Bournemouth Open Upright MRI Press Information

In September 2014 the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic opened a new facility, the Bournemouth Open Upright MRI. The official launch of the scanner, which will see AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe open the facility, is set to take place on Thursday 23rd April. Please see below for more details on the scanner as well as images and quotes that can be used as part of any press activity.

What is Bournemouth Open Upright MRI: interview with Mel Jones, Superintendent MRI radiographer:

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Bournemouth Open Upright MRI Facts:

  1. The Bournemouth Open Upright MRI is one of only four in the country and the only one on the South Coast of England
  2. It is a 1 million pound investment for the college
  3. The Open and Upright Scanner provides an alternative to the traditional tunnel experience and can be of comfort to those that are claustrophobic or suffer from anxiety
  4. Patients can be scanned in a variety of positions including flexion, extension, sitting or lying down
  5. The scanner is a Paramed 0.5T open magnet
  6. The Open Upright MRI combined with the AECC's Quantitative Fluoroscopy service gives the AECC a combination of advanced imaging technologies not available anywhere else in the world
  7. The facility is run by Melanie Jones MSc, a highly experienced Superintendent Radiographer, previously of Oxford University
  8. The scanner is housed in a purpose-built extension to the AECC's Clinic building (one of the busiest chiropractic clinics in Europe with over 1,000 patient treatments a week) 


MRI Quotes

MRI patient: Joanna Poultner

Joanna didn't think that she was claustrophobic until she had an unpleasant experience at a tunnel scanner in London. She left the scan and instead opted to use the Bournemouth Open Upright MRI service. 

"Well what can I say. The radiographer that looked after me couldn't have been more caring and made the experience a lot less stressful then the time I went to London and tried to have a MRI scan. The staff made the time fly by, talked to me and reassured me at all times. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Open Upright MRI scanner to my friends and family."

MRI team: Professor Alan Breen, Director of Special Imaging

"This technology puts AECC and chiropractic in the UK firmly in the advanced spine diagnostics arena. This scanner will be a focus for service to patients and the community, enhanced education for students, CPD for graduates, and research opportunities for academics. It will be the only open, upright scanner in the South Coast of England and it's purchase is very timely."

AECC Principal Haymo Thiel

"This scanner is very unique as it will be one of only four in the country and it provides an alternative to the traditional tunnel experience."

Consultant Radiologist, Dr Andy Morris

“I have worked as a Consultant Radiologist at Salisbury District Hospital for over 30 yrs. Having the Bournemouth Open  Upright is a fantastic opportunity for the profession as it enables us to scan the spine and joints in different positions, not possible with a conventional scanner, so that symptomatic positions and instability can be assessed. Also it will make MRI more easily accessible to patients, particularly for those that suffer from claustrophobia." 


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 Patient in a sitting position on the Bournemouth Open Upright MRI

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MRI interview transcript

We spoke to our Radiographer, Mel Jones to find out more about Open Upright MRI.

What is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI?)

An MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and it’s another way of imaging the different body parts without using X-Rays. We can see things from soft tissues to nerves to muscle groups.

What makes the Bournemouth Open Upright MRI different to conventional MRI scanners?

Our MRI scanner is completely open and that allows us to scan patients in a variety of positions such as in a sitting or even standing position. Because the scanner is open, it gives a feeling of more space so it makes it easier for claustrophobic patients to manage the scans.

Is this service right for me?

We see a wide range of patients but typically we see those that suffer from claustrophobia and those that are unable to lay flat.

How are patients referred to the Bournemouth Open Upright MRI?

All of our patients are referred to us by their clinician or healthcare professional who can download one of our referral forms from our website: once they’ve completed this, they can send it to us and we will contact the patients to arrange their appointment and run through anything they need to do to prepare for their scans.

What can I expect on the day of my scan?

On the day of the scan we will greet the patient in reception and escort them to the MRI scanning suite, where we can prepare them for their examination. This will involve running through a safety questionnaire with the radiographer, and then getting the patient to change into a gown, if it’s necessary. We will then take them into the scan room where they will be positioned on the scanner and they just need to remain still for the duration of their scans. Typically for a one-part scan such as the lumbar spine it will take between 30 minutes and 45 minutes, depending on what we are doing. When we’ve finished the scans the patients will then be allowed to go, the scans will be reported on by one of our consultant radiologists and we then send all of the reports on to the referrer.

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