Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a test which creates detailed images of the bone and soft tissues in the shoulder. It is not always the first or best test required for assessing your shoulder. Mr Lyons will be able to advise whether it is appropriate for your shoulder condition

How it works

MRI detects magnetic fields in your shoulder. Computer programs use this information to produce information about the shoulder structures. The data can be analysed to produce high resolution images of the part of your shoulder that may be causing problems. The Scans can focus on different parts of your shoulder as appropriate.


MRI Scans may be helpful in assessing:

  • Rotator Cuff Tendon Tears
  • Biceps Tendon issues
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Osteoarthritis
  • Bone Tumours


You will be lying flat when the MRI is performed. You will slide in to a tunnel like machine. Many patients experience a feeling of claustrophobia. The machine can also be quite noisy. Even though you feel isolated the radiology staff will be able to communicate with you by headphones. You may feel more relaxed listening to some music through your headset. You will have a call button if you are become anxious. Even though may feel alone the technician is very nearby and can communicate with you during the scan. You will feel no discomfort during the MRI other than needing to stay still during the test.

Risks and Complications

There is no radiation exposure during an MRI.

Shoulder MRI