MRI scans

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses a large magnet, pulses of radio waves, and a computer to create images of your baby.

An MRI scan can be helpful as an addition to ultrasound to get more information about your baby’s physical development. It is not harmful to your baby. MRI scans are carried out at a specialist centre.

MRI is not usually performed until after 22 weeks, but if it can be done later than this the images will usually be better.

You may be offered an MRI if there are findings in your baby’s brain, spine, lungs, kidneys and sometimes other body parts.

You can find more information about MRI scans here: