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Focus on: MRI and low back pain

Welcome to the NHS Institute's MRI and low back pain website.



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Radiology kit launched 

Radiology Kit front coverThe NHS Institute for Improvement and Innovation has launched a kit designed to help radiology departments review and assess their booking processes and identify areas for improvement for the benefit of patients and staff.  To order a copy please click here.

Developed in co-production with radiology departments and front line NHS staff Transforming your Radiology Services Kit: Focus on Booking Processes will help identify areas for improvement and provide solutions and tools.

Two copies of the kit have been sent to every NHS trust in England. 

Focus On: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Low Back Pain

The findings from the NHS Institute's work on MRI are published in Focus On: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Low Back Pain. mri.jpg

 The aim of the document is to highlight the ideal pathway and the key characteristics that optimise quality and value for patients requiring MRI. Although the focus of this work is on MRI in low back pain it is vital to recognise that the lessons learned have broad relevance to imaging pathways in general. The strength of this work is that builds upon many existing improvement ideas and best practice principles already evident in busy MRI units. We hope this is an opportunity for clinical radiology leaders and managers to use this document to develop local MRI services in a cost effective and sustainable way.   

Read the report Focus On: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Low Back Pain


Listen to an interview with Robin Evans.


Robin Evans – Clinical Lead
Helen Crick – Coproduction Manager
Sophie Cowley – Associate

Contact us

If you would like to find out more about the MRI work please email radiologykit@institute.nhs.uk *

* Please note that the NHS Institute is an innovation and improvement organisation and is unable to give medical advice to patients or their carers


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