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What is an MRI Scan?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a type of scan which gives detailed pictures of the brain that cannot be obtained in any other way. It is safe and it does not use X-rays or radiation.

Our scan will last around 45 minutes, during which time you will need to lie still in order to get clear pictures of your brain. The scanner is very noisy so we will give you earphones to reduce the noise.

For part of the scan, you will be asked to perform one task, which will be displayed on a computer screen. During this task, you will be shown faces showing different emotions and you will be asked to match them to the correct emotion and remember the images for a short period of time.

You will have the chance to do a ‘practice’ MRI scan to familiarize yourself with the scanner and the scanning process. Our team is very experienced at preparing young people for MRI scans, but we will stop the scan if during the practice session or the real scan you become anxious or uncomfortable.

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Can I change my mind?


We only want you to do what you are comfortable with. If there is any part of the study which makes you anxious or if you simply decide you do not want to participate any longer, just let us know. No hard feelings!

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Can I bring a parent/guardian?

Or friend?

We need your parent's/guardian's consent for you to participate in the study, so it is advised that they accompany you to the visit. However if this cannot be done, that is also fine. We just need to have a chat with them ahead of time.

You are welcome to bring a friend/sibling with you to wait.

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How do I get there?

And how do I get back?

We are located on the Kings College London, Denmark Hill Campus, which is a 5 minute walk from Denmark Hill station

If for any reason you are unable to use public transport we can arrange an Uber to and from the visit, free of charge!

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