Your Clinic Day FAQ

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Are there right or wrong ways of doing the computer tasks?

There are no right or wrong ways of doing the tasks. It is not a pass/fail test and we expect everyone to perform differently.

Are the computer tasks difficult?

There will be a mix and some tasks will be more difficult than others. It’s important not to worry too much and just do your best.

Will I find out my scores from the tasks?

The tasks are not scored and everyone will get different results. There is no pass/fail for these tests and you will not be given your results.

What are the clinic questionnaires about?

The questionnaires will help us to understand more about your feelings, attitudes and behaviour in your everyday life. Some are written questionnaires you can do yourself; others will be done as an interview with a researcher. You may find that some of the questions asked are sensitive or distressing, but you do not have to answer anything which makes you uncomfortable.

Is having an MRI scan dangerous?

MRI takes pictures of your brain using magnetic fields. You should not have any ill effects from exposure to magnetism; it is considerably safer than an X-ray, for example. Before we confirm an MRI appointment with you, we will give you a full safety screening to make sure that you’re okay to have a scan. As MRI uses powerful magnets, it’s very important that you tell us about any metal you have in your body, as this may mean you are not safe to have a scan. MRI is not known to cause any ill effects to unborn children, but just to be safe you should not consent to a research MRI if you know or suspect that you are pregnant.

Will I need to take a radioactive tracer to have an MRI scan?

No; MRI does not need radioactive tracers, so you will not have to take anything. You may have heard of other scans like PET which work by tracking a radioactive substance around the body, but we are not doing these kinds of scans.

I had an MRI scan and have now found out that I’m pregnant; what should I do?

While there is no evidence that exposure to MRI harms a foetus, you should not agree to an MRI scan for research purposes if you know or suspect that you are pregnant, you are actively trying to get pregnant, or you are having sex without reliable contraception. If you have since found out that you were pregnant when you had your MRI, please contact us to let us know as we will need to monitor the pregnancy.

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