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Full Body MRI Scan Guide

An MRI is a modern medical innovation that serves as a powerful diagnostic tool for identifying abnormalities inside the body.

The images produced in a scan give physicians insight into the body without the need for invasive biopsy surgeries. This can help diagnose soft tissue diseases, find the source of pain or inflammation, and identify abnormal tissue or tumour growth.

In a typical MRI scan, a doctor will order the scan of a specific area or part of the body.

However, there is now an option to utilize a full-body MRI scan as a preventative health tool.

In fact, a full-body MRI scan can check for up to 362 potential conditions. Just like a regular physical exam, it can also be used as an overall temperature check of your health.

Let’s break down the in’s and out’s of what is involved in a full body scan and the benefits of having this procedure.

What Does a Full Body Include?

A full-body scan includes the important organs and structures of the body. These are areas that are the most complex and are also the areas that are prone to disease, abnormal growth, or degeneration.

A full-body scan will examine the following:

Head and Brain

Head and brain scans are essential for catching tumour growth, or blot clots that can cause a potentially life-threatening aneurysm.


The neck is home to an array of important structures, such as blood vessels, nerves, brain stem, vertebrae, spinal cord. A scan of this area can check for growths or tumours that could be pressing against important structures causing pain or discomfort.


The spine supports the entire body. It protects the spinal cord, supports the load of the upper trunk, and helps protect vital organs. Made up of vertebrae separated by intervertebral disks, the spine also has the responsibility of protecting nerves as they feed to various areas of the body. If one of those cushioning discs bulges or slips it can cause not only back pain but pressure on the nerve bundles resulting in discomfort and numbness in other areas of the body.


The abdomen holds the bulk of our essential organs. It is protected by the spine and the ribcage. This vital area of the body is where our kidneys and liver are found. An MRI scan can identify areas of deterioration, inflammation, or abnormal tissue growth, like tumours, in these important structures. An abdominal MRI can also, detect hernias or other ailments affecting the soft tissue structures. Early identification of issues affecting these organs is crucial to implementing effective medical interventions.


A pelvic scan is important to assess the health of the hip bones, joints and cartilage. However, this area is also home to other important structures such as the bladder, uterus and ovaries. During a full body scan, images of this area will be taken. The resulting images will be able to depict ovarian cysts, endometriosis, tumours, inflammation or other conditions that may be causing discomfort. Early intervention can prevent these problems from becoming worse.

What Are the Benefits of a Full Body MRI Scan?

A full-body scan is a way for you to take control of your health. Much like a physical, a full-body MRI scan will be able to assess key areas of the body that are prone to disease, inflammation and degeneration. Medical technology has grown to the point that, in addition to doctor recommendations, individual’s can choose what additional medical diagnostics could benefit their overall health.

An excellent example of taking health into your own hands is by taking advantage of private blood test clinics like Thriva. Their services can test patients for important antibodies and other key disease indicators, without the need for a doctor referral.

Similarly, a full-body scan is a way for you to take your health into your own hands. You can now have a full-body scan, which can check for 362 potential conditions, without a doctor referral. This procedure can serve as an extra pair of eyes when it comes to the current status of your health.

What Does a Full Body Scan Cost?

The national average cost of an MRI scan of a single body part or area is £363. A full-body MRI scans multiple areas during a single procedure. The cost of a full-body scan at National MRI Scan is £1449.

Through the NHS it is impossible to have a full-body scan without a doctor referral. If the scan is not urgent, you could be waiting up to 18 weeks. However, at one of our centres, you can receive an appointment for a full-body scan in as little as 5 days. Again without the need for a doctor referral.

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How Long Does Fully Body Scan Take?

A typical MRI scan takes approximately 45 minutes depending on the area being scanned. A typical full-body scan will take about 60 to 90 minutes.

How to Prepare For a Full Body Scan?

An MRI does not take an extensive amount of preparation. However, since a full-body MRI does scan your abdomen, you may be asked to abstain from eating or drinking for approximately 4 hours before your procedure. This is to ensure accurate images can be obtained of this specific area of the body.

On the day of your scan, you will be asked to fill out a medical questionnaire.

It is important to inform the radiographer if you have any allergies to medication. It is common for certain MRI scans to use contrast material to highlight specific types of tissue. Therefore it’s essential for you to note any allergies to it or any other medication.

Although MRI technology has improved over the years it is still possible for the generated magnetic field to affect the settings of a pacemaker or defibrillator. Please inform the staff if you have any of these medical devices.

Metal objects can also affect the results of the scan, as a result, it’s necessary to indicate if you have any artificial metal joints, stints, or screws. Additionally, if you are wearing any jewellery or piercings, you will need to remove them before the procedure.

You should also inform the technician if you are pregnant. There has been no link between MRI scans and birth defects. However, it is important to provide a comprehensive medical history to the clinic.

The Bottom Line

MRI technology is has evolved to become a go-to diagnostic tool in medicine. The ability to have a full-body scan to test for up to 362 conditions, provides a new level of health surveillance. This technology can be used in conjunction with traditional physicals to not on;y catch problems or diseases early but start medical intervention earlier to increase the chances of a full recovery.

If you are interested in scheduling a full-body scan or are looking for more information, contact us. Our team, at National MRI Scan, is here to answer any questions you may have and help you take charge of your own health.

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