No referral is required for a private MRI scan with us.
One of the benefits of booking through our service is that you will have a remote consultation online with our medical team, who will carry out the referral assessment and arrange your scan with a clinic directly.
You do not need a GP referral to book an MRI scan using our online service. We do however require your GP details in case of emergency only.
We do not have the facility to check dates and availability before bookings are made.
You will be contacted with 4–10 working days from the date of booking with the details of your appointment.
A member of our medical team will contact you via email or phone to discuss your scan results and what you need to do next.
In some cases, you may be directed to your GP, if so we’ll provide you with everything you need for the follow-up consultation. Take a look at our booking guide for further information on how it works.
Scan reports can take about a week for them to be received by us in the clinic. At this point we get in contact with you to discuss your results.
Please contact us if you do not hear from us after a week.
If you wish to cancel your scan, there will be a £50 fee for the administration work already included in your referral. Failure to give 48 hours notice of your appointment time will result in no refund of fees.
You can split the cost of any of our scans, including Full Body Scans, across three monthly payments using Paypal's 'Buy Now, Pay Later' option during your booking.
There are no additional fees, and the finance is provided at 0% interest.
Please visit Paypal's website to learn more.
This is due to different health care companies having different price structures, and is something we do not control.
Unfortunately we cannot provide sedation for our MRI scans.
An MRI scan on a single body part typically takes between 10–30 minutes, and may take longer for any additional or more complex scans. Your radiographer will let you know the estimated duration of the procedure beforehand. Visit our page for further information on how magnetic resonance imaging works.
MRI scans are a perfectly safe and painless procedure, with no associated dangers or risks. The process does not involve an x-ray, which means that there is no exposure to radiation at any point.
Requirements are that patients must remove any metal objects prior to the scan and follow the appropriate safety procedures, and inform the Radiographers of your past medical history. Our medical team will have already let you know if you are not eligible for a scan.
There are currently no known side-effects of an MRI scan. In the rare case that you experience shortness of breath, a rash or symptoms of an allergic reaction, please notify us immediately. These effects are usually mild, and apply only to those who have had a contrast injection as part of the procedure.
Metallic materials within the body are not compatible with MRI scanning machines due to the magnets that are used, and therefore a scan is not suitable for anyone with pacemakers, artificial heart valves, cochlear implants or any other metal fragments. Some patients may still be eligible for a scan, and in all cases our consultants will decide if it’s safe for you first.
Although MRI scans do not use radiation, which is potentially harmful for unborn babies, the scan is not typically recommended for pregnant women. You should therefore notify your consultant immediately if there is a chance that you could be pregnant.
Magnetic resonance imaging relies on extremely powerful magnets to produce detailed images of the body. It cannot be said for all tattoos, but tattoo ink can sometimes contain fragments of metal, and therefore react with the magnetic force of the MRI machine.
Unfortunately there is no way to know for certain if a tattoo contains metal, but typically those produced within the past 20 years won’t use metallic ink. In any case it’s always best to discuss existing tattoos with your Doctor or Consultant first prior to the scan.
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