How do I get a private MRI scan?
If you need a private MRI scan and you’ve been referred by a clinician, you can send us your referral and book an appointment online by clicking on the ‘Book now‘ button on the right. You can also call or email us to book. Select the best price and time for you by taking a look at our Live Pricing Calendar, where you can see our variable pricing structure and appointment availability.
If you don’t have a referral you can head over to Oryon Connect for advice on how to get one, and for help to guide you to a suitable healthcare professional, who can see you for a consultation and refer you for imaging if necessary.
How much does a private MRI scan cost?
The national average for a standard MRI scan cost is £363, according to Private Healthcare UK. We offer standard MRI scans from as little as £200, depending on the date and time you book. We also stay affordable when the MRI scan is more complex, for example an abdomen or pelvis scan might cost £675, which is still comparatively affordable. Check our Live Prices Calendar for an idea of how our prices work, or give us a call to find out more about MRI cost and other scan types.
How do I refer a patient for an MRI scan?
The easiest way to refer for MRI is to log in or sign up to our online community, Connect. Here you can submit referrals, book patient appointments, view scan images and reports, and manage patient appointments. You can also call us on 020 7042 1888 or email the referral to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is MRI?
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Our 1.5T scanner is a tube-shaped magnet that is open at both ends, in a spacious room. See our blog on 1.5T vs 3T MRI machines. MRIs are safe and completely painless; they use a magnetic field and radio waves to help your doctor make a diagnosis by building up a detailed picture of the inside of your body. Many clinicians prefer MRI scans to other scan types because they provide a wealth of information without the involvement of radiation and can be used to investigate almost any part of the body.
We specialise in a wide range of accessible and high-quality private MRI scanning in Central London. These include:
Efficiency: The total time patients spend in our London imaging centre during a single region MRI is up to an hour. This involves registering, meeting your Radiographer – when the process will be explained and questions can be asked – and the MRI being performed.
Central location: We are in the heart of London’s Harley Street medical district on Wimpole Street, just a few minutes’ walk from Oxford Circus or Bond Street tube station.
Consultant-led approach: All our exams are reported by our expert Consultant Radiologists. Each has their own interests and specialities, allowing us to assign scans to the most qualified Consultant for the region.
Rapid online results: Patients and their referrers can see the MRI images immediately after the patient finishes their scan on our secure online community, Connect. All patients also leave their appointment with a CD of their MRI images. Our Consultant Radiologists aim to upload reports to the referring clinician’s account within one working day. Call us on 020 7042 1888 to get set up with an account in a few easy steps. Alternatively, login details are emailed to you automatically when we receive your first referral.
A quality service: The quality of our MRI service in London’s Harley Street medical district is recognised by all major insurers including BUPA, AXA PPP and WPA. We are also registered and regulated by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
Before your appointment
Before your appointment you’ll be asked to complete a safety questionnaire to make sure you are able to have the scan. For example, certain types of implants are not suitable for MRI. Your Radiographer will also double check these safety questions with you on the day.
Once we’ve received your referral and you’ve been booked in for your MRI scan, you’ll receive confirmation with all the details of your appointment.
Most MRI scans do not require you to change your day to day life at all. For a small number of scans, (depending on the region you’re having scanned), you may be asked not to eat or drink anything except water for up to six hours before your appointment. We’ll let you know well in advance if this applies to you. The MRI scanner is a magnet, so if you want to avoid changing into a gown, try to wear comfortable clothing with no metal at all, for example a tracksuit, (so no zips, studs, wires etc.).
When you arrive
When you arrive at our centre in Central London, please check-in at Reception on the Lower Ground Floor. You’ll be then be greeted by the Radiographer, who will show you to the changing room, where you can lock away your valuables and change into a gown if necessary. They will also explain the exam and answer any queries.
During your appointment
You’ll then be taken through into the MRI room, where you’ll lie on the MRI table and be slid into the scanner. You’ll be given a hand-held call bell that you can squeeze at any time during the scan to talk to the Radiographer, who will be in regular contact to update you on the progress of the scan and will be able to see you from the control room. We will tell you how long you should expect to be in the centre before you arrive for your appointment.
After your appointment
After your scan, you can collect your valuables from the changing room, and that’s that! Your MRI scan images are uploaded to your account on our secure online community, Connect, immediately after the scan, and we aim to send reports, which are completed by one of our Consultant Radiologists, to your referring clinician via Connect within one working day. To discuss your report and to find out what your next steps might be, you should make an appointment with your clinician.
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