MRI scanning

From Monday 8 January 2018 we will be launching a new 7 day MRI service with early morning and late night appointments available.
The new 7 day MRI service offers patients faster access to investigations with appointments available every day. Our 3-Tesla MRI scanner is the most advanced MRI imaging currently available in clinical practice and the region’s only 3T scanner in private healthcare outside of Central London.
MRI appointments will available 7 days a week at the following times:
Sunday – 9am to 1pm
Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 9pm
Saturday 8am to 4pm

New lower prices for MRI scans

The new 7 day MRI service will offer discounted early bird services available and late night clinics with MRI scans available from only £349*.

Day Times Price for 1 part MRI Price for 2 part MRI
Monday to Friday 7.30am to 9.00am Early bird prices available. Please check at time of booking* Early bird prices available. Please check at time of booking *
Monday to Friday 9.00am to 9.00pm £465** £913**
Saturday 8.00am to 9.00am Early bird prices available. Please check at time of booking * Early bird prices available. Please check at time of booking *
Saturday 9.00am to 4.00pm £465** £913**
Sunday 9.00am to 1.00pm £465** £913**

Off Peak* (terms and conditions apply) Peak**

Important information 

  • You will need to be referred for diagnostic imaging by a GP or healthcare professional before you can have a MRI scan.
  • We always try our best to offer MRI appointments within 48 hours to facilitate fast diagnosis and treatment.
  • Diagnostic imaging reports are available to the referrer usually within 48 hours of the examination.
  • Please note we cannot scan patients with pacemakers.
  • We do not use sedation on paediatric patients.
  • Please check price at time of booking.

What MRI scans are available?

MRI Scanning: BUPA Approved MRI Unit

  • general MRI scans (brain, spine, joints, abdomen and pelvis)
  • musculoskeletal MRI scans
  • cardiac MRI
  • MRI angiography
  • breast MRI scans (BUPA approved breast care unit)
  • gynaecological MRI scans
  • multi-parametric prostate MRI scans (BUPA accredited Centre)
  • paediatric MRI scans.

To book an appointment call 020 8936 1202.

Frequently asked questions

What is an MRI scan?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of your body including deep tissue, organs and blood vessels. It is a non-invasive diagnostic tool which emits zero radiation, is painless and only occasionally requires preparation such as fasting.

Why is the 3T MRI scanner better?
Our 3T scanner produces images of a much higher resolution enabling us the capability of imaging smaller lesions and anatomy not always clearly visualised on 1.5T scanners, particularly in musculoskeletal, oncological, cardiac and brain imaging. The higher resolution imaging also means that it is no longer necessary to inject a dye into patients to pick up internal images for certain examinations.

With our 3T scanner, you can enter the MRI either feet or head first and with its larger magnet bore the whole experience of having an MRI far more comfortable and less claustrophobic for patients. The imaging process is also quieter and faster on a 3T scanner.

What happens during the MRI scan?
You will be given a gown to wear for your scan and can prepare for your scan using our dedicated patient waiting areas and changing facilities. Once ready, your radiographer will accompany you into the scanning room and ask you to lie down on the scanner table which will move into the tunnel-like MRI scanner to take the images. Your radiographer can talk to you whilst you are having your scan and put you at your ease but it is important that you remain still as any movement will blur the images produced. On average an MRI scan will take approximately 20 minutes.

When will I get the results?
All MRI scans are reported by a Consultant Radiologist.  We will ensure your results are sent back to your doctor or consultant who referred you for the x-ray quickly, usually within 48 hours, for them to discuss with you.

To book an appointment call 020 8936 1202.

Are you insured?

The Holly Private Hospital is recognised by all the major medical insurers and as a private patient you will enjoy the benefits of our premium service.

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Not insured?

Patients who wish to pay for their own consultation and treatment can book a self-pay appointment today.

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