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Patients do not need to prepare in any way for a scan and may eat and drink normally beforehand.

Upon your arrival you will be greeted in reception and asked to complete a registration form. The Radiographer will go through a safety questionnaire and fully explain the procedure to you.

Any valuables or belongings you have with you will be safely locked away in a changing cubicle.

In the scan room you will be asked to lie on the MRI scanner table and the radiographers will be in contact with you at all times. The scan will take from 15 minutes up to an hour, depending on the number of images we need to take. You are then free to go and we will forward the results to your doctor, usually within 24 hours, often sooner.

Patients who are anxious or claustrophobic should feel reassured that we scan many patients who have been unable to tolerate a scan elsewhere. We will work with people individually in order to achieve the best outcome from their visit to us.

Because of the strong magnetic field strength used, MRI is not suitable for anyone with:

  • A Cardiac Pacemaker
  • Neural stimulators
  • Cochlear implants
  • Certain types of body implants, monitoring devices and aneurysm clips
  • Within the first trimester of pregnancy

If you are unsure whether the list applies to you, please contact us directly or speak to your doctor.

Fees and Insurance Details:

The cost of the scan will depend on the type of examination we have to perform, please ask for details.
If you are covered by private medical insurance, please bring all your membership details with you and contact your insurer to get authorisation for the scan beforehand. Please contact your health insurance company beforehand in this instance. If you are self funding, you will need to pay on the day of your appointment with a credit card or with cash.

Before undergoing an MRI scan a patient will need a referral letter from a doctor which ensures we perform the most appropriate scan for each individual.

Referrals may be made by a specialist, consultant or general practitioner (GP). Physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths can also make referrals.

You can bring the referral letter along with you on the day of your scan, or alternatively your doctor can fax or email the form to us.

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