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MRI Scanning

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of your body including muscles, ligaments and tendons, internal 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 or an injection of MRI dye (contrast)

Our Service

Highgate Private Hospital boasts a wide and short bore 1.5 tesla Philips Ingenia capable of producing the highest quality MRI images with reduced scanning times. MRI scans can help diagnose inflammation, disease and cancer, and monitor many other health conditions including of the brain, internal organs, soft tissue and joints and bones.

We offer a wide range of MRI scans which include but are not limited to:

  • Brain, Neurological, Spinal (including discs)
  • Ear, Nose, Throat
  • Female (Gynaecological)
  • Male (Prostate, Testes, Penis)
  • Breast
  • Internal organs
  • Urology
  • Orthopaedic (Bones, Muscles)
  • Screening for diseases/conditions
  • Specialised scans:
    • Arthrograms (highly detailed joint scans)
    • Vascular/Angiography
    • Dynamic studies
    • Proctography
    • Cardiology

Scans are available every weekday including early mornings and evenings, and Saturday mornings.

Your Scan

You will need to be referred for diagnostic imaging by a GP or an appropriate healthcare professional before you can have an MRI scan.  Ensure you bring the original request form from the GP. 

Most MRI scans require you to change a gown. 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 our wide and short MRI scanner to take the images.  It is important that you remain still as any movement will blur the images produced. On average an MRI scan will take approximately 30 minutes, but some scans can take longer.

Your 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.

Patient Information

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR MRI WITH IV CONTRAST

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR MRI NON CONTRAST

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR MRI SMALL BOWEL WITH IV CONTRAST

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR MRI CHOLEPANCREATOGRAPHY (MRCP)

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR CAVERJET/PENIS

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR MRI PROCTOGRAM

Are you insured?

We welcome patients with private medical insurance and are approved by all major insurers, including Bupa and AXA PPP.

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Not insured?

We offer a variety of fixed price Self-Pay Packages for those considering paying for their own treatment.

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