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MRI Scans

MRI Scans

We've made it easier than ever to book a private MRI scan near you. By partnering with over 150 scanning centres across the UK, we're able to show you every available option - from prices to locations to services - to help you make the best decision for you.

Private MRI Scans

What do MRI scans look for?

MRI scans are safe and versatile. They can look for many different health indicators, and there are a variety of scan types available to help you get the diagnosis you need.

Why do I need an MRI Scan?

An MRI scan allows medical professionals to study the inside of your body, and provide diagnoses and treatment plans where required.

Our expert clinical team, led by consultant radiologist Dr Khalid Latief (BMSc, MBChB, FRCP, FRCR) will take the time to speak to you 1-1, to understand your medical needs, and ensure you receive the right diagnostic scan quickly and efficiently.

How long does it take to get private MRI scan results?

After your MRI scan, a radiologist will examine your images, and compile a report of their findings.

The radiologist will then send your results to our clinical team, which can take up to a week. They will check your results, and email a copy to you.

If anything adverse is noted in your report, your clinician will provide a post-scan consultation call to explain the results and next steps.

How is an MRI scan performed?

MRI scans are performed by radiographers, who are highly trained specialists. They will explain the procedure beforehand, but will leave the room and speak to you via headphones during the scan. The scanner is noisy, so you will usually be able to listen to music to help you relax.

You will need to lie very still on a motorised flat bed, which moves in and out of the scanner. MRI scans take between 15-90 minutes, depending on area being scanned. Some scans require contrast material to help generate more defined images. This will usually be administered by IV.

What types of MRI scan are there?

MRI scans have a wide range of uses and applications. Along with general body imaging, we offer some specialist scans, including prostate multi parametric (MPM) for detailed prostate imaging, Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) for blood vessel imaging, and cardiac MRIs for scanning the heart.

There are also different types of MRI scanners. The most common type is cylindrical shaped, also known as closed-bore. Claustrophobic patients or those with reduced mobility might opt for an open or upright scanner. MRI machines also differ in magnet strength (1.5T or 3T). In most cases, 1.5T is a suitable option.

How do I prepare for an MRI scan?

MRI scans are safe and non-invasive, and preparations are minimal. We will let you know ahead of time if you need to do anything in particular, like avoiding eating or drinking beforehand. You might also need to complete medical history and consent forms at your scanning centre.

The scanner's strong magnets can interact with metal objects, so we recommend wearing soft, comfortable clothing with no metal fastenings. You will be asked to remove glasses, belts, watches, jewellery, dentures and hearing aids. You might be asked to change into a medical gown.

MRI Scan Costs

When you book a private MRI with Scan.com, you'll receive a full, end-to-end package of care, starting from just £305.

The cost of our scans vary depending on the pricing set by the individual scanning centres.

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Private MRI Scan

Starting from £305

Quick and easy referral process, with support from a dedicated expert clinician

Your MRI scan, at a selected location near you

Digital access to your radiologist's report, and the option to request copies of your images as required

If there are any next steps or adverse findings, our expert clinicians will provide a post-scan phone consultation to explain your scan results

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How It Works

01

Booking and referral

Select a scan type and convenient location, and make payment to secure your booking.

Within 2 days, you'll receive a phone consultation with an expert clinician, who will ask you about your symptoms, and complete your scan referral

02

Scan confirmation

After referral, your chosen scanning site will call you to offer a choice of appointment times.

Some of our sites allow appointment pre-selection at the point of booking. If you've already selected a time, we'll email to confirm it at this stage.

03

Have your scan

The expert radiographers, sonographers and patient care staff at your selected partner centre will answer any queries and complete your scan.

After your scan, the images will be prepared and sent to a highly qualified radiologist for reporting.

04

Receive your results

Our clinicians will receive your report, and email a copy to you. You can also request copies of your images if needed for onward care.

If any abnormalities are found, our clinicians will contact you to discuss your results and next steps.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions about booking an MRI scan with us, visit our FAQ guide.

Can’t see an answer to your question? Our friendly patient care team are happy to help.

More FAQs

Do I need a GP referral or self-referral?

A key benefit of booking with Scan.com is that you do not need a GP referral to access our services. There is also no self-referral process. Instead, our in-house medical team will contact you once you have booked and made payment for your scan. Our clinicians will ask you for all of the relevant information they need to compile a referral on your behalf, which is then passed on to your chosen scanning site.

How will I receive my results?

Once you have had your scan, your radiologist’s report will be emailed to you in PDF format, usually within 7 working days.

Digital copies of your images are also available as required for onward care. The method for accessing the images differs depending on your chosen scanning site.

Some sites use IEP(Image Exchange Portal), while others require an image request form to be completed. Please refer to your results email for further information.

What's included in the price of my booking?

  • A pre-scan consultation from one of our medical team over the phone or via email.
  • A written referral by our medical team, using the information from your consultation.
  • An MRI scan at your chosen scanning centre.
  • A written report on your scan by a consultant radiologist.
  • Access to copies of your scan images, which are downloadable, as required.
  • A post-scan consultation with one of our medical team if there are any adverse findings in your scan.

How long does an MRI Scan take?

An MRI scan on a single body part typically takes between 10–30 minutes

Full-body MRI scans, additional body parts, or more complex scans can last up to 90 minutes. this time frame can vary, and your radiographer will let you know the estimated duration of your scan before the procedure starts. Visit our news page for more information on how MRI scans work.

Can I cancel and get a refund?

Yes, we do offer cancellations and refunds, though depending on the status of your booking this may incur a £50 cancellation fee. For more information, visit our terms and conditions.

Dedicated Care

By a team of experienced clinicians

Meet our team of expert radiologists, osteopaths, physiotherapists and general practitioners. They're here to provide the highest standards of care throughout your scanning journey.

Khalid Latief

Dr. Khalid Latief

BMSc, MBChB, FRCP, FRCR

Jasper Nissim

Jasper Nissim

D.O.

Nicola Turner

Dr Nicola Turner

MBChB, MRCGP, BSc Pharm, MRPSGB, Dip Clin Pharm, BSc Hons

Anna Podlasek

Dr Anna Podlasek

BMSc, MBChB, FRCP, FRCR

Emma Ross

Emma Ross

D.O.

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