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.
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.
Examines the brain, skull and surrounding tissues to identify anomalies, including possible causes of headaches, dizziness and memory loss.
Shows the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and nerves that make up the knee joint. It can help identify causes of pain.
Looks at the vertebrae, discs, nerves and spinal cord in the middle section of the spine, to identify causes of numbness, tingling, or pain.
Magnetic resonance cholangio pancreatography (MRCP) scans evaluate the pancreas, bile ducts and gallbladder.
An assessment of the hip joint and surrounding tissues, to identify inflammation, arthritis, tumours and other abnormalities.
A method of viewing the lobes of the liver, as well as surrounding blood vessels. Can identify damage, liver diseases, and tumours.
A scan of the last 5 vertebrae between the ribs and pelvis, to identify bone, soft tissue, nerve or disc issues that could cause pain or numbness in the back or legs.
Visit our body parts directory to find out more about the scans you can book with us.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Khalid Latief
BMSc, MBChB, FRCP, FRCR
Dr Nicola Turner
MBChB, MRCGP, BSc Pharm, MRPSGB, Dip Clin Pharm, BSc Hons
Dr Anna Podlasek
BMSc, MBChB, FRCP, FRCR
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