We’re delighted to announce the arrival of our brand-new, state-of-the-art MRI scanner on-site at The New Foscote Hospital. The permanent facility is available 6 days a week, providing over 300 scanning appointments for patients every month.
What is an MRI scan?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses radio waves and strong magnetic fields to scan and produce high-quality images of the body internally. The MRI scanner can be used to scan almost any part of the body including the brain and spinal cord, internal organs such as the liver, bladder and womb, breasts, bones, joints, and the heart.
What happens during a scan?
In order to have a scan taken, you will have to lie down on a bed which is fed through a large tubular mount containing powerful magnets. Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may move into the scanner head or feet first.
Once you are inside the MRI scanner the scan will start. Please note that the MRI scanner is very noisy although ear protection is available upon request. Once you’re inside the MRI machine, nothing will move or touch you. The radiographer will be able to see and hear you from an external monitor therefore if you have any problems do not hesitate to raise them whilst inside the scanner.
The MRI scan will be run and operated by an experienced radiographer who is fully-trained in imaging investigations. They operate the scan with a computer held in another room – this is to keep the computer away from the magnetic fields that the MRI generates.
The scan should take around 30 minutes depending on the number of areas being scanned.
Should you prepare for the scan?
On the day of your scan, you should be able to drink, eat and take any prescribed medication as usual unless advised otherwise.
Upon your arrival at the hospital, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire about your health and medical history.
As the MRI scanner uses strong magnetic fields it’s important to make sure anything metal is removed from your body. This includes watches, jewelry, dentures, piercings, hearing aids, and wigs.
When will you get the results?
Our radiologists will provide a report back to your referring clinician within 48 hours of your scan.
This is dependant on the complexity of the examination i.e if we feel the scan must be reported by two consultants or by a particular specialist. We will inform you of any time delay.
How much does it cost?
This will be dependant on the number of areas scanned and whether any contrast injection is required.
As a guide, prices for scans without contrast injections are from the following;
1 area – £450*
2 areas – £650*
3 areas – £750*
*Conditions and restrictions apply. Please ask for details.
If you would like to make a general enquiry about our private MRI scanning services, please contact us using the form below.