What are MRI and MRE Scans?
MRI and MRE scans are diagnostic procedures that produce detailed images of your internal system. They are incredibly helpful in identifying issues within the body, including your bones and joints, your heart and internal organs, and even your neurological system, brain and spinal cord.
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and it uses magnetic fields and radio waves to create images of the inside of your body.
MRE stands for Magnetic Resonance Enterography, and it works in exactly the same way, except it also includes contrast injections. Contrast injections are substances that are injected into specific parts of your body so they show up prominently on your scan and can give doctors more detail about how your system is working.
Who Might Need an MRI Scan?
MRI scans can help with the diagnosis of a wide range of conditions including:
- Heart conditions
- Eye and ear disorders
- Joint injuries including torn ligaments and cartilage
- Conditions of the pancreas, spleen and gallbladder
- Liver problems
- Kidney and bladder problems
- Uterine and ovarian conditions
Is a referral needed for MRI?
At The New Foscote Hospital, patients can self-refer to any of our consultants, who can then refer you for an MRI.
That means that you don’t need a referral from your normal doctor or GP to access an MRI scan.
Cost of Private MRI Scan
The price of an MRI scan varies depending on how many areas of your body will need scanning, and whether you will also need contrast injections:
Full Body Scan
If you need contrast injections for your MRI (which is also called an MRE or Magnetic Resonance Enterography) there is an additional charge of £150.
How to pay
There are two ways you can pay for your treatment at The New Foscote Hospital, through your insurance, or self-payment.
What to Expect From Your MRI procedure
An MRI scan is an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can simply come to the hospital for the procedure, and leave again once it’s done.
Preparing for Your MRI
Unless advised otherwise by your doctor, on the day of your MRI you can eat, drink and take any medication as you normally would. Before your scan you will be asked to fill out a short questionnaire and to remove all metal from your body – MRI scans use powerful magnetic fields, and any metal in the machine could cause you injury.
During Your MRI
For the scan, you will be asked to lie on a bed which then goes into the MRI. Depending on which part of your body is being scanned, you may be asked to lie head or feet first. Your experienced radiography team will operate the scanner from the room next door, and will be on hand for anything you need during the procedure.
After Your MRI
The scan typically takes around 30 minutes to complete, and you should expect to hear from your referring clinician within 48 hours.