• MRI Scan
  • Same day appointments
  • from £199
  • Open MRI Scan
  • Same day appointments
    • from £399
  • Endoscopy Services
  • Quick appointments
  • from £1,800
  • Ultrasound
  • Quick appointments
  • from £60
    • Private GP Service
    • from £49

Open MRI (Hendon Only)

We can offer same day appointments.

What is an MRI scan?

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. A combination of strong magnet and radiowaves produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Unlike x-rays and CT (computerised tomography) scans, MRI scans do not use ionising radiation.

An MRI scan can help us find the cause of your problem and the best treatment options for you. MRI scans are particularly good at identifying problems in the spine, brain and joints. A standard x-ray does not give the same level of detail as an MRI scan.


How to prepare for your scan?

Please check your letter for any specific information about preparing for your MRI scan.

Our scanner is wide open from both sides, as well as from the front and back, which is ideal for those who suffer from claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), however, please let us know if you are affected by this condition before you come for your scan. 

Where possible you will be positioned feet first for the scan. There will be specific areas requiring imaging that will mean you will have to enter the scanner head first, such as the brain or neck. You will be placed in the scanner head first and have a camera around you which allow images to be taken of the head and neck.


Giving consent for your scan?

Our radiographer will ask you if you are happy for the scan to go ahead. This is called verbal consent and may only involve the radiographer checking you are booked for the correct scan. If you do not wish to have the scan or are undecided, please tell the radiographer.

It is your decision and you can change your mind at any time. Please bear in mind that not having the scan may delay your diagnosis as your doctor may not have all of the information that they need. Please remember that you can ask the radiographer any questions you have at any time before, during or after your scan.

If you do suffer from claustrophobia you will be allowed to have a chaperone to accompany you into the MRI scanning area and room, but they will also be required to complete a safety questionnaire.


Are there any risks?

An MRI is a very safe procedure, there are some exceptions such as patients with heart pacemakers and certain surgical implants, e.g. cochlear implants who cannot be scanned. You will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire before your scan to make sure it is safe for you to be scanned.

If you are pregnant, national safety guidelines recommend that we do not carry out an MRI scan unless it is clinically urgent. The doctor who refers you for the scan will decide with the radiologist (doctor who uses x-ray to diagnose and treat illnesses) if your scan is necessary. Many pregnant women have had MRI scans with no reported problems.


What happens during a scan?

Our radiographer will ask you to lie on the scanner bed and position you correctly. You will need to keep very still during the scan to avoid blurring the pictures. 

If we are scanning your chest or abdomen, we may ask you to hold your breath for a moment.

The scan should be completely painless. The most difficult part is keeping still. However, the machine does makes a loud banging noise. We will give you ear plugs to reduce the noise if you need them. However, the noise from our wide open scanner is far less than the conventional MRI scanner.

A scan usually takes 30 - 40 minutes, depending on the area of your body that is being scanned.


What happens after the scan?

As soon as the scan is finished, you can go home.

You can eat, drink and resume normal activities straightaway.

For NHS Trust patients, the results will be sent to the referring trust and for self funding or insured patients we work in partnership with Cimar to provide each referrer with their own web-based, secure FDA approved PACS, allowing instant access to patient imaging at any time.



For more information about our services please complete an enquiry form, or call us on 01702 478 885 for Leigh services and 020 8205 1100 for the Hendon Open MRI scanner.

Chartwell Diagnostic Imaging Centre is approved with all major insurance companies.