• 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

MRI Scan

We can offer same day appointments.

What is an MRI scan?

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scan is a combination of a strong magnet and radiowaves which produce detailed pictures of inside the body. Unlike X-rays and CT (computerised tomography) scans, MRI scans do not use radiation.

An MRI scan can help us find the cause of your problem, and plan the best treatment options for you. MRI scans are particularly good at identifying issues in the spine, brain and joints, where a standard X-ray does not give the same level of detail.


How to prepare for your scan?

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

The scanner is a short tunnel, so if you suffer from claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) please let us know before you come for your scan. 


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 and after your scan.


Are there any risks?

An MRI is a very safe procedure; however some patients are unable to be scanned such as those with heart pacemakers and certain surgical implants (e.g. cochlear implants). You will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire before your scan to make sure it is safe for you to proceed.

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 headphones to reduce the noise.

A scan usually takes 20 - 30 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.