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About MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses a combination of strong magnetic fields and radiowaves to produce detailed images of the inside of your body. It is particularly good at identifying problems in the spine, the brain and in the joints. It is also helpful for looking at other parts of the body, often when other types of scan have not given a full picture. Unlike x-rays, MRI scans do not use radiation. At Opus Diagnostics we offer 3T scanning for high quality images. All our scans are carried out by experienced radiographers and reported by a Consultant Radiologist.

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

Joints

Shoulder

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

An MRI of the shoulder is useful if you have had an injury or are having pain at the site. Because the shoulder is a complicated joint that we use so frequently, it can be affected by numerous problems. Pain and issues around the shoulder can evolve to cause pain around the shoulder blades, neck, and forearms.

Elbow

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An MRI of the elbow is necessary for evaluating elbow abnormalities. It can show injuries, inflammation, and other conditions. The elbow is vulnerable to injuries related to chronic overuse and trauma, as well as disease and infection. Elbow pain can impact the hands and lower arm.

Hand & Wrist

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An MRI of the hand and wrist can help identify the cause of any pain, stiffness, and nerve issues. An MRI can help quickly diagnose any pain, injury or inflammation in the tendons, muscles, cartilage, ligaments and bones of the hand and wrist.

Foot & Ankle

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

An MRI of the foot or ankle can quickly identify any source of pain. It can provide more insight into the kind of injury that you are suffering form, whether it is a sprain, fracture, or inflammation.

Cervical Spine

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An MRI of the cervical spine can detect a variety of conditions, as well as problems in the spinal cord, nerves, and disks. This can be useful when evaluating pain, nerve issues or weakness in the arms, shoulder or neck. It also can help diagnose tumours, swelling, infection, or inflammatory conditions in the vertebrae and surrounding tissues.

Lumbar Spine

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An MRI of the lumbar spine is useful for people experiencing pain in their lower back. An MRI can help diagnose the source of the pain and provide appropriate treatment. It can also help to eliminate other potential issues such as tumours, inflammation, and infection.

Knee

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

An MRI of the knee is typically used to quickly diagnose the source of pain, weakness, swelling or bleeding in and around the knee. A knee MRI does not use ionizing radiation, and it can help determine whether you require surgery.

Hip

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An MRI of the hip can show causes of hip pain that may be originating from the hip or other nearby structures (e.g. the spine), as well as identify any issues with the hip such as injury and inflammation. It can also rule out causes of discomfort, such as tumours or infection.

Whole Spine

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

An MRI of the whole spine is a diagnostic procedure that scans your entire spine including your spine, spinal cord, discs, and other soft tissues in the area. It can help identify the source of pain across the back and other areas of the body. Results of the MRI should be evaluated alongside symptoms, a physical exam, and the results of any other related procedures in order to reach an official diagnosis.

Other Body Areas

Brain

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An MRI of the brain can help identify the source of severe headaches and migranes, dizziness, and weakness. During this process, the brain will be mapped in order to help evaluate the condition of the blood vessels in the head. It can also detect other diseases that impact the nervous system, such as multiple sclerosis

Cardiac

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An MRI of the heart is detect and monitor cardiac disease and to evaluate heart function. It can monitor and evaluate the function of the heart chambers, heart valves, size of and blood flow through major vessels, and the surrounding structures such as the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart).

Full Body

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

A full body MRI provides an insight into your current health. It will scan all of your vital organs, bones, and blood vessels. A full body MRI is used to diagnose all types of conditions, from tumours to spinal cord injuries. It is useful if you are asymptomatic but want to identify early warning signs of a disease or illness. Because some conditions can affect multiple parts of the body, a full body MRI scan can give you a complete view of your current health status which would allow doctors to provide a tailored diagnosis and treatment.

Price

Single part MRI

  • Single joint or brain scan
  • Additional GP consult from £50
Duration ~1 hour
Report Next day
Price £350 Book Scan

Two Part MRI

  • Additional GP consult from £50
Duration ~1 hour
Report Next day
Price £500 Book Scan

Full Body MRI

  • Pre and post-scan consultation
  • 5-part scan
  • Laboratory testing optional
Duration ~2 hours
Report 2-3 days
Price £1795 Book Scan

Procedure

Please read the following information before your MRI appointment.

Before your MRI scan

It is important to arrive 10 minutes before your appointment to complete the screening process that ensures your safety before your scan. Unless instructed otherwise, you can eat and drink normally before your appointment. Before you enter the MRI machine, it is essential to remove all jewellery, and you might have to change out of your clothes. Before you enter the scan room, the radiographer will go through your safety questionnaire with you.

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

During your MRI scan

Depending on what kind of MRI you need, you will need to lie still for 15 minutes to an hour during your scan. The scan is not painful, and we will do our best to make you feel comfortable (it is important to tell your radiographer if you have any pain or discomfort during your scan). It is essential to lie as still as possible during your scan as any movement can disrupt the images being formed. The MRI machine can make some loud noises, so we will provide some ear protection beforehand.

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

Your results

Your images will be available immediately on your scan for your Consultant to analyse. You will receive a formal report within X days/hours. There is no aftercare necessary after your scan, and you can eat, drink, and exercise as usual. You will receive a copy of your scans. All patient information is protected and stored using the strictest security measures.

Self-Referral MRI (Diagnostics)

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FAQs

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Most MRI scans are requested on a non-urgent, consultant-led basis. This means you’re subject to a maximum 18 weeks waiting time from your NHS e-Referral Service appointment booking day OR when the hospital gets your referral letter. Then there is a further wait for your results of around 24 hours.

Well, it’s the National Health Service after all. It’s looking after the vast majority of patients in the UK. So, you are competing with everyone you live nearby who may have more critical healthcare concerns than you. You can skip this queue if you opt to get a private MRI scan and pay for it yourself.

Also known as a private MRI can, a self-pay MRI is where you seek treatment off NHS with a private GP, surgery or clinic. When looking for someone to ‘self-refer me for MRI’; many people don’t realise they can book in directly with a private clinic.

Yes. If you’re willing to pay for the scan yourself, you simply need to answer a few questions and then you can book in an MRI scan, knee scan or nearly any other sort of scan.

Yes. It’s also possible to book for someone else if you’re their carer. Let’s say you need a knee pain MRI, simply answer a few questions about why you want the scan and some extra safety questions and you can get booked in.

In the simplest terms, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses magnets to take pictures of the body. It works by placing the body in a strong magnetic field which causes all your internal protons to line up and by pulsing them; you can take pictures of the body and of anything that doesn’t behave like it should (like a tumour).

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) takes between 15 to 90 minutes depending what you’re trying to scan and how many pictures you need to take of the body.

Well, no one likes confined spaces. And inside the MRI can feel a bit close-quarters. But if you do have claustrophobia, let the team know and there are some techniques they can use to help relieve your anxiety.

No. There have been a lot of studies on the impact of radio waves and magnets on the body and no risks have been identified. It’s very safe.

First, an MRI is a bit safer. X-rays use radiation but an MRI uses magnets. Radiation in large doses is not good for you. Your GP may suggest an MRI for soft tissue injuries & concerns but an x-ray for bones.

An MRI lets your GP see all your bones, organs and soft tissue inside your body without needing to cut you open. If you’re concerned you have a disease or injury, an MRI might be used if a CT scan or x-ray showed no results. You may also want to get a self-pay MRI or private MRI scan done for a general check if you’ve never had one before.

X-rays are not that good at looking for problems in soft tissue or organs. And ultrasounds are reviewed in real time through a video feed which might not be suitable for you GP practice or health concern.

If you’re experiencing knee pain, a knee MRI can look at the ligaments, muscles and tissues surround the knee to identify the cause of your knee pain within 15 to 45 minutes on average. This is because only your lower body needs to go into the MRI machine.

We can help you with detailed information about who should NOT get an MRI. But in general, you should avoid an MRI if you have kidney problems, have recently become pregnant or might be pregnant or are allergic to the dye used to contrast the scan. Also, you should not have an MRI if you have any metal in your body, are afraid of tight spaces to an extreme degree or you can’t lie still. Lastly, if your GP advises against an MRI; you probably shouldn’t have one.

A full body MRI is a five-part scan that looks at the brain, neck arteries, chest, abdomen and pelvis. It takes around 1 hour where you’ll need to lay still in the MRI chamber. There is an optional add on for laboratory blood testing which you could have drawn on the day.

Patients opt for a full body MRI if they’re suffering from any unexplained symptoms or looking for any warning signs of illness. Since some ailments effect different body parts, it’s advised to get a full body scan to check for any number of conditions like tumours, spinal cord injuries, aneurysms, blockages, pinched nerves, compressions or broken ligaments.

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