MRI Scan

An MRI scanner creates a strong magnetic field and uses radio waves to create incredibly detailed images of the body, without using any harmful radiation. MRI scans can be used for assessment of organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body structures. The strength of the magnetic field is measured in a unit called Teslas, so the higher the number of Teslas, the stronger the magnetic field.

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1.5 Tesla: A powerhouse of diagnostic capabilities in a purpose-built spacious environment. The emphasis on free and open space in the design ensures you feel comfortable during the scan.

3 Tesla: With a magnetic field that is double the strength of typical scanners, the 3 Tesla provides a crisper and more detailed image of soft tissues. This makes it perfect for images of the brain and musculoskeletal system where a higher resolution is preferable. The stronger magnet also allows for shorter scans, so you spend less time in the scanner. This, coupled with the fact that It is, equipped with Canon Medical’s Pianissimo technology and pianissimo zen sequences (enabling far quieter scans), ensures that we can give you and your healthcare professional the best images in the most comfortable and relaxing way possible.

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Fees

1.5 Tesla Scan – £195.00
3 Tesla Scan – £333.00

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Duration

30 – 60 Minutes

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You will usually need to be referred for an MRI scan by a health professional, such as a Consultant, GP, Osteopath, Chiropractor or Physiotherapist. You can also book and pay for your own private MRI scan – one of our doctors on site can make the necessary initial assessment. All we need is details of a health professional to send your result.








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Frequently Asked Questions

These are some of the questions our patients ask before an MRI scan. If you have any other queries, please do not hesitate to contact us 03333 585 111.

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The time varies. Most MRI scans take within the region of 30 minutes to an hour. If you would like to know how long your particular scan will take, please contact us on 03333 585 111.

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You will receive your report within 24 hours of your MRI scan or you can opt for a within 4 hours service at a small additional cost.

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If you are making your own payment, we accept all major credit cards. Your health insurance may cover the costs.
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With some types of MRI scans you cannot eat or drink up to 6 hours before your scan. Please read your appointment letter carefully. Different examinations have different rules about eating and drinking. If you are unsure about your instructions, please call us on 03333 585 111 and our team will advise you.

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If you are having the injection of contrast and you are diabetic, you may have a little food and drink before the scan. We advise you to bring some form of sugary snack or drink with you to have afterwards.

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You can take all medication as normal. If you are unsure, please contact us on 03333 585 111.

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Yes you can resume normal activities after your scan.

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At TIC Health we believe that patient dignity and experience is vital. If you would like to be scanned by a specific gender, please give us a call and we will be able to accommodate your request.

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We suggest you arrive 30 minutes before your appointment time. You will need time to complete some paperwork and change into a patient gown. This also gives the radiographers time to explain the scan to you, go through their safety questions and answer any questions you might have.

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You will have been sent an MRI safety form to complete. Please bring the completed form to your appointment. If you have any metal work from a past surgery or a pacemaker it will help us if you can write the details and pacemaker make and model on the form.

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We are located on the ground floor and have wheelchair ramps and staff trained in manual handling to offer assistance. If you have poor mobility, please call us on 03333 585 111 and we will give you any advice you might need.

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If you are claustrophobic and would like someone in the MRI scanner room with you, this will be okay. The person can’t be under 18 and they must not be pregnant. They will also have to fill out the MRI scan safety form.

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If you are bringing a child please bring a supervising adult as staff are unable to look after children. Children will be unable to come into any of the MRI scanning rooms and must wait in the waiting room.

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Some of the lining in your clothing may contain metal which will be affected by the magnetic field. That can ruin the images and in some cases can heat up and burn you. For this reason, we ask that you remove clothing and wear a patient gown. If you need to wear something under the gown, we recommend a vest and leggings or jogging bottoms, but they must not contain any metal.

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No. An MRI scan uses magnetic fields and radio waves. Technically, radio waves are a form of radiation but not the harmful kind that can cause damage to your cells.

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No, an MRI scan is non-invasive and painless.

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Some scans need an injection of a substance called contrast. This lets you get better pictures of blood vessels and some organs. If you need to have an injection, you will be told by the doctor who refers you for the scan. If you are unsure, please call our team at TIC Health, and we will be able to inform you if you need an injection.

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Most of the time there are no side effects to having a scan. However, with an injection some people report the following - headache, feeling slightly sick or dizziness for a brief time after. We normally advise taking a seat in the waiting room and we will bring you a drink while this passes. If you would like more information, please contact us on 03333 585 111.

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An MRI scan is like taking a photo with an extremely slow shutter speed. Any movement while the machine is scanning will blur the images and might ruin the scan. Our radiographers will tell you when you need to stay as still as possible. Sometimes this can be for as long as 7 minutes. For this reason, we advise that if you have a cough or cold and don’t think you will be able to stay still for that long, you call in and reschedule your appointment.

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The MRI machine is like a tunnel. For most scans the majority of your body will be inside this tunnel. It is not uncommon for people to feel claustrophobic when having the scan. If you believe you will be unable to do the scan this way, please inform your referring doctor and they will be able to advise you further on alternatives.

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An MRI scanner is quite loud so we provide you with either headphones or ear plugs to help reduce the noise. Our 3 Tesla scanner uses a new technology so that it is much quieter than most scanners to improve comfort.

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The radiographers are able to hear anything you say, so you can speak to them directly during the scan. You will also be given a call button before the scan starts. If you press this a member of the team will come immediately to help you.

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If you are breastfeeding a normal MRI scan is fine. However, if you are having a contrast injection before the scan, please contact us on 03333 585 111 for further advice.

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We don’t recommend having an MRI scan while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant, please inform your referring clinician.

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Fillings are not affected by MRI scans. They will not become dislodged during the scan.

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We normally advise that you do not have an MRI scan within 6 weeks of surgery as there is a risk it will slow down wound healing. Please call us on 03333 585 111 for further advice.