MRI Scan

(Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to investigate the anatomy and physiology of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use magnetic fields and radio waves to form images of the body. The technique is widely used in hospitals for medical diagnosis, staging of disease and for follow-up without exposure to ionizing radiation.

MRI scans have a wide range of applications in medical diagnosis:

Neuroimaging

MRI of brain and brain stem
MRI is the investigative tool of choice for neurological cancers as it is more sensitive than CT for small tumours and offers better visualization of the posterior fossa. The contrast provided between grey and white matter makes it the optimal choice for many conditions of the central nervous system including demyelinating diseases, dementia, cerebrovascular disease, infectious diseases and epilepsy.

Musculoskeletal

Applications in the musculoskeletal system include spinal imaging, assessment of joint disease and soft tissue tumours.

Liver and gastrointestinal MRI

Hepatobiliary MR is used to detect and characterize lesions of the liver, pancreas and bile ducts. MR enterography (MR imaging of the small bowel) provides non-invasive assessment of inflammatory bowel disease and small bowel tumours. 

Oncology

MRI is the investigation of choice in the preoperative staging of rectal and prostate cancer, and has a role in the diagnosis, staging, and follow-up of other tumours.

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require.
    If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you.

    Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant.
    Call our imaging team on 01622 237 656 or email diagnostics@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself.

    If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf.
    If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation.

    This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests).

    Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further.
    If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

    Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for this treatment, which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    MRI Scan – 1 Part

    Patient pathwayInitial consultationDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/a£420.00n/an/a£420
    Guide priceNil£420.00NilNil£420

    MRI Scan – 2 Parts

    Patient pathwayInitial consultationDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/a£700.00n/an/a£700
    Guide priceNil£700.00NilNil£700

    MRI Scan – 3 Parts

    Patient pathwayInitial consultationDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/a£900.00n/an/a£700
    Guide priceNil£900.00NilNil£900
  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital.

    You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons:
    • The Consultant you choose
    • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment
    • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you
    • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you

    In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

During an MRI scan, you lie on a flat bed that is moved into the scanner. Depending on the part of your body being scanned, you will be moved into the scanner either head first or feet first.
The MRI scanner is operated by a radiographer, They control the scanner using a computer, which is in a different room to keep it away from the magnetic field generated by the scanner.
You will be able to talk to the radiographer through an intercom and they will be able to see you on a television monitor throughout the scan.

At certain times during the scan, the scanner will make loud tapping noises. This is the electric current in the scanner coils being turned on and off. You will be given earplugs or headphones to wear.

It is very important that you keep as still as possible during your MRI scan. The scan will last between 15 and 90 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and how many images are taken.

The results of an MRI scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

An MRI scan is a painless and safe procedure. MRI scans do not involve exposing the body to X-ray radiation. This means people who may be particularly vulnerable to the effects of radiation, such as pregnant women and babies, can use them if necessary. KIMS Hospital has an wide-bore scanner so people with claustrophobia may find it more manageable.

A MRI scan can take from 30 mins-90 minutes depending what your Consultant has asked us to scan. The MRI is performed in the imaging department. Prior to the scan you will be asked to remove your clothing and put on a gown. You’ll also be asked to remove any jewellery, as metal objects interfere with the scanning equipment.

The MRI scanner is a large circular tube shaped machine. You’ll be asked by the imaging team to lie on the scanner bed, the radiographer will position the bed so that the part of your body being investigated is in the middle of the scanner. The radiographer will operate the scanner from an adjoining room. While the scan is taking place, you’ll be able to hear and speak to them through an intercom.

While each scan is being taken, you’ll need to lie very still and breathe normally. This ensures that the scan images aren’t blurred. You may be asked to breathe in, breathe out, or hold your breath at certain points.

The results of your MRI scan won’t be available immediately. The results will be analysed by a radiologist and a report will be sent to your consultant who will report back to you on the results.

To find out more:

If you would like to come to KIMS, contact our reservations team on +44 (0)1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.