BMI Healthcare provides an extensive range of diagnostic imaging services, including private MRI scans, performed at 48 BMI Healthcare hospitals in the UK. MRI scans will be carried out by one of BMI Healthcare's specialist radiographers.
BMI Healthcare is the acute private hospital division of General Healthcare Group. It is the largest independent provider of private health care in the UK, committed to providing a consistent, high quality service to local communities.
Why choose BMI Healthcare for a private MRI scan?
BMI Healthcare has built up a reputation for providing excellent medical and surgical facilities, supported by state-of-the-art equipment and a high standard of nursing care, within pleasant and comfortable surroundings. BMI Healthcare deals with over 250,000 inpatient and 1,000,000 outpatient visits each year, and nearly half the procedures undertaken being of a major or complex nature. In patient satisfaction surveys, 98.5% of patients said they would recommend BMI. Read more about BMI Healthcare hospitals.
What is an MRI scan?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed, usually 2-D images of the inside of your body. MRI scans can show muscles, joints, bone marrow, blood vessels, nerves and other structures within your body and are commonly used to examine the brain, spine, abdomen and pelvis. Find your nearest BMI Hospital offering MRI scans.
Benefits of an MRI scan
MRI scanning is one of the safest imaging techniques available and can be used to produce images of almost any part of the body and can produce images from all angles. The detail in these images is so good that a lesion as small as 2mm can be seen.
What happens during an MRI scan?
An MRI scan should take between 30 to 60 minutes and is carried out by a radiographer. A scan of the chest, abdomen and/or pelvis may take up to one and a half hours. The procedure is painless, but can be very noisy. Depending on the part of the body being scanned, your head may need to be inside the MRI scanner and you may feel claustrophobic.
For some scans you will be given an injection or a drink of a contrast agent (a radio-opaque dye) before your scan. This allows the radiologist to see the parts of your body more clearly. A scan of the chest, abdomen and/or pelvis will take longer as you will need to drink or be injected with more contrast before the scan.
You will lie on a comfortable couch, which is moved into and through the MRI scanner, which is like a short tunnel, open at both ends. You will be asked to lie very still and will be able to speak to and hear the MRI staff at all times.
It’s important to tell your radiographer before your scan if you have a:
Artificial limb or joint
Artificial heart valve
Metal clips on blood vessels in your brain
Screws, plates or staples from previous surgery
Cochlear (inner ear) implants
Contraceptive coil fitted
If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant
Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within two days of your MRI scan. Read more about MRI scans in the UK.
Private MRI scan costs
For an indicative cost for an MRI scan please call 0800 656 9606 or you can get a quote for a MRI scan via the BMI Healthcare website.
You can also finance the cost of your health care using the BMI Card. The BMI Card is a unique credit card that allows you to spread the cost of health care, allowing you or your family to benefit from treatment at your chosen BMI hospital at a time convenient to you. Find out about financing health care with BMI Healthcare.
Other scanning services offered in the UK
BMI National Enquiry Centre
Unit1, Cameron Court
Tel: 0800 656 9606
Fax: 0141 882 6326
Web site: www.bmihealthcare.co.uk
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