Need a private MRI Scan?

On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 17 private radiographers  and 157 private hospitals offering the MRI scan and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £190 and £885. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.

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What is an MRI Scan?

An MRI scan produces detailed images of inside the body. MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses the magnetic fields of tiny particles in the body to create a digital image. A CT scan forms digital images using x-rays. MRI scans are used to diagnose issues such as knee joint problems or to look at organs like the heart or brain. Sometimes a special dye (contrast medium) is administered to improve the imaging body parts. MRI scans are not suitable for people with electronic implants such as pacemakers or cochlear implants.
An MRI scan takes between 15 and 90 minutes depending on the body part being scanned. The patient lies very still inside the large MRI scanner. The scanner operator, or radiographer, sits in an adjacent room to monitor the scan and remains in audio contact with the patient. No anaesthetic is required for an MRI scan but a mild sedative can be given to patients with claustrophobia. MRI scanners can be noisy so patients often wear earplugs or headphones.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for an MRI scan offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Beat the MRI scan NHS waiting times
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private radiographer
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS

Which hospitals and clinics provide MRI scans?

The following private hospitals and clinics offer private MRI scans  in the UK.

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How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

Private Radiographer Specialists in the UK

The following radiographers perform private MRI scans  in the UK.

Amanda Varnava

Consultant Cardiologist

London

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Dr Harsha Bilolikar

Consultant Paediatrician

Northamptonshire

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Shashank Gurjar

Consultant Colorectal & Laparoscopic Surgeon

London

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Ali Hamaad

Consultant Cardiologist

Birmingham, West Midlands

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Diana Holdright

Consultant Cardiologist

London

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Abhay Chopada

Consultant General and Colorectal Surgeon

Harrow

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How do I choose a private MRI scan specialist?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in radiography?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many MRI scans do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
  • What are my sedation options during the procedure?
  • When will I recieve my MRI scan results?

How much does a private MRI scan cost?

If you're paying for yourself, an MRI scan typically costs. £395. (between £190 and £885) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your procedure
  • Hospital fees
  • Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
  • Surgeon or consultant fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private MRI scan covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you are probably covered for an MRI scan - you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private radiographers are reluctant to see a patient unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.

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Authors and sources

  • Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.