Private MRI Scan

Book a private MRI scan in London or Manchester

Our consultant radiologists use some of the most technologically advanced MRI scanners to provide accurate examinations of the inside of your body.

What is an MRI scan?

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of imaging scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce high-quality images of the inside of the body. An MRI scanner looks like a large tube that you lie inside. The machine makes a loud knocking noise when it’s scanning and you may feel vibrations under your body.

An MRI can be used to scan different parts of your body, including your head, hips, and breast area. An MRI scan does not use radiation, and helps to identify any differences between healthy and unhealthy body tissue.

MRI scans take between 20 and 60 minutes dependent on the area(s) of the body being scanned. An MRI scan is painless, and you’ll be able to listen to music during the scan, however you will need to remain as still as possible. On the day our team members in our diagnostics imaging departments will talk you through your scan and be able to answer any questions you may have.

What is an MRI scan used to diagnose?

An MRI scan is a non-invasive technique that produces highly detailed images of organs, muscles and the musculoskeletal system. These qualities make MRI the most frequently used scan for testing and diagnosing brain and spinal cord injuries. These include:

  • Aneurysms of cerebral vessels
  • Brain injury from trauma
  • Eye and inner ear disorders
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spinal cord disorders 
  • Stroke
  • Tumors

For patients with cardiovascular problems, MRI is especially helpful for investigating the heart and blood vessels. This includes assessing:

  • Any blockage or inflammation in the blood vessels
  • Changes to the heart’s wall
  • Damage caused by heart attack or heart disease
  • Structural problems in the aorta
  • The heart’s chambers including size and function

MRI scans are also a primary diagnostic choice for assessing orthopaedic injuries, as MRI offers advanced investigation of ligament, cartilage, joint, muscle and bone damage. 

MRI can also work well with mammography to detect breast issues including breast cancer.




Scanning technology at HCA UK

Across the HCA UK network in London and Manchester we offer private diagnostic MRI scans for a wide range of service lines to help diagnose and manage different health conditions. 

HCA UK are committed to ensuring they continually invest in the latest technology to support advancements in diagnosing conditions sooner. Throughout the HCA UK network we currently have the latest in both 1.5T and 3T MRI machines in London and Manchester.

Book an private MRI scan in London or Manchester

HCA Healthcare UK offer convenient locations for MRI scans in London and Manchester.

HCK UK is a leading private healthcare provider specialising in diagnostic services within the private healthcare market.

Our facilities accept direct referrals from GPs and Consultants and work with a large number of Private Medical Insurers to help start the journey to better health sooner.

Our MRI teams

Our consultants use some of the most technologically advanced MRI scanners available, with highly precise, rapid scanning capabilities for the most accurate results.

An MRI is undertaken in our imaging departments, where a team of radiographers will take you through the scanning process step by step.

Your results are reported back to your referring doctor by a specialist consultant radiologist within 48 hours.

MRI scanning locations

At HCA UK, we provide MRI scans across a wide range of locations in Central London, Greater London, the Home Counties and the Greater Manchester area. Our main locations are listed below with many more in available through our outpatients and medical centres

Book an MRI scan in London or Manchester

Our advisors can help with enquiries about booking a diagnostic scan, and can help you book an appointment in a HCA UK facility in London or Manchester.

Call us on:

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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