LycaHealth offers high-quality MRI scans using a high-spec 3.0T MRI scanner to provide you with the most accurate and detailed results, with a short result turnaround time. If you are looking for an MRI scan in London with or without a referral, book an appointment at our Canary Wharf clinic.
An MRI scan (which stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a safe, accurate and non-invasive way of diagnosing medical issues. (It works by spinning around the focused area of the body, generating a strong magnetic field which can be used in conjunction with radio waves to create a 2D or a 3D image.) This type of scan uses a powerful magnetic field and radio-frequencies, which allows to create very detailed cross-sectional images. An MRI scan is used to diagnose a variety of conditions, from torn ligaments to tumors, and is especially good at identifying problems in the spine, the brain and in the joints(for examining the brain and spinal cord). Unlike other diagnostic imaging methods, an this scan involves no exposure to radiation.
This scan is a very safe procedure for most patients. However, patients with a heart pacemaker and certain surgical implants, for example, a cochlear implant, can not be scanned. You will be asked to complete and sign a safe questionnaire before your scan to make sure it is safe for you to be scanned.
A private MRI scan cost varies depending on a few different factors. If you are a self-pay patient, MRI scans start from just £450 at our Canary Wharf clinic, depending on how many body parts are required, and whether contrast is involved.
LycaHealth is accredited by ALL major insurance companies. If you have health insurance you can call your insurance company, let them know which clinician has referred you and the type of MRI they have requested. Your insurance company will then generate an authorisation code.
This scan can take anywhere from 15-90 minutes. Timings will alter depending on the size and location of the area scanned and information required. Your radiographer will tell you how long you should expect your scan to last at the beginning of the procedure.
An MRI scan works using a magnetic field which pulls the protons in the body’s cells into alignment. The scanner sends out short bursts of radio waves which disrupt the protons. The scanners sensors then detect the energy released as the protons realign to the magnetic field.
During a scan you will be required to lie on a flat bed which is then moved into the scanner, either head or feet first. Patients are able to communicate with the radiographer via intercom during the procedure. During the scan you’ll be required to stay very still. A friend or relative may accompany you if you feel nervous about the procedure*
Before your scan you must tell your healthcare provider about any conditions that could prevent you from having the scan. For example, if you have a pacemaker or are pregnant. There will be different criteria in terms of what you can eat or drink prior to the scan depending on the specific nature of your procedure. Before the MRI scan you must remove any metal objects, including jewellery, dentures and hearing aids.
A 3T MRI scanner has a more powerful magnetic field strength. A 3T scanner, because of its increased signal strength, will provide clearer, more detailed images in a shorter time. It is especially useful for revealing minute detail.
At LycaHealth we aim to provide your scan results within 2 working days. We can provide you with a disc to take with you or email the results (via secure link) to your referring clinician. Whatever suits you best
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