Canary Wharf clinic: 0207 132 1440
Orpington clinic: 01689 490 111
MRI Scan: 3.0T

3 easy steps to MRI scan results…

If you are looking for a private MRI scan in London, you no longer have to wait for your results! The LycaHealth Canary Wharf and Orpington clinics offer not only the best diagnostic equipment, and convenient locations but the most accurate MRI results.

You can trust Lycahealth to get you fast and detailed results. LycaHealth’s 3T MRI scanner is twice as powerful as standard machines, making it more meticulous and more likely to spot medical problems.

1. Upload your referral form

Ask your healthcare provider for an MRI scan referral letter (we accept referrals from consultants, physiotherapists, GPS, osteopaths and chiropractors).

Please enter your details and upload your referral form below. For total convenience we accept scanned letters, screenshots, or photos of your referral uploaded from your phone.

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If you do not have a referral form please call us on 0207 132 1440 for Canary Wharf or 01689 490 111 for Orpington for more information.

No referral form? No problem! Simply call us on 0207 132 1440 (Canary Wharf) or 01689 490 111 (Orpington). Alternatively, you can email us at

2. Arrange an appointment with our world class clinicians

Once you’ve forwarded your referral, we will be in touch to arrange an appointment at a time convenient to you.

3. Attend LycaHealth for your MRI scan

Simply arrive at your chosen clinic for your appointment. We do everything to ensure that your appointment is as stress-free as possible, including the use of mood lighting in our virtually noiseless scanner.

Lycahealth Canary Wharf
1 West Ferry Circus
Canary Wharf
E14 4HA

Nearest station Canary Wharf (Jubilee) or Canary Wharf (DLR)

Enso House
3 New Mill Road

Nearest station St Mary Cray (Thameslink or southeastern)

What our patients say

I play American football and injured my knee in training. I was able to get a scan with LycaHealth the very next day and was able to use my private medical insurance. The whole process was exceptionally easy, and the receptionist on the phone was clear with providing me with the instructions for what I needed to do, like arrive 10 minutes beforehand and complete a registration form. The scan itself was quick and effortless. All in all I was in the scanner for about 25 minutes. The radiographer was lovely, made me feel comfortable and explained the whole journey from start to finish. The facilities were amazing – brand new and very stylish. I would recommend my team mates to go there (as we get injured every week)!
– Jeff


Frequently asked questions

How much does an MRI scan cost?

An MRI scan cost varies depending on different factors. If you are self-pay patient, MRIs start from £300 depending on how many body parts are required, or whether contrast 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.

If you would like a quote, please send your referral form to us for a quote with no obligations to book.

For more information please call our team on 0207 132 14400207 132 1440, or email

£300* offer applies to Orpington only. MRIs start from £550 for one part at LycaHealth Canary Wharf

How long does an MRI take?
An MRI 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.
How does an MRI scan work?
An MRI scan works using a magnetic field which pulls the protons in the body’s cells into alignment. The MRI sends out short bursts of radio waves which disrupt the protons. The MRI sensors then detect the energy released as the protons realign to the magnetic field.
What happens during an MRI?
During an MRI 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.
What does an MRI do to your body?
An MRI scan is painless and safe; extensive research shows that magnetic fields or radio waves do not pose any risk. Some people with implants will be unable to have the procedure. For example, those with pacemakers and, usually, pregnant women.
Does having an MRI hurt?
Having an MRI scan is painless. If you suffer with claustrophobia there is the option to have a sedative. Young children and babies are often given a general anaesthetic to ensure that they stay still during the MRI scan.
What do you have to do before an MRI?
Before an MRI 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.
How is the LycaHealth 3T MRI scanner different to others?
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.
When can I not have an MRI?
Not being able to have an MRI scan is usually due to some kind of metal object present in the body. Those with pacemakers, metal plates, cochlear implants, artificial joints, dental bridges and surgical staples, amongst other things, will have to be assessed on a case-by-case basis. MRI scans are not usually recommended for pregnant women. You should also inform your health provider if you have any tattoos as these can also contain traces of metal.
How long does it take to get MRI results?
At LycaHealth we can produce same day results for MRI scans. 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.
Is MRI scanning safe?

The procedure of the MRI scan is safe. However, the strength of the magnet can cause metal objects to move with force. The examination area, therefore, will be free of loose objects that could cause harm.For your safety, you must remove all metallic belongings prior to the procedure. For some examinations, a contrast dye is injected to enhance images. For this particular procedure, if you have a history of kidney issues, this must be discussed with your healthcare provider prior to treatment.

What’s the difference between MRI and CT scan?
The difference between CT and MRI scans is that a CT scan uses X-ray technology which exposes the patient to small amounts of radiation. An MRI scan uses a magnetic field instead. Differences between abnormal and normal tissue are often clearer with an MRI scan image. An MRI scan can take longer than a CT scan.
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