Magnetic Resonance (MRI) Scans

MRI is a radiation free way to create detailed 3D images of the body. Our two on site scanners allow rapid, convenient appointment times most days.

How it works

MRI scanning is a safe method of generating detailed 3-Dimensional images of most body parts and is also used in a wide range of specialist applications. It uses strong magnetic fields in a specially shielded room rather than radiation, making it a safer option for some conditions and patient groups. At Yorkshire Radiology we operate 2 full-time on site MRI scanners for different applications

Standard narrow MRI scanner
Provides excellent image quality for most investigations and excels at imaging of extremities
Wider more open scanner
Wider, faster and brighter our state-of-the-art newest scanner still offers great image quality but is a more comfortable place to be

Why choose private MRI?

  1. With our two scanners we have plenty of convenient appointment times, including early morning pre-work and evening after-work slots
  2. Not only is high image quality assured, at Yorkshire Radiology all scans are reported by a sub specialist Consultant Radiologist.
  3. Getting your scan done sooner speeds up the diagnostic pathway with your specialist or GP having rapid access to test results. A reasonably priced private MRI scan can help to get your treatment underway sooner.
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Preparing for your appointment

For the majority of MRI examinations there are no special preparations required, some more specialist applications (such as bowel imaging) will require preparation.

Abdominal examinations may require fasting prior to the study which we would inform you about in advance.

What you must do and tell us in advance

  • If you’ve ever had an injury involving embedded metal (for example in the eyes)
  • If you’re coming for a brain scan, please do not wear eye make-up (it interferes with the scan)
  • If you’re diabetic and / or have problems with kidney function

Contrast (MRI dye)

Some studies require the injection of Gadolinium MRI contrast dye to brighten the appearance of soft tissues, organs and blood vessels. This is injected via a small inserted intravenous (IV) cannula which we will insert before your examination and remove before you leave.

You will need to have had your kidney function checked before coming so that we can safely inject the contrast medium and ensure your body clears it away.

 Pregnancy

MRI scanning is usually avoided during the first trimester of pregnancy, although it has been shown not to be dangerous in this period in the scanning of in utero babies. No detrimental effects to pregnancy have ever been demonstrated with MRI scanning.

What to expect during your procedure

On arrival, you will meet the specialised MRI radiographer who will perform your investigation. A safety check will be performed and you may be asked to change into a gown.

All metallic objects will be removed from your person and you may need to have an x-ray of certain body parts to check for metal if there is a risk of embedded metallic fragments.

You will be laid on the MRI scanner table. A coil will be placed over the body part we are investigating and secured in place. The radiographer will apply padding and cushions to make you as comfortable as possible.

You will need to lie in place for up to one-hour (average 20-40 mins) whilst images are taken. During the taking of images you will be instructed to lie completely still for 3-7 minutes at a time and for some examinations you will be instructed to control your breathing.

If you are having intravenous contrast, the radiographer will come into the room and inject the contrast through your cannula and resume imaging.

 Noises during the scan

MRI scanners make unusual clicking, banging and grinding noises as they capture images. They have a reputation for being very noisy, but things have changed and our modern scanners are really not very loud.

We will provide you with either some headphones or earplugs during your investigation for your comfort.

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Self Pay Price List

Examination Price (non-contrast) Price (contrast)
1 Body Part £375 £435
2 Body Parts £530 £650
3 Body Parts £800 £920
4 Body Parts £995 £1180
MRCP liver and bile ducts £530 -
MR Small Bowel - £800
MR Liver dynamic enhanced - £995
MR + Arthrogram MRI Scan price + £800 (i.e. £1175 for shoulder / hip)
MR Dynamic Motion Study MRI Scan price + £400