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Advanced 3T MRI imaging now available

MRI Scanning: BUPA Approved MRI Unit


Our 3-Tesla scanner is the most advanced MRI imaging currently available in clinical practice and the region’s only 3T scanner in private healthcare outside of Central London.

We offer a wide range of 3T MRI scans to examine the brain, spine, joints, abdomen and pelvis. 

Our 3T scanner produces images of a much higher resolution enabling us the capability of imaging smaller lesions and anatomy not always clearly visualised on 1.5T scanners, particularly in musculoskeletal, oncological, cardiac and brain imaging. The higher resolution imaging also means that it is no longer necessary to inject a dye into patients to pick up internal images for certain examinations.  

With our 3T scanner, you can enter the MRI either feet or head first and with its larger magnet bore the whole experience of having an MRI far more comfortable and less claustrophobic for patients. The imaging process is also quieter and faster on a 3T scanner.

Scans are available every weekday including evenings and on Saturdays.

What is an MRI scan?
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the inside of your body including deep tissue, organs and blood vessels. It is a non-invasive diagnostic tool which emits zero radiation, is painless and only occasionally requires preparation such as fasting.

Your scan

You will need to be referred for diagnostic imaging by a GP or healthcare professional before you can have a MRI scan.   

You will be given a gown to wear for your scan and can prepare for your scan using our dedicated patient waiting areas and changing facilities. Once ready, your radiographer will accompany you into the scanning room and ask you to lie down on the scanner table which will move into the tunnel-like MRI scanner to take the images. Your radiographer can talk to you whilst you are having your scan and put you at your ease but it is important that you remain still as any movement will blur the images produced. On average an MRI scan will take approximately 20 minutes.

Your results

All MRI scans are reported by a Consultant Radiologist.  We will ensure your results are sent back to your doctor or consultant who referred you for the x-ray quickly, usually within 48 hours, for them to discuss with you.

Are you insured?

The Holly Private Hospital is recognised by all the major medical insurers and as a private patient you will enjoy the benefits of our Premium+ service.

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Not insured?

We offer rapid access to care at competitive prices for patients choosing to pay for their own treatment as well our Premium+ service.

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