MRI Brain & Head Scan

MRI Brain & Head Scan

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) brain scans have revolutionized the field of medical diagnostics, providing invaluable insights into the structure and function of the human brain. This non-invasive imaging technique utilizes powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create detailed, high-resolution images of the brain’s internal structures.

MRI scans have become an essential tool for diagnosing a wide range of neurological conditions and have significantly improved our understanding of the brain.

Brain & Head MRI Scan - A Powerful Diagnostic Tool

One of the key advantages of MRI brain scans is their ability to produce incredibly detailed images. Unlike other imaging techniques, such as CT scans, MRI does not use ionizing radiation, making it safer for repeated use. This makes MRI an ideal choice for monitoring the progression of conditions like multiple sclerosis or brain tumours over time.

MRI scans are versatile and can detect a wide range of brain abnormalities. Whether it’s identifying the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease by detecting changes in brain volume or pinpointing the location and size of a brain tumour, MRI is a crucial tool for early diagnosis and treatment planning. Additionally, it can reveal vascular problems like aneurysms or strokes, allowing for timely intervention.

MRI Scanning FAQ

Do I need a GP referral?

No. You don’t need a GP’s permission to take steps to improve your health. We want you to feel better, faster, so you can get an MRI scan without speaking to a GP.

Can MRIs be a fast process?

Yes. As a private clinic, we have access to our own MRI machine and can organise an MRI appointment within days. However, the NHS waiting list for MRIs depends on the number of priority cases, so you could be waiting months. 

Do MRIs use radiation?

No. MRIs do not use ionizing radiation and are considered a non-invasive procedure. Instead, MRIs use a strong magnetic field and radio waves to take pictures. MRIs are safe for most people and have a reduced risk compared to X-Rays and CT scans which use harmful radiation.

Is going private worth it?

Certainly. With prices starting from as little as £325 and scanning technology vastly improving over the years, you can now get a scan and report for a very affordable price.

Are MRIs painless?

Yes. MRIs are painless procedures. You will have to lie still for an extended period, which can be slightly uncomfortable, but there is no pain.

The Full Body MRI

If you really want to know what’s going on in your body, you should consider a full-body MRI scan. This five-part scan covers the head, neck, chest, abdomen, and pelvis. It involves mapping the pathology of your body and can help diagnose and track genetic conditions and examine injury and trauma. 

A full-body MRI scan includes:

Head: Tumour, previous stroke, aneurysm, signs of dementia

Neck: Narrowing of carotid vessels (risk of stroke), thyroid, lymph nodes, spine

Chest: Lung cancer (sizable), Pleural Effusion, lymph nodes in the chest

Abdomen: Screening organs for cancer liver, tumours, gallstones, aortic health

Pelvis: Lymph nodes, reproductive organs, joints, and bowel

MRI Brain & Head Scan

The clarity of MRI images also aids in surgical planning. Neurosurgeons rely on MRI scans to map out precise routes to lesions or tumours, minimizing damage to healthy brain tissue during surgery. This level of precision is essential for achieving the best possible outcomes in complex brain surgeries.

Paediatric medicine has also greatly benefited from MRI brain scans. The non-invasive nature of MRI is particularly advantageous for children, as it eliminates the need for sedation or anesthesia during imaging procedures. MRI is used to diagnose conditions such as developmental disorders, congenital brain abnormalities, and even evaluate the effects of premature birth on the developing brain.

Furthermore, MRI plays a crucial role in research and advancing our understanding of the brain. Scientists use MRI to study brain connectivity, track changes in brain structure over time, and investigate the effects of various interventions and therapies. This has led to significant progress in our knowledge of neuroplasticity, neurodevelopment, and neurodegenerative diseases.

MRI technology continues to evolve, with innovations like 3T and 7T MRI machines offering even higher resolution and more detailed images. These advancements are pushing the boundaries of what we can learn about the brain and are opening up new possibilities for personalized medicine and treatment strategies.

However, MRI does have some limitations. Patients with certain medical devices or metal implants may not be candidates for MRI due to safety concerns, as the strong magnetic fields can interact with these objects. Additionally, claustrophobia can be a challenge for some patients during the MRI procedure, but open and wide-bore MRI machines have been developed to address this issue.

In conclusion, MRI brain scans have transformed the field of neuroscience and neurology. Their non-invasive nature, exceptional image quality, and versatility make them an indispensable tool for diagnosing, monitoring, and researching brain-related conditions. As technology continues to advance, MRI will undoubtedly play an increasingly vital role in improving our understanding of the brain and enhancing patient care.

How It Works

Refer yourself for assessment

Are you eligible for a private MRI scan? Take the first step by submitting some basic information about your condition and lifestyle. Our trained experts will assess your responses and ensure that you meet the requirements. If you meet the criteria, we can book you for a scan within days. 

Go for your scan

Your condition will determine your exact type of MRI scan which will last between 25 minutes to one hour. MRI scans are painless but lying still can be uncomfortable. Our team will be on hand throughout the appointment to ensure you are safe and comfortable.


Get your imaging and report

Your images will be reported within 48 hours or sooner. To explain your results and ensure you fully understand your condition, we can either send your report to your GP or you can speak to one of our team in a follow-up consultation.

Book in the right course of treatment

The next step is to choose the best treatment plan for you. You can speak to your GP or doctor or work with our in-house team to book in any follow-up treatments and get started on the road to recovery.

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