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MRI Scanning

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of scan that uses a combination of strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of your body.  

MRI scanners are primarily used as a diagnostic tool to identify problems in joints and organs that cannot be seen by other types of scanning methods. 

At private MRI, we are proud to have our own scanning facilities in dedicated clinics. All our scans are carried out by experienced Radiographers and reported by a Consultant Radiologist.

A Powerful Diagnostic Tool

Private MRI scans are reliable, swift, and effective ways to receive an informed diagnosis. If you have an undiagnosed issue in a joint, organ, bone, or other body structure, our MRI machines will provide quick and accurate results and uncover the perfect course of treatment within days. 

The MRI scan process couldn’t be easier. You lie down on a platform inside a tunnel surrounded by powerful magnets. The MRI machine then creates visual images showing the inside of your body in much greater detail than previously used methods. At Private MRI, we also use innovative open scanners where you won’t be enclosed in a tunnel for a less claustrophobic experience.


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.

Body Areas

An MRI can show the delicate structures within the knee in great detail to identify the cause of pain and weakness.


An MRI can show if hip pain originates from the hip joint itself or nearby structure. It can help identify tears, damage, injury, and inflammation.

An MRI of the brain can help identify the source of severe headaches, migraines, dizziness, and forgetfulness.


A shoulder MRI can identify or confirm the cause of pain, lack of movement, or inflammation in the shoulder. It is especially helpful to determine the extent of damage caused by injury or trauma.

Hand & Wrist

An MRI can help quickly diagnose any pain, injury, or inflammation in the tendons, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, and bones of the hand and wrist.

Foot & Ankle

An MRI of the feet or ankles can tell you if you are suffering from a sprain, fracture, or inflammation and lead to proper treatment.

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A calf MRI helps in identifying issues such as muscle tears, strains, tendon injuries, or even underlying structural abnormalities. This is split into two-parts, upper and lower calf.


An MRI of the elbow can help clarify and evaluate any elbow abnormalities and identify the source of pain. It can show injuries, inflammation, and other related conditions.

An MRI can be used to scan your entire spinal area, including your spine, spinal cord, neck, discs, and other soft tissues in the area to diagnose conditions, identify the source of pain and provide peace of mind. Scanning the whole spine involves a 4-part MRI.

MRIs can be useful when dealing with pain, nerve issues, restricted movement, injury or weakness in the arms, shoulder, neck, vertebrae, and surrounding tissues.

A thoracic spinal MRI can evaluate various conditions affecting the thoracic region, including spinal cord injuries, herniated discs, spinal stenosis, or spinal tumors.

An MRI of the lumbar spine is useful for people experiencing pain or discomfort in their lower back. It can help diagnose the source of the pain and select the most appropriate treatment.

This MRI scan can identify issues such as fractures, dislocations, tumors, infections, or structural abnormalities in the coccyx or sacrum region.

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

What MRI Does

Identify the source of pain

Using an MRI, our professionals can locate the root cause of your pain and discomfort quickly, safely, and with precision. The MRI scan produces high-quality images of your bones, muscles, tendons, and connective tissues and swiftly identifies if they are out of place, damaged or inflamed.

Confirm an observed diagnosis

Before considering an MRI scan, you may have taken steps to diagnose your pain with a visit to your local GP or a physical therapist. If so, you would have been given a diagnosis as observed from an exterior examination and your own description. These make for a great starting point, however, the MRI scan will confirm or deny any initial diagnosis, leading to immediate and correct treatment without unwanted delays to your recovery.

Identify a course of treatment

Your MRI scan confirming a diagnosis is an important step towards a full recovery. The MRI images and radiologists report provide greater detail of what’s happening inside your body. Our accredited medical professionals can use your results to select the most appropriate course of treatment for your condition.

Give you peace of mind

Refer yourself for assessment

Are you eligible for a private MRI scan? Take the first step by submitting some basic information about your symptoms. 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 15 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.

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 symptoms. 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 per body part. 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.

Don’t know where to look? Let us help.

Do you want a follow-up consultation?

We have expert pain specialists on hand to help you choose the right treatment, for an additional fee you can book a follow-up consultation with one to discuss your next steps and available treatment options.

Scans from only £325

Need an MRI, ASAP? You’ve come to the right place. 

That knee or shoulder scan the NHS offered you in 9 months’ time could cost as little as £325 with us. For perspective, you could have 39 MRI scans with Private MRI in the time it takes the NHS to offer one scan. 

Whatever you need, we have a plan for you. If you need both knees, both shoulders, both hips, or a combination of joints scanned, we can set up an appointment within days for a reasonable price. We can even scan your whole body to check your overall health and provide peace of mind. 

Price List *

Single body part

from £325

Two body parts

from £550

Multiple parts

On quotation

Images available


Report available from

48 hrs

Express reporting (up to 24 hrs)


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Frequent Questions

Most MRI scans are requested on a non-urgent, consultant-led basis. This means many urgent cases are given priority. The versatility of MRIs, combined with the increased safety compared to other scans, means there is more demand than places. Non-priority cases are ubject a waiting time of several months from the time when your NHS e-Referral Service appointment OR when the hospital gets your referral letter to allow for priority cases.


Well, it’s the National Health Service after all. It’s looking after the vast majority of patients in the UK. So, you are competing with everyone you live nearby who may have more critical healthcare concerns than you. With more people needing scans than ever before, the wait list is increasing. You can skip this queue if you opt to get a private MRI scan.


Also known as a private MRI scan, a self-pay MRI is where you seek treatment away from the NHS with a private GP, surgery or clinic. You will need to pay for the MRI scan but you will not need to wait for an NHS appointment. When looking for a self-pay MRI scan, you can book in directly with a private clinic.


Yes. If you’re willing to pay for the scan yourself, you do not need a doctor to refer you. A self-refer, self-pay scan can be booked directly with a private clinic. You can book whatever type of scan you need without a clinical referral. You should be aware that you will need to discuss your results with your GP aftwarsd or speak to an expert at the clinic.


Yes. Booking a scan for yourself is very common. If you are the parent, guardian or carer of another person, you can also book a scan for them. You will need to answer a few questions about their lifestyle, any preexisting conditions or potential health issues when booking.


Many people do not like staying in a small space for a long period of time. And inside the MRI can feel a bit claustrophobic. But if you do suffer from claustrophobia, let the team know and there are some techniques they can use to help relieve your anxiety.


No. There have been a lot of studies on the impact of radio waves and magnets on the body and no risks have been identified. It’s very safe.


First, an MRI is a bit safer. X-rays use radiation but an MRI uses magnets. Radiation in large doses is not good for you. Your GP may suggest an MRI for soft tissue injuries & concerns but an x-ray for bones. If in doubt, speak to one of our team who will be able to advise you. 


An MRI provides detailed images of the inside of your body so medical professionals can see all your bones, organs and soft tissue inside your body without needing to cut you open. If you’re concerned you have a disease or injury, an MRI might be useful in providing an accurate diagnosis. MRIs can also give you peace of mind that you are healthy even if you aren’t suffering from a specific issue.


Different scans are useful at identifying different conditions. For example, an X-Ray may provide a clearer image of injury to bone while an MRI provides better images of your soft tissue and organs. CT Scans and Ultrasounds are also useful in different ways. However, MRIs are often preferable because they do not use harmful radiation and the images can identify a wide range of conditions.


If you’re experiencing pain, have limited movement, or have suffered a recent injury, an MRI can look at the ligaments, muscles and tissues surrounding the area to identify the cause of your pain. Our scanners can identify an issue within 45 minutes and we use use open MRI scanners for a more comfortable experience. 



Our MRI clinic in Paddington has world-class MRI facilities and is easily accessible by the underground.

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