What is an MRI Scan?
MRI stands for 'Magnetic Resonance Imaging'. It uses magnets and radio waves to create images of the inside of your body, helping doctors diagnose and monitor a wide range of health conditions. MRI scans are particularly useful for making images of the brain, muscles heart and cancers.
What happens during an MRI scan?
A radiographer will perform your scan and will explain carefully what will happen to you and answer any questions you have. You will then lie flat inside on a motorised bed that will be moved into the scanner, which is shaped like a tunnel. You will need to lie still during the scan, which usually takes around 30 minutes in total.
You can have a friend or family member with you in the scanning room if you wish, and you can listen to a CD of your choice during the scan. MRI scans can be quite noisy, so even if you choose not to listen to music, you will be given headphones to wear.
The MRI scan is painless and there are no known side effects. However, it is not a suitable test for everyone. If you have certain surgical clips or other metal implants in your body, you may not be able to have this type of scan. If you have a medical implant such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, cardioveter or other implanted device, please speak to your doctor before making an appointment.
Why choose Bupa Cromwell Hospital for MRI scans?
Bupa Cromwell Hospital offers the best quality imaging available. Our MRI scanners can carry out a full body scan 30% faster than most machines. They also have a wider space to pass through, and allow you to choose your own lighting and wall images as well as music, improving your comfort.
If you need any treatment after your doctor receives the results of the MRI scan, we can quickly refer you to the right team at Bupa Cromwell Hospital
For further details read our MRI scan patient information guide.
How do I pay for treatment?
We welcome both insured and self-pay patients as well as company and embassy sponsored patients
Read more about payment options