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A safe and painless imaging technique that can help us see inside almost any part of your body.
An MRI scan can be used to look at most areas of the body, meaning it can help diagnose a massive range of injuries and conditions. It can also assess the extent or progress of a wide variety of symptoms and conditions.
Your doctor might recommend you have an MRI scan if you have symptoms of any of the following conditions and they want to investigate further:
Your doctor might also recommend an MRI scan to:
You can usually see a specialist for your initial consultation within 48 hours of booking your appointment with us.
During this appointment, your consultant will make a detailed examination of your medical history as well as asking about your current symptoms. They will want to know how these symptoms impact your everyday life, how often they occur and whether you have tried treatment options for them already. They will also ask about existing medical conditions you suffer from and how these affect your daily life.
In order to assess your symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis, your consultant will gently carry out a physical examination of the affected area(s) of your body. If your consultant decides that you need an MRI scan to investigate your symptoms further, they will share more information about the process of MRI scanning, as well as booking the scan for you.
All of our consultants, as well as the multidisciplinary teams they work alongside, are committed to keeping you informed and comfortable throughout your treatment with us. We will never go ahead with any stage in your treatment journey, including any scan you might need, until we’re confident that you know what to expect and that you’re comfortable with all decisions made.
This is just a starting price, and the cost of your MRI scan with Circle Health Group will vary depending on your circumstances, the type of MRI you have, and your reason for having it. The price of an MRI scan also varies from hospital to hospital, so you should always get in touch directly for a personalised quote.
Below is a breakdown of some of the types of MRI scans you can have at Circle Health Group along with the different starting prices for each.
Prices will typically increase based on any additional body parts scanned or elements required for the scan. Other types of MRI scan we offer include:
The cost of private MRI scanning at our hospitals can be paid in full at the time, through your private medical insurance, or using our flexible payment plans. For further information about pricing, speak with one of our advisors on 0141 300 5009.
*These prices are provided as a guide and only apply to patients paying for their own treatment. The cost will depend on the scans requested by the healthcare professional who has referred you and your personal circumstances. You will always be given a fixed price before any scans take place, so please ask our team to confirm any pricing that is not clear.
Symptoms of a joint injury include stiffness, redness, and pain in and around your joint. You might experience a reduced range of motion and find it difficult to use your affected joint when performing everyday tasks.
Symptoms of a damaged ligament include severe pain and instability in and around your joint. You might also experience swelling, tenderness, and redness.
Symptoms of a disease of your internal organs differ depending on which organ is affected. For example, symptoms of disease of the liver include abdominal pain and swelling and jaundice (when your skin and eyes become a yellowish colour), whereas symptoms of disease of the womb include abnormal menstrual bleeding and chronic pelvic pain. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor, who can assess your condition and provide an accurate diagnosis alongside a tailored treatment plan.
Symptoms of a tumour differ depending on the type of the tumour you have and where it is located. It is important to discuss your symptoms with your doctor, who can provide you with the right information and diagnose your tumour.
A cardiac MRI can help us to understand how well your heart is working. There are various different types of heart MRI. For example, a cardiac perfusion MRI checks how well blood is pumping around your body. Whereas a structural assessment MRI looks at your heart's anatomy and how it connects to the rest of your body.
A cardiac MRI is a useful tool that helps cardiologists analyse heart health and can inform diagnosis as well as treatment recommendations.
You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and place your items in a locker before the scan is performed.
Some scans involve an injection of contrast dyes into your arm to make certain soft tissues and blood vessels show up clearly in the images. During this part of the process, a cannula (a thin plastic tube) will be inserted into a vein in your arm, which will inject contrast dye during the scan. Your Nurse might put some anaesthetic cream or spray onto your skin to numb the area of your arm before inserting the cannula. This should not be painful and does not take long to insert. The cannula will be removed after your scan.
An MRI scan is a painless procedure so you will not need anaesthetic (you do not feel pain when under anaesthesia).
You will be asked to fill out a safety questionnaire ahead of your appointment. This is so that your radiographer and radiologist have a good understanding of your general health and medical history. It will also highlight whether you have any metallic implants that might interfere with the results of your scan.
A cochlear implant
This is a device like a hearing aid. It is surgically inserted inside your ear.
As mentioned above, you will be asked to fill out a safety questionnaire ahead of your appointment, so your radiographer and radiologist will be aware if you have any metallic implants that might interfere with your scan.
Nearly every part of your body can be studied with an MRI machine, meaning it can diagnose a broad range of health conditions. As mentioned previously, these include:
To speak with a member of our advisory team about private MRI scanning at our hospitals, call us on 0141 300 5009.