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Spire Thames Valley Hospital is delighted to offer MRI scanning, with self-pay prices starting at £350 for one part area. Costs will depend on your specific requirements. Contact us today to find out more.

What is an MRI scan?

An MRI scan is a special technique that uses magnets and radio waves to produce both two- and three-dimensional pictures of the inside of your body.

MRI can help diagnose and monitor many different medical conditions. It's suitable for every part of the body, including bones, soft tissues (such as blood vessels, ligaments and muscles) and the brain.

MRI scan

(Image courtesy of Siemens AG)

See here for more detailed information about the MRI scan.

Are there any risks associated with private MRI scans?

MRI scans are not suitable for everybody. For example, the magnetic field from the scan affects metals such as iron, nickel and steel. As a precaution, MRI scans are not usually done on women who are less than 12 weeks pregnant. When you arrive at the hospital, you may be asked some questions – about your health, previous operations, allergies and any medicines you are taking. This helps to ensure that it is safe for you to have an MRI scan.

Otherwise, MRI scans are considered very safe with no known side effects from exposure to magnetic or radio waves. Depending on the type of scan some patients may require the injection of a special dye (contrast medium); reactions to this dye are very rare and can usually be treated immediately.

For more information about our MRI scanning service, including pricing:

Call our enquiry line on 01753 665420
or click the 'Enquire' button below and complete our online enquiry form.