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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

OPEN MRI

Our flatbed Open MRI Scanner is specially designed for patients with claustrophobia or anxiety as its wide, open shape means you will feel less enclosed during your scan.

How comfortable will it be?

Our Open MRI Scanner provides a more comfortable experience than the confined space of standard closed tunnel scanners.

You will lie flat during the scan with the scanning machine above you, however it is completely open at the front and back.

Our team scan numerous claustrophobic patients each year and will do their utmost to ensure you feel reassured and at ease throughout your scan.

Who is it suitable for?

Open MRI scans are suitable for almost anyone and ideal for the following groups of patients:

  • Claustrophobic or anxious
  • Bariatric
  • Limited mobility
  • Children and the elderly

Is it safe?

An MRI scan is a safe and pain-free procedure.

However, not everyone can have an MRI scan and it is important that you make us aware if any of the following apply to you:

  • You are or may be pregnant
  • You have a cardiac pacemaker
  • You have an artificial heart valve
  • You have had surgery on your head, eyes, ears, or spine
  • You have any metal implants like joint replacements

What is an MRI scan?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce high-quality images of the internal structure and function of the inside of the body.

Harley Street Medical Centre has the Philips 1.0T Panorama that gives high field image quality equivalent to that of a conventional 1.5T cylindrical MRI scanner system.

 

OPEN CARDIAC MRI

We offer Open Cardiac MRI scans to enable earlier diagnosis of heart abnormalities and to guide clinical decision making for effective treatment.

What is Cardiac MRI?

Cardiac MRI is commonly regarded to be the most accurate non-invasive method of assessing the structure and function of the heart; often providing more valuable information than other imaging methods such as X-ray or Ultrasound.

A cardiac MRI is useful for checking any problems with your heart, including:

  • congenital heart disease
  • the condition of your heart valves
  • damage to your heart after a heart attack
  • the amount of healthy heart muscle if you have heart failure
  • reduced blood flow to the heart muscle that may cause chest pain (angina)
  • coronary heart disease

 

Preparation

Few simple instructions before your scan:

* Ensure you come dressed in clothes without zips or metal buttons if possible

* Remove any loose metal objects like keys or coins from your pockets and leave valuable possessions, such as jewellery and watches, at home

* You should arrive 15 minutes before your appointment

The Scan/What to expect

MRI scans typically last from between 30-60 minutes depending on which body part(s) are being examined.


The machine can be loud and create knocking sounds, which may be disruptive; therefore patients are given headphones to play their choice of music.

After the scan

Results are usually ready within 24-48 hours and sent to the referring clinician.

All patients are supplied with a CD consisting of the images from their scan.