What is an MRI?
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.
Is it safe?
An MRI scan is a painless and safe procedure. However, not everyone can have an MRI scan and it important to let us know if you have any of the following:
- You are pregnant 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
Will it be comfortable?
Our flatbed Open MRI Scanner offers patients a much more comfortable experience than the confined space of tradition closed scanner tunnels. Open MRI scans are suitable for almost anyone and ideal for the following groups of patients:
- Claustrophobic or anxious
- Limited mobility
- Children and the elderly
Our Harley Street 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.
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
We offer cardiac MRI scans to enable earlier diagnosis of heart abnormalities and guide clinical decision making for effective treatment.