MRI Scan

Clarity about your complaints with a specific MRI

What is it?

A MRI scan is an examination that goes beyond a X-ray. By means of a large magnetic field hundreds of images are made of your body. This makes it possible for the doctor to draw his conclusions faster and more accurately concerning a possible disorder or condition.

Something for me?

By using a MRI scan it is possible to specifically search for the cause of (long-term) complaints. Also MRI scans are not painful or time consuming. 

The benefits

  • Within 1 week a scan in our clinic
  • Medical specialists
  • Direct contact with the GP
  • Examination without referral
  • Including a CD-ROM with images

Overview specific MRI scans

MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan back

Back pain may include lumbago, pain between the shoulder blades, low back pain, back pain or high radiating down to the legs.  With the MRI back scan you will quickly know what is wrong. The advantage is that you can follow a course of treatment while the illness is in the bud. That increases the chances of healing or recovery. MRI is a research technique that makes use of a large magnetic field used to make hundreds of images of your back. It is, as it were, a very detailed picture of your back and spinal vertebrae. A doctor has a better view of a possible disorder or condition (hernia, constriction or tumour) than X-ray.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan upper abdomen

Do you have persistent pain in the abdomen or upper abdomen? Then you obviously want to know what the cause could be. A scan of the abdomen could be the solution. The technique is also suitable for further research, for example, when no visible cause of your symptoms is found during a X-ray examination.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan lower abdomen

Do you suffer from long-term stomach ache or pain in the lower abdomen? Then you obviously want to know what the cause could be. A MRI scan of the lower abdomen could be the solution. MRI technology is also suitable for further research, for example when no visible cause for your symptoms is found during an X-ray examination.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan head and brain

Regular recurrent headaches (cluster headache, migraine, tension headache) are one of the most common complaints. The cause could be due to stress or psychological pressure. But it is also possible that there is a growth or other irregularity present in the head and causing pressure in certain parts of the brain. A MRI scan of the head and of the brain can clarify the cause of the complaints, because research using MRI images provides more information than for example, X-ray. We study the scan images of the skull, the brain, a narrowing/dilation of the blood vessels, brain damage and brain tumours.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan knee

Is there something wrong with the meniscus or cartilage? Is there fluid in the knee? With the MRI knee scan you will quickly know what is wrong. MRI is a research technique that makes use of a large magnetic field used to make hundreds of images of your knee. A doctor has a better view of a possible disorder or condition than X-ray.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan hip

A MRI scan of the hip can immediately give clarity of the cause of the complaints such as bursitis, overloading the hip muscles, painful joints, wear and tear of the hip joint (head) and other movement restrictions. In the images a doctor can clearly see the hip joint, wear (arthrosis) and the remaining bone disorders.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan shoulder

Shoulder complaints and shoulder pains can carry on for a long time and come back again. The pain can radiate to the shoulder blades, neck, elbow or fingers and seriously limit your activities. That is why it is important to quickly get the right diagnosis.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan neck

A large part of the population has neck complaints. These can have a big impact on your life: a constantly gnawing pain or short stabbing pains all of which can affect the pleasure in your daily life.

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MRI Scan
£725

MRI scan foot-ankle

Most foot and ankle complaints are related to spraining or twisting the foot inwards, with result of: a sprained/twisted ankle, partial rupture/complete rupture of the ligaments, bruised ankle or even a fracture. With the MRI scan of the foot or MRI scan of the ankle you will quickly be informed as to what the problem is. MRI is a research technique that makes use of a large magnetic field which makes hundreds of images of your foot or ankle. A doctor has a better view of a possible disorder or condition than X-ray.

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When do I need a MRI scan, what is it and what does it cost?

Do you have persistent symptoms in your back, neck, knee, head or any other body part? Then you obviously want to know what the cause could be. An MRI scan provided by Prescan, could be the solution. MRI is also suitable for further examination, for example when no visible cause for your symptoms is found during a X-ray examination.

In general, a MRI provides a better diagnosis than an X-ray for example. By means of a large magnetic field hundreds of images are made of your body. This makes it possible for the doctor to draw his conclusions more accurately concerning a possible disorder or condition.

Requests without referral

At Prescan you can have a MRI scan without a referral from your GP. And moreover, you do not have a long waiting time. Often you are helped within a week. You receive the results the following week after the examination and are given expert advice from a specialist: so you know where you stand. The advantage is that you can already follow a treatment programme in a early stage. That increases the chances of healing or quick recovery. If you undergo the MRI scan from a preventive point of view, and nothing is found, then you are reassured right away. By undergoing MRI scans of Prescan you do not wait longer then is necessary in uncertainty. This is what we call precare.

How does an MRI scan work?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a technique used to check the most vital organs and blood vessels right down to the smallest detail. The MRI scanner makes a large amount of images of your body by making use of a large magnetic field. In this way, cross-sections of your organs and body parts are made. To be able to evaluate the results, the computer presents the images of the organ or body parts as slices. Our specialists are able to view these images under a random angle, and therefore details of 5 mm are visible.

Sometimes, depending on your profile, we choose to give contrast agent into the blood. In this way we increase the contrast of the images. You will not have any problems due to injecting of the contrast agent . Only in very exceptional cases it can cause side effects, such as watery stools, intestinal problems, nausea and vomiting.

A preventive MRI examination lasts approximately 35 minutes and during this time about 800 images are made. While you are being scanned you will lie on a comfortable bed, that slowly shifts into a tunnel. The tunnel is open on both sides, back and front. If you are scared to lie in the tunnel, it is possible for your attendant to accompany you in the MRI area. A nurse is there to give you information and if necessary to reassure you. During the MRI scan you have a bell at your disposal which you can use to stop the process in case of emergency.

Not everyone is eligible for an MRI scan. If you might have a pacemaker due to a former operation, or metal peaces in your body, a MRI scan is not suitable due to the magnetic field. In that case there are other examination methods available.

The results

The results of the MRI examination will be given to you the following week and the GP will go trough the results. The images of the scans will being send to you together with the results of the examinations within two weeks.

We gladly advise you about the most appropriate examination for your situation

Thorough preparation makes all the difference

It is important that you get properly informed about preventative medical examination, such as the Total Body Scan. Knowing what the limitations, the advantages or disadvantages of specific examination methods are, prevents an incorrect expectation.

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