The London Clinic has a state of the art imaging department providing our patients and referring doctors with a comprehensive range of investigations to cater for our patients’ individual needs. Our consultants have access to some of the most advanced technology available.

As part of its imaging facilities, we have two MRI scanners, both offering a comprehensive range of MRI investigations.
We pride ourselves on maintaining the highest level of clinical care and professionalism in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Am I suitable for an MRI scan?

Not everyone is suitable for an MRI scan and it is important that you let us know if you have the following risk factors:

  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Heart valves
  • Cochlear implant
  • Stapedectomy
  • Surgery involving metal implants in the last 6 weeks
  • Pregnancy or possibility of pregnancy
  • Weight in excess of 200 KG
  • Injuries involving metallic fragments in the eyes
  • Gunshot or shrapnel injuries

How does an MRI work?

An MRI scan is an imaging tool that uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency to produce cross-sectional images of the body.The scanner is a large cylinder that is open at both ends and uses a very strong magnetic field to acquire images.

Patients having abdominal and pelvic scans must not eat or drink for four hours before the scan.

Following a safety check questionnaire and asked to remove any loose metal objects including watches, coins and any
credit cards which will be locked away while you have your scan.

MRI is not affected by clothing but metal zips and buttons can affect the images and you will be asked to change into a gown, depending on the type of scan you are having.

You will be asked to lie on a table that will move through the cylinder to the required scanning position.

The MRI scanner makes a loud knocking noise when it is in operation but ear protection and music are available to minimise this. A two way intercom is in operation so that communication between yourself and the staff operating the scanner can be maintained. You will also have a call button to press should you require assistance at any time.

Data is collected and processed through computers to appear as an image on the MRI monitors for review by the consultant radiologist.

Depending on the area of the body under examination, some patients may require an injection of a contrast agent (dye) during the scan. The injections are given if the Radiologist thinks it will demonstrate more information about certain parts of the body.

The scan will be reported by a specialist consultant radiologist and the results will be forwarded to the referring clinician within 24 hours.

Female Patients

If there is any possibility that you may be pregnant please notify the MR department prior to arriving. Normally we do not scan patients in the first trimester of pregnancy. Breast feeding mothers should be aware that the milk must be discarded for the 24 hours following the injection.

Note: If you have any mobility difficulties please call the MRI department prior to arriving.

Making an enquiry

For more information about a private MRI scan at The London Clinic please click here and complete the enquiry form or call +44 (0) 207 616 7693.