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The London Clinic is the first private hospital in the UK to offer patients the latest diagnostic imaging with the new Siemens MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI scanner.

3T MRI Scanner at The London Clinic

The 3T MRI scanner works by generating a powerful magnetic field that is twice the strength of other 1.5 Tesla scanners, to produce exceptional image quality, supporting speciality areas such as orthopaedics, oncology, urology and neurology.

Our radiologists can better visualise small structures or disease within the body. The London Clinic’s priority is to provide the best patient focused technology and to make you feel at ease during your stay with us.

The Siemens MAGNETOM Vida is the first 3T MRI scanner with BioMatrix Technology, designed with revolutionary features to serve demands in high-end imaging. 3T MRI is the gold standard for some specialities including orthopaedics and prostate imaging.

Understanding your scan

A 3T MRI scanner is a large cylinder that’s open at both ends. You will lie on a motorised table that’s moved inside the scanner. You will enter the 3T either head first or feet first, depending on the area of your body being scanned.

The radiographer will use a computer to operate the 3T MRI scanner, which is placed in a different room, to keep away from the magnetic field.

You will be able to communicate with your radiographer, usually through an intercom, and they can view you at all times using a television screen.

To ensure the images are not blurred, it is crucial for your body to be still throughout the whole of the scan until the radiologist tells you to relax.

One scan can take from a couple of seconds to three or four minutes. They may ask you to hold your breath during short scans.

The MRI scanner will make loud tapping noises at specific times throughout the procedure. This is the electric current in the scanner coils being switched on and off. You may be given earplugs or headphones to wear.

Once the scan is over, your radiographer will move you out of the scanner.


If you’ve had a sedative, you will be asked to stay in the department until the effects have worn off. Alternatively, a friend or relative will need to take you home and stay with you till the effects have worn off. It is not safe to drive, use heavy machinery or drink alcohol for 24 hours after having a sedative.

3T MRI waiting area

The radiologist will send a report to your specialist consultant who arranged the scan, who will discuss the results with you. It typically takes 24 hours to 48 hours for the results of a 3T MRI scan to come back.

Why choose The London Clinic?

The London Clinic is dedicated to providing the best, personalised healthcare with over 600 world-renowned consultants available to offer informed health advice and treatment.

Spanning Harley Street and Devonshire Place, The London Clinic is situated in the heart of London’s internationally-known medical district. This central location, together with state-of-the art technologies and facilities that are not widely available in other hospitals, makes The London Clinic the hospital of choice for around 120,000 patients every year.

The London Clinic is an HTA licensed and JACIE accredited cancer centre with an ‘Excellent’ MacMillan Quality Environment Mark and with access to a Level 3 intensive care unit.

Offering affordable and competitive self-pay packages and expert support from Clinical Nurse Specialists and our specialised multidisciplinary team, over 98% of our patients said they would recommend The London Clinic to their friends and families.

Cost of having a 3T MRI scan

Please call 020 8108 9632 to speak to our helpful team to find out more and to book an appointment.

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