MRI Scan


Private MRI Scan

Vista Health can offer same-day MRI scans with reports returned from our specialist consultants within 2 working days.
Open MRI scanners are available to patients that may have anxiety issues, and for children of any age.



You can also refer yourself, so no need for a GP referral to book a scan. 
Self-referral is available at all 32 locations across the UK




From Only £199

Based on how quickly you would like your scan, and the location.



Over 30 Locations UK Wide

Choose where to have your MRI scan from our 32 sites across the UK.



Same Day Appointments

You can have quick access with same day appointments.

What is an MRI scan?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging which is a way of taking pictures inside the body without using x-rays.

It is suitable for every part of your body, including bones, soft tissues and the brain, and is one of the most advanced imaging techniques used to date. MRI uses a very strong magnetic field which allows doctors to see inside your body in a way previously only possible through surgery.

Prices fom £199

Vista Health have MRI scanners at 32 locations across London and throughout the UK. Our competitive prices for private MRI scans are based on how quickly you would like your scan, and the location.  

Open MRI scans cost a little more than the conventional 'tunnel' scanners, but still remain affordable for patients who suffer from claustrophobia or those unable to lie flat for extended periods or not able to fit comfortably in a traditional MRI scanner.

The diagnosis is always included in the price and your report will be completed by a specialist consultant radiologist, and returned to your referrer or GP within 2 working days from your scan time.

Your price will always be clearly explained before you book.   At Vista Health, we make it our mission to guide you through every stage of your MRI journey.

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Vista Health clinic locations

Convenient locations in London and across the UK

Vista Health is a leading UK healthcare specialist provider specialising in diagnostic services for the private healthcare market. Helping clinicians and patients to start the health journey sooner.

Why would you need an MRI scan?

Throughout your referral process our dedicated team will determine whether an MRI scan is the right course of action for you. If you suffer with any of the following an MRI may be the best way to diagnose an illness and ensure you receive the best possible care going forward. 



Do you suffer from headaches, dizziness, strange sensations or paralysis? If you do then please speak to our expert team as an MRI scan may find the cause.


An MRI scan would help find possible causes of sciatica, back pain, injury, scoliosis, or paralysis.  Call or contact us via the form below to get advice.


Issues with your prostate, fibroids, ovarian disease, arthritis, bursitis, groin issues, gynae problems and unidentified hip pain can be diagnosed with MRI.


Abdominal pain can involve the liver, kidney and pancreatic pathologies. Our expert team at Vista Health are on hand to help you at every step of the way.

Private MRI Scan FAQs

How does the MRI scanner work?

An MRI scanner is a large, hollow cylinder open at both ends. A strong magnetic field and radio waves are used to create images of organs and other structures inside you. A ‘receiving device’ like an aerial, may be placed behind or around the part of the body being examined. This detects the tiny radio signals emitted from the body during the scan.

How long does a scan take?

An MRI scan usually takes between 20 and 40 minutes, but the actual duration of the scan varies depending on the size of the area being scanned and the number of images that need to be taken.

Is the scan noisy?

MRI scanners make loud tapping noises.  The noise is generated from magnetic fields cycling on and off to take images. We'll give you earphones and/or earplugs, and music may be available during the procedure.

I have a medical implant. Can I still have an MRI scan?

Yes, but please do let us know beforehand. The MRI scanner uses a powerful magnet that may affect people with certain types of medical implants or devices. Please also ensure that you remove all metal from your body including loose change from your pockets, prior to the scan.

What happens if I need to stop my scan?

You will be given a call bell whilst having your scan. Should you need to stop the procedure, simply squeeze this and one of our qualified technicians will promptly assist you.

Is it comfortable?

Our MRI scanner comes with pads, cushions and supports to ensure that you feel comfortable throughout the scan. It is important to be comfortable in the scanner so that you can keep still for the duration of the procedure.

Can I speak to a member of staff during my scan?

Yes, the MRI scanner is equipped with an intercom. You will be able to talk to the MRI operator between scans if there is an issue.

What happens after the MRI scan?

Your Results:

Please contact your referrer for your results and further information. Results usually take a few days to be processed but our staff will advise you on the day as to how long you will need to wait.

After your scan:

There are no after effects from the scan. You can return to your normal activities as soon as the scan is over.

The images from the scan are studied by a Consultant who will prepare a written report to send to your referrer.​​​​​​

If anything needs urgent attention, you will be contacted immediately. We are always keen to hear feedback and have patient feedback forms available.

If you have any further questions please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.

You will receive a disc with the images of your MRI scan (unless your scan was performed on a mobile unit and the images will be posted to the patient by recorded delivery). Your referrer will also receive a copy of the report and images of the scan.

Throughout the process our highly trained staff are on hand to answer any of your concerns or queries, so if you have a question at any point, just ask and they will be more than happy to help.

When will I receive my results?

You will receive a disc with the images of your MRI scan on the day (unless your scan was performed on a mobile unit and the images will be posted to you by recorded delivery). Your referrer will also receive a copy of the report and images of the scan within two working days.

When should an MRI not be done?

Due to the powerful magnetic field of an MRI scan, certain individuals cannot be scanned. A patient must not have an MRI scan if they have:

  • A cardiac (heart) pacemaker
  • Clips in the head from brain operations, ie aneurysm clips
  • A cochlear (ear) implant
  • A metallic foreign body in the patient’s eye
  • A programmable shunt for hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)
  • Or are pregnant.

Interested in an MRI?

Please contact us via the form below, or alternatively call us and speak directly to one of our experienced staff.  We are here to help.

Remember that you can refer yourself and do not need a GP referral.




Contact details

Tel: 0333 200 2064
Fax: 0333 200 2065

For directions to our Vista Health locations, please visit the locations page.


Patient care address

Vista Health
Patient Referral Centre
Sandbrook House
Sandbrook Park
OL11 1RY


Appointment bookings

Tel: 0333 200 2064
Monday to Friday: 8am to 8pm
Saturday: 9am to 1pm



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