Open and Upright MRI Scan

Specially Designed Alternatives To Standard Tunnel Scanners


Open and Upright MRI Scan

Vista Health is a leading provider of Open MRI scanning services across the UK. We offer patients an Open MRI scan which is an alternative to the conventional MRI and provides optimal image quality.

There are two types of Open MRI available through Vista Health: A scanner with three sides completely open allowing more space around the body; and Upright (or standing) MRI scanners that allow you to sit or stand between two large magnetised plates and you are able to look out.

All Open MRI scanners are available to patients that may have anxiety issues or are claustrophobic, bariatric or have restricted mobility, and for younger children.


You can also refer yourself, so no need for a GP referral to book a scan. Through our online booking system (Book&Go), patients can schedule an open mri scan appointment at their preferred time and location.




From Only £500

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



Locations UK Wide

Open MRI scans are available in Central London, Croydon, Birmingham and Leeds.



Same Day Appointments

You can have quick access with same day appointments.

What is an Open MRI scan?

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

Open MRI is suitable for certain parts 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.

While MRI scans are highly efficient, the standard 'tunnel' scanners can be particularly uncomfortable for claustophobic patients, overweight patients or for those unable to lie flat for a prolonged period. In these cases you should consider our MRI Open and Upright scanners in London, Croydon, Birmingham and Leeds, for greater comfort. 

Open MRI delivers the same level of accuracy as a traditional scanner, however all four sides of the scanner are open, therefore reducing the risk of claustophobia and panic attacks. 

Advantages of an Open MRI over the conventional 'tunnel' MRI:

  • Superior imaging in that it is able to detect issues that are only visible when the patient is in a weight bearing situation, or in a position that causes discomfort.
  • Patients can be imaged in a lying down, standing or in a sitting position.
  • Perfect for patients that may suffer Claustrophobia, or anxiety.
  • Patients who are larger or have restricted mobility or that are unable to lie down.
  • Some patients need to be observed during the scan for whatever reason.
  • Children over 5 years old.

Open MRI

Upright MRI

Prices fom £500

Services using open MRI scans may cost a little more than the conventional 'tunnel' scanners. But here at Vista Health such services 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 3 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.

Open MRI prices from *


Croydon (Completely Open unit)
London (Upright MRI)
Birmingham / Leeds (Upright MRI)

* Please call us / enquire for pricing for additional body parts.

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.


If you have any questions then please do contact our friendly and knowledgeable Patient Care team on 0333 200 2064 or have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions that may be able to answer any concerns you may have about having an MRI scan with Vista Health.



We understand that you may wish to discuss this with a family member or a friend before booking an appointment, so we have put together a printable Open MRI summary sheet for your convenience.

Download Open MRI Summary (PDF)

If you do not have Adobe PDF reader installed then you can download it here.

Interested in an Open 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.

Alternatively, submit a referral or book an appointment online.




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, Sunday: 8am to 1pm



Vista Health are proud to be working with

Partners - In Health
Partners - Aviva
Partners - Axa
Partners - Bupa
Partners - Cigna
Partners - Healix
Partners - Health Partners
Partners - Simplyhealth
Partners - Vitality