HCA hospitals frequently use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) as a method of scanning. It involves using a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency waves and a computer to create detailed cross-sectional images of internal body structures.
MRI scanning is painless and safe. Unlike X-rays and some other imaging tests, an MRI scan does not use any radiation. It can be performed on most body parts and all the internal organs.
An MRI scanner is a large tube, which a patient lies inside during their scan. The process takes between 25 and 45 minutes and is noisy, so earplugs or headphones are provided. Following an MRI scan, patients can continue with their daily activities as normal.
When you have an MRI scan at one of our hospitals:
- you’ll have access to the latest medical technology available, including our new Extremity MRI Scanners – used for soft tissues of the extremities, including knees, ankles, heels, toes, wrists, hands, fingers and elbows, and specially designed so that only your limbs need to be inserted, reducing any claustrophobia
You can choose the consultant and hospital most convenient for you by simply entering the treatment into our ‘Consultant finder’.
With us, you can be sure you are getting the best available treatment. When you have any treatment in one of our units or hospitals, you will experience a number of benefits:
- Access to consultants who are experts in their field, working with the latest treatments and leading technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that smaller private hospitals cannot match.
- We are London’s leading private hospital group, treating 400,000 patients each year. This volume drives excellence and experience. In the past decade we have invested £500 million in the latest technologies, treatments and medication, many of which are not available on the NHS or via smaller private hospitals.
- You can be confident that we can take care of all your treatment needs. We are the only private hospital group to offer such an extensive range of treatments for patients of all ages.
- No waiting time. Your care will start as soon as you're ready.
- Your safety is protected. Some private hospitals don’t have any on-site critical care facilities in the event of an emergency. Our consultants have access to more critical care beds 24/7 than any other private healthcare group in the UK. If you need urgent care you’ll receive it instantly – it’s very rare for us to transfer patients to another hospital. Our rates of MRSA are nearly five times lower than the national average. And we have zero recorded cases of some other common infections.
What to do next
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on +44 (0) 20 7079 4399 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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