MRI Scan


We are delighted to be able to offer patients the chance to self refer for an MRI scan, therefore a referral from your GP is not necessary.


Complete the online form today or call our friendly team on 01233 423000 for further information.


By choosing to have your private MRI scan at One Ashford Hospital, you can be sure to receive the best possible care with our state of the art facilities and highly experienced staff. 


We work with some of the world’s leading radiologists who will be there to support you and interpret your results quickly and efficiently. Being nervous prior to your scan is completely understandable, but our gentle surroundings and professional, friendly staff will put you at ease.



Frequently Asked Questions


What is an MRI scan?


MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a type of scan that produces a detailed picture of the tissue and organs inside of your body, using strong magnetic fields and radio waves. 

An MRI scan provides precise information about the structure of the joints, soft tissue and bones in the body and is commonly used by doctors to help understand what is causing your illness or pain.   

Can I refer myself?


Yes you can, you can submit a self-referral form and a member of the team will be in touch.

How long with an MRI scan take?


The length of time the scan will take depends on the part of the body being scanned. Generally, scans take anywhere between 15-90 minutes to perform.

What will happen?


Before undertaking the scan, the radiographer will take some information from you and ask you to lie on a bed that will be moved into the scanner.  A computer operates the MRI scanner located in an adjacent room where the radiographer can see the scans and speak to you through an intercom system.  The MRI scanner can make loud, repetitive clicking noises that may last for several minutes during the procedure, this is perfectly normal and you will be given headphones to help cancel it out.

During an MRI scan, the patient should lie down on a table that slides through a large tunnel. A strong magnetic field created by powerful magnets inside the tunnel allow the doctors to see inside your body, previously only possible through surgery.

Before having an MRI scan, you should tell your doctor if you have metal in your body (such as a pacemaker, metal implants or chips) or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Will I need an injection?


In some cases, contrast dye is injected, making tissues and blood vessels show in greater detail, increasing the accuracy of the images.

When will I get my results?


You will typically receive your results within one to two weeks however this may vary depending on why you are having the MRI and who is reading the results. 



Private Health Insurance

A number of patients do not realise that the cost of their treatment is covered by their private health insurance policy.  If you yourself have private health insurance (through work or a policy you took out yourself), it is worth checking to see if you could be covered.



Paying for Your Own Treatment

Patients can self-refer by completing our online form or by calling our friendly team on 01233 423 000



Where is One Ashford? Click here for directions.


You can use your private medical insurance or pay for your MRI Scan treatment. We offer competitive, fixed price packages. If you are using your health insurance, please contact your insurer first for approval and let them know you’d like to be treated at One Ashford Hospital

Why One Ashford Hospital

  • Access to leading Consultants within 48 hours*
  • Competitive fixed-price packages
  • Modern purpose-built hospital
  • Private, spacious, ensuite rooms
  • Specialist Physiotherapy and nursing teams
  • Little waiting time for surgery
  • Calm, dignified experience

*Dependent on Consultant availability
**Terms and conditions apply

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Diagnostics & Imaging Pricing Guide at One Ashford Hospital

This is a list of guide prices for some of common Diagnostics & Imaging treatments and procedures.

Treatment Guide Price
MRI Scan from £420
Ultrasound from £250
X Ray from £120



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