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Private MRI Scan

MRI scans are used to examine, reassure and identify a number of conditions including chronic migraines, back pain and torn ligaments.

Our MRI scans are reported by accredited professional consultant radiologists, which ensures that you receive the highest level of care every time.

As NHS waiting times for MRI scans can be variable, it is sometimes more convenient to choose an appointment through private healthcare. Fairfield Independent Hospital can make for a convenient alternative to other institutions in the North West, our hospital is just a short car trip from Manchester and Liverpool.

Our MRI radiographers have extensive experience of reassuring and assisting people who are anxious about having an MRI scan. If you would like to speak to someone about having an MRI scan you can contact our radiology care team on 01744 746 409 or email

We offer direct access to private scans for people with or without private medical insurance.

If you have private medical insurance, most diagnostic scans are covered, however, it is important that you contact your medical insurance provider before booking your scan.

Private MRI Guide Prices

How Much is a Private MRI Scan?

We also offer competitive self-pay prices for all our scans. The cost of an MRI Scan ranges from £299 to £700 per scan.

Our MRI scan costs are priced per area to make things simpler.

  • 1 area – £299 – £350
  • 2 Areas – £525
  • 3 Areas – £700
  • Arthrogram – £650

What is an MRI scan?

MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging. MRI scans are painless, safe procedures that use powerful magnets to produce a magnetic field that helps produce detailed pictures of the inside of your body. Lying on a flat bed, you’ll be moved into the scanner head or feet first, depending on where you need to be scanned. Whilst the scan is taking place you will be asked to stay as still as possible so that the machine can create an accurate image of you. Types of MRI include a magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) which looks specifically at the body’s blood vessels, or scan to assess soft tissues such muscles or cartilage.

How long does an MRI scan last?

A single MRI scan can last anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, this time will vary depending on the part of your body and the size of the area being scanned. Consultant Radiologists will operate the MRI scanner using a computer in a separate room, they will be able to talk to you through the use of an intercom and will be able to see you via a television monitor. Once the procedure is complete your MRI images will need to be studied by Radiologists thoroughly before you receive your results, which may take several working days, depending on your case.

What are some typical MRI examinations?

Typical examinations include:

  • Head
  • Knee
  • Spine
  • Shoulder

We will need a referral from your GP or appropriate clinician before booking your MRI scan. For more information you can contact our Radiology Department on 01744 746 409 or email

We also have a team of accredited allied health professionals, specialist consultant counsellors, accredited physician consultants
and a specialist rheumatologist consultant for those suffering from rheumatological related issues.

Key facts about the procedure