MRI scanning

Same day MRI scans with full reporting within 48 hours.

Diagnosis using MRI scanning

MRI scanning (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of scan that produces detailed images of inside the body through the use of radio waves and magnetic fields. Essentially it is a large tube containing magnets that you lie inside during the scanning process and it can be used to scan almost any part of your body.

The results of an MRI scan can be used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.

Multiparametric MRI scan

A multiparametric MRI combines several tests to give the consultant a more complete picture of the prostate cancer patient’s condition:

  • Regular MRI scan.
  • Spectroscopic MRI scan which measures chemical concentrations.
  • Dynamic Contrast Enhanced (DCE) MRI scan which evaluates blood flow to tissue.
  • Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) MRI which evaluates cellular packing and disorder.
  • These combined results can tell your consultant the severity of the disease, or effectively guide the taking of a biopsy, and use the outcome to deliver a highly defined treatment plan.

What to expect from an MRI scan

You will need to lie on a bed which will be moved into the scanner. This may be head first or feet first as it will depend on the area of the body being scanned. Occasionally, an injection may be required ahead of the scan to administer a solution that will help see parts of the body clearer. This will be discussed with you ahead of the scan taking place.

You will usually be given earphones or earplugs to wear as the scanner will make a noise whilst the scan is being taken. However, you will be able to talk to the radiographer taking the scan through an intercom as they will be watching the scanning process on a computer screen in the room next door.

Keeping still during the scanning process is important as it will ensure a clear image can be taken. Depending on the number of scans required and the size of the area that is needed to be scanned, it can last between 15 and 90 minutes in total.

Most people can have a MRI scan as it is low risk, even pregnant women and babies. However, if you are claustrophobic, the process may make you feel uncomfortable and it is not always possible to use MRI scanning on people with implants, such as pacemakers.

Call Cambridge today

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For more information about a private MRI scan at GenesiscCare please call our centre in Cambridge.

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For more information about a private MRI scan at GenesiscCare please call our centre in Oxford.

Meet our doctors

Everything we do is focused on designing better care for our patients.

With a network of 14 specialist oncology treatment centres across the UK, we provide the most up-to-date treatments and technology as standard. We attract and retain some of the most experienced doctors in the country, who all have a passion for improving patient outcomes and specialise in the treatment of different types of cancer.

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Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF

+44 (0)121 353 3055


300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol, BS32 4SY

01454 456500


Fordham Rd, Newmarket CB8 7XN, UK

+44 (0)1223 907 600


Springfield Cancer Centre, Lawn Lane, Chelmsford, CM1 7GU

+44 (0)1245 987 901

Cromwell Hospital

164-178 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW5 0TU, UK

0203 848 0900


Unit 710, Centennial Park, Centennial Avenue, Elstree, Borehamwood, WD6 3SZ

+44 (0)208 236 9040


BMI St Martha Oncology Centre, 46 Harvey Road, Guildford, GU1 3LX

+44 (0)1483 806 000


17 Kings Hill Avenue, Kings Hill, West Malling, ME19 4UA

+44 (0)1732 207 000

Milton Keynes

Sunrise Parkway, Linford Wood East, Milton Keynes, MK14 6LS

+44 (0)1908 467 700


The Park Centre for oncology, Sherwood Lodge Drive, Burntstump Country Park, Nottingham, NG5 8RX

+44 (0)1158 077 400


Peters Way, Sandy Lane West, Oxford, OX4 6LB

+44 (0)1865 237 700


Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA

+44 (0)23 9248 4992


Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY

+44 (0)381 277 900


69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD

+44 (0)1753 418 444