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  • High-Definition Imaging: MRI scans produce detailed and clear images of soft tissues, organs, and other internal structures. This level of clarity is unparalleled, especially when compared to other imaging techniques.
  • No Exposure to Ionising Radiation: Unlike CT scans and traditional X-rays, MRI scans don’t use ionising radiation, making it a safer choice, particularly for vulnerable groups such as children and pregnant women.
  • Versatility in Diagnosis: MRI is a trusted tool to diagnose a plethora of conditions, ranging from tumours and joint issues to brain anomalies and spinal cord injuries.
  • Soft Tissue Imaging: MRI’s capability to capture high-resolution images of soft tissues, such as ligaments, muscles, and organs, makes it indispensable in the field of diagnostics.


  • Magnetic Field Concerns: The powerful magnetic fields can cause metal objects to move within the body. As such, individuals with certain metal implants, like pacemakers or certain types of metal plates, may not be suitable candidates for MRI.
  • Reaction to Contrast Agents: On rare occasions, the contrast agents used in MRI scans might cause allergic reactions in some patients.
  • Claustrophobia: The closed nature of traditional MRI machines can sometimes cause discomfort or anxiety in patients with claustrophobia. However, there are open MRI options available that mitigate this concern.
  • Noise: The scanning process can produce loud, repetitive noises. While ear protection is often provided, the sound might be unsettling for some.

Choosing an MRI scan delivers:-

Detail: MRI scans can produce very detailed images of organs and structures within the body, making them particularly useful for diagnosing issues with the brain, spinal-cord, nerves, muscles, ligaments, and tendons.

A Non-invasive and Safe Procedure: Since MRI scans do not use ionizing radiation, they are considered safer than X-rays or CT scans for patients requiring multiple imaging exams. This is particularly important for pregnant women (although precautions are taken) and individuals who must avoid radiation exposure.

Disease Detection and Diagnosis: MRI scans are highly effective in diagnosing a wide range of conditions due to their ability to capture high-resolution images of soft tissues. This includes detecting tumors, brain disorders, abnormalities in the heart and blood vessels, and more.

A Detailed Treatment Plan: The detailed information from MRI scans helps physicians plan treatments for various conditions, including surgery, by providing a clear picture of the area to be treated.

Monitoring of Disease Progression: MRI scans can be used to monitor the progression of a disease or the effectiveness of treatment, providing vital information for adjusting treatment plans as necessary. 


Remove the stress out of MRI scanning. With no waiting lists, we’ll provide clinical guidance, simple referrals, and speedy results at one set competitive price.

No GP referral required for private MRI scanning plus direct contact with consultants and clinicians.

Our trained radiologists and technologists, with their vast expertise in radiological scanning, evaluate every detail of the acquired images. This combination of advanced technology and expert interpretation makes TIC IMAGING a trusted choice for MRI diagnostics.

We uphold the principle of clarity in our procedures and costs. Every step, from booking your appointment to obtaining your scan results, is transparent, ensuring that patients are well-informed and comfortable throughout their journey with us.


With medical technology constantly advancing, questions surrounding the best diagnostic tools are inevitable. A prime query focuses on the variance between 3 Tesla and 1.5 Tesla MRI machines. As vital components of TIC IMAGING’s diagnostic suite, comprehending their distinctive characteristics becomes essential for health-conscious decisions.


The magnetic prowess of 3 Tesla MRI scans enables them to capture high-definition MRI imaging of intricate structures, such as the brain or wrist. Conversely, the 1.5 Tesla MRI scans stand out as reliable general imaging tools. However, the increased magnetism in the 3T MRI can sometimes introduce imaging artefacts, which might occasionally compromise image quality, especially around the spine and internal organs.


MRI procedures naturally induce a rise in body temperature because of tissue interaction with electromagnetic energy. This phenomenon, termed the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR), manifests more significantly in 3T MRI scans, elevating temperatures up to four times compared to the 1.5T variant. Given this, the 1.5T MRI emerges as the go-to for prolonged full-body screenings, striking a balance between comfort and safety.


The formidable magnetic strength of the 3T MRI introduces elevated concerns for individuals with metallic implants or devices. Common devices, such as pacemakers and auditory aids, might interact adversely with the strong fields of the 3T MRI. In light of this, the 1.5T MRI scan offers a safer diagnostic avenue, ensuring accurate outcomes without jeopardising patient welfare.


3 Tesla scanners are more expensive than 1.5 Tesla scanners, both in terms of initial investment and operational costs. This can make 3 Tesla scans more expensive for patients, depending on the healthcare system and insurance coverage.

What are MRI Machines?

MRI machines are versatile tools capable of scanning nearly every part of the body. They use powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to generate detailed images of the inside of your body.

Here’s a list of parts that can be scanned by an MRI machine:

Brain and Nervous System: MRI scans are particularly useful for imaging the brain and spinal cord. They can help diagnose brain tumors, traumatic brain injuries, developmental anomalies, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, infection, and the causes of headache.

Musculoskeletal System: MRI scans can image bones, joints, and soft tissues like muscles, ligaments, and tendons. They’re often used to look at knees, ankles, feet, shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hips after injuries or to diagnose conditions such as arthritis, torn ligaments, or tendinitis.

Heart and Blood Vessels: Cardiac MRI can provide detailed images of the heart and blood vessels, assessing the structure and function of the heart, the thickness and movement of the walls of the heart chambers, the extent of damage caused by a heart attack or heart disease, and the location and size of any tumors.

Abdominal and Pelvic Area: MRI scans can examine organs like the liver, pancreas, spleen, kidneys, bladder, prostate, uterus, and ovaries. They are useful in detecting tumors, bleeding, infections, and obstructions.

Breast: Breast MRI is used alongside mammography to screen for breast cancer, especially in women at high risk or with dense breast tissue.

Prostate: MRI of the prostate can help in the diagnosis, staging, and monitoring of prostate cancer.

Blood Vessels (MRA): Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a type of MRI scan specifically designed to visualize blood vessels in various parts of the body. It can detect abnormalities like aneurysms, blockages, and other vascular diseases.

Frequently Asked Questions

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a non-invasive imaging technique that uses a potent magnet, radio waves, and computing to generate detailed visuals of the body’s internal structures.

Yes, at TIC Health, you can obtain a private MRI scan in London without a referral. We understand that timely and accessible diagnostic services are crucial for your health. Simply book an appointment online  to schedule your MRI scan. 

MRI scans at TIC IMAGING offer precise diagnostic insights, from evaluating tumours to assessing joint problems. With our advanced equipment and expert team, we ensure accurate and reliable results.

During the MRI, patients lie on a table that moves into a tube-shaped scanner. The machine produces magnetic fields and radio waves to capture images. Depending on the area being scanned, a contrast agent may be introduced.

Yes. MRI scans are generally considered safe since they do not use ionising radiation. However, it’s crucial to inform our team of any metal implants or other health conditions that might influence the scanning process.

You might be asked to fast for a few hours, depending on the type of MRI. Wearing comfortable attire without metal accessories is recommended. Any specific preparations will be communicated during your appointment scheduling.

Once your MRI scan is complete, our expert radiologists will review and interpret the images. You’ll receive detailed feedback during a subsequent consultation, where all findings and recommendations will be discussed.

The private MRI scan price can vary based on the type of MRI and specifics of individual health insurance. We encourage patients to get in touch with us for a detailed breakdown and to discuss any financial queries.

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