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What You Need To Know

Katalyst Health MRI Scans

About Our MRI Scans

Using MRI, our qualified professionals can locate the cause of your pain and discomfort quickly, painlessly and with precision. MRI scanning produces high-quality images of your bones, muscles, tendons, and connective tissues to swiftly identify any damage or abnormalities. MRIs are also frequently used to produce images of the brain.

Katalyst Health MRI Scans

Why Have a Scan?

MRI scanning can be an effective and painless way to help gain greater insight into what’s happening inside your body.

The images produced by the scan can help identify the source of your pain or be used to confirm a diagnosis made during an external examination.

The detailed report can ensure you get the right course of treatment and will give you the knowledge you need to make informed decisions with your doctor and ensure you have peace of mind.

Katalyst Health MRI Scans

Why Choose Katalyst Health?

Traditional MRIs can be overwhelming. However, our open MRI scanners can scan you in as little as 30 minutes instead of a standard hour-long scan.

Furthermore, our state-of-the-art scanners make less noise than a normal MRI, and the ergonomic design reduces claustrophobia for a more comfortable experience.

Katalyst Health MRI Scans

MRI Scans For Children

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a safe and non-invasive imaging technique used to diagnose a range of medical conditions in both adults and children. Contrary to popular belief, MRI scans can be performed on children as young as 10 years old, with parental consent.

MRI scans are often used in paediatric medicine to diagnose conditions such as soft tissue issues, joint problems, tumours etc. MRIs are useful in children as they provide detailed images of the body’s internal structures, which can be invaluable in making accurate diagnoses and developing effective treatment plans. The procedure is painless and does not involve radiation, making it safe for children to undergo.

How It Works

We have endeavoured to make the process as straight forward and efficient as possible.

Step 1.

BOOK AND ATTEND YOUR SCAN

Submitting a self-referral to find out if you are suitable for an MRI scan is easy and free.

We have access to both extremity and full-body MRI scanners. Extremity scanners are specifically designed for the hands, wrists, elbows, feet, ankles, and knees. We are usually able to scan a joint in under an hour, and there’s no need for you to get changed. The ergonomic design of our scanners ensures maximum comfort. You don’t need to put your body into a confined space, and there is very little noise.

Step 2.

REPORT AND FINDINGS

You will receive a digital copy of your scan, which you can discuss with one of our experts. Additionally, a full radiology report will be sent to your GP for further discussion. The next step is to discuss the appropriate treatment, either with our clinical team or your GP.

Step 3.

COURSE OF TREATMENT

Your treatment plan will be a comprehensive and patient-tailored approach to address medical conditions, injuries, or pathologies. It combines the precision of radiological assessments with clinical expertise to provide the best possible care and outcomes.

MRI Scan FAQ

We have extremity and full body MRI scanners. Extremity scanners are specifically designed for the hands, wrists, elbows, feet, ankles and knees. Unlike with conventional MRI, our scanners are open rather than the traditional enclosed capsule.This coupled with very little noise and overall ergonomic design maximises patient comfort. 

Our open MRI scanner provides a more spacious environment for patients compared to traditional closed scanners. They are designed to be more accommodating for patients who may experience claustrophobia or discomfort in a confined space. Additionally, the reduced scan time and lower noise levels are significant advantages for a more pleasant experience.

Our open MRI scanner uses a coil around the patient to improve image quality and signal detection during the magnetic resonance imaging process. MRI uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the internal structures of the body, such as the brain, organs, muscles, and other tissues.

The coil serves as a receiver for the signals emitted by the body’s tissues when they are exposed to the MRI’s magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses. The coil is responsible for capturing these signals and transmitting them to the MRI machine for processing and image reconstruction.

To ensure you are comfortable during your MRI scan with us, we ask for some more information during your pre-assessment of some body measurements to confirm accessibility.

Most MRI scans are requested on a non-urgent, consultant-led basis. This means you can end up waiting up to 18 weeks from the time of your NHS e-Referral Service appointment or when the hospital gets your referral letter. Then there is a further wait for your results which is typically 24 hours. 

The NHS looks after the vast majority of patients in the UK and there is a huge demand on services such as MRI, with the more urgent cases being given priority. You can, however, skip this queue if you opt to get a private MRI scan which you can pay for yourself.  

Yes. You simply need to fill in our enquiry form to book a private MRI scan appointment. However you will need to pay an upfront cost for our services. 

Yes. It’s also possible to book for someone else if you’re their carer. By simply answering a few questions about why you want the scan and some extra safety questions you can book someone in hassle free. 

No. It’s a very safe, non-invasive procedure. There have been a wide range of studies on the impact of radio waves and magnets on the human body and no risks have been identified. Unlike with an X-ray machine, radiation is not used so there is no risk of exposure to radiation during an MRI procedure. However, due to the use of the strong magnets, MRIs cannot be performed on patients with implanted pacemakers.  

Typically Your GP may suggest an MRI for soft tissue injuries as the MRI can scan the internal structure of muscles, bones, ligaments, organs, nerves, and joints, from any angle. MRIs are more versatile, and doctors use them for examining many medical conditions. However, x-rays are used more often for examining broken bones, and they can also help detect diseased tissue. Additionally, an MRI scan does not use radiation, instead using strong magnets and radio waves.   

If you’re experiencing knee pain, a knee MRI can look at the ligaments, muscles and tissues surrounding the knee to identify the cause of your knee pain within 15 to 45 minutes on average. This is because only your lower body needs to go into the MRI machine.

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