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.

New GenesisCare diagnostics centre in Windsor

The new purpose-built GenesisCare centres in Oxford & Windsor give your insured and self-pay patients fast and easy access to a state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging suite, as well as oncology and wellbeing services, all under one roof. Find out more about what we offer at our centres for our patients.


Our Windsor centre is located at:

69 Alma Road

Our Oxford centre is located at:

Sandy Lane West
Peters Way

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


Little Aston Hall Drive, Sutton Coldfield, B74 3BF


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


Bartons Road, Havant, PO9 5NA


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


Spire Hospital, Chalybeate Close, Southampton, SO16 6UY


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


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


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

Milton Keynes

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


The Oaks, Fordham Road, Newmarket, CB8 7XN


69 Alma Road, Windsor, SL4 3HD