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Harley Street private open MRI for claustrophobia

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a safe and non-invasive procedure that employs radio waves, a magnet, and advanced computer software to generate two and three-dimensional images of the internal structures within your body. Notably, MRI does not involve radiation, making it a preferable choice for early detection of injuries and diseases, particularly within soft tissues. Our MRI facility features a wide bore, offering more space than standard MRI scanners. Furthermore, our scanner is thoughtfully designed with an ambient setting that includes soothing lighting and an immersive audio-visual experience, ensuring a comfortable environment even for those who may experience claustrophobia.

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A newly highly innovative Ambient
Experience has been added to our
3T MRI room

This innovative technology allows patients to watch a video that is displayed on a screen outside the MRI machine, while a mirror attached to the head gear allows them to see it. By providing visual and audio elements, the experience becomes more relaxing and patient-friendly.

Furthermore, the latest advancements in diagnostic imaging have led to exclusive features such as 80% acoustic noise reduction, voice guidance, and comfortable tables, all of which contribute to a smoother and faster scan. These features can reduce the likelihood of needing to redo the scan, making the process more efficient and less stressful for patients.

The scanner itself is also designed to be more accommodating. It has a wide 70 cm patient bore (15 cm wider than traditional scanners), allowing for more space and less confinement during the procedure. Additionally, it has a large 55cm FOC capability, which makes it possible to scan larger patients.

If you are someone who is anxious or claustrophobic about getting an MRI, talk to your doctor about these options. They may be able to recommend a facility that offers these alternatives and can help make your experience more comfortable.

Why did we upgrade from an Open 1.0T to 3T with claustrophobic-friendly features?

We've recently upgraded our MRI scanner to a 3T strength magnetic field, which not only enhances the quality of images but also reduces the time needed for scans. Additionally, we offer an alternative to traditional MRI machines for those who feel claustrophobic.

Our open MRI machine provides a more spacious and less enclosed environment, which can ease any feelings of anxiety or discomfort during the scan. We also allow a friend or family member to sit in the room with you during the scan, if that would make you more comfortable.

If you're still feeling uneasy about getting an MRI, we also offer other options for those who experience claustrophobia. One option is the use of a mirror. This allows you to see outside of the machine while the scan is taking place, giving you a greater sense of control during the procedure.

At UME Health, our goal is to provide the best possible experience for all of our patients, regardless of their individual needs or concerns. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

What are the advantages of the 3T MRI scan compared to Open MRI?

Higher Resolution Scanning: Our magnets are stronger than open MRI scanners and can easily tell fat and water apart during your scan, which results in higher quality images.

Faster Scanning of Images: Our MRI system surrounds you with higher-powered magnets on all sides, resulting in quicker scanning for targeted areas and fuller images.

Wider Diagnosing Options: Our MRI system can diagnose a wide range of problems due to the strong magnetic field and also can accommodate patients who are claustrophobic and in higher weight body.

What does the Ambient
Experience include?

The Ambient MRI Experience provides patients with an interactive experience, enabling them to choose from different video themes which incorporate music, lighting and imagery inside the room and MRI scanner.

Traditional Scans can cause stress to MRI claustrophobic patients, sometimes leading to inaccurate images due to more patient motion, however, the Ambient Experience makes patients feel more comfortable, and as a result, sit still which often translates to higher quality images.

This environment helps to empower and calm patients.

UME Health Radiology Consultants

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Patient testimonials

Why Choose UME Health Harley Street


Self-Pay Options

We offer self-payment options, and we can provide you with a breakdown of the expenses linked to your treatment.


Fast Scans and Results

We offer exclusive consultations every day at our specialised diagnostic facility and results of scans will be reported and delivered within 2 days.


Local GP Available

In case you're in need of immediate private GP attention, UME Health provides expedited services for the same purpose.


Friendly and Welcoming Staff

At our clinic, we take pride in our friendly and welcoming staff. We want our patients to feel welcome and cared for.

Claustrophobic MRI patients FAQs


Please take a moment to review our frequently asked questions for additional information. We have carefully selected some of the most common questions that patients may have regarding MRI scans, and this section below is designed to help you find the answers you are looking for. Whether you are seeking information about the procedure itself, the preparation needed, or the benefits and risks involved, we have compiled a comprehensive list of questions and answers to provide you with all the information you need to know. So, if you have any uncertainties or queries about patient-friendly MRI scans, we encourage you to explore this section and find the answers you are seeking. If you have any queries not addressed here, feel free to reach out to our team for assistance.


UME Health Patients Reviews

At our clinic, we strive to provide the best possible care to our patients. We are dedicated to ensuring that each patient has a positive treatment experience and receives the best possible care from industry consultants. Our goal is to provide a comfortable and welcoming environment where our patients feel cared for and supported throughout their treatment journey. We value our patient's feedback and are committed to continuously improving our services to meet their needs.

Excellent service,I was there approximately 35-40 minutes early and was taken through for my scan within two minutes of arrival. Great service and staff were very friendly and helpful and explained everything as I went through the scan. Fantastic thanks Alfred
Emily Lynn
Emily Lynn
All I can say is John Rubin is the bees knees.
Karen Revel-Chion
Karen Revel-Chion
Visiting the clinic is a good experience. The staff treat their patients with a perfect mix of friendliness and professionalism.
Bijan Hassanzadeh
Bijan Hassanzadeh
Very attentive, caring and polite. The staff made me feel comfortable and confident that I am in good hands.
Tim Edge
Tim Edge
Efficient, helpful staff. Everything ran smoothly!
Philip Connolly
Philip Connolly
The two people I met this morning Lisa and Anmir were absolutely marvellous. Nothing was too much trouble for them. They were courteous, friendly, very professional and efficient and constantly smiling and making me feel at ease. This would have to rate as the best experience in a medical facility I’ve ever had. Thank you so much to them both. Particularly Anmir ,before I went in the MIR scan machine , he made sure I was comfortable and was an absolute gentleman afterwards.
Kath Blakeman
Kath Blakeman
I could not had had a better experience, Thanks to Russell who made me feel totally at ease, whilst having an MRI on my spine today. Many thanks.

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UME Health, previously known as the Harley Street Diagnostic Centre, is a leading outpatient and diagnostics centre located on Harley Street, offering high-quality imaging services and compassionate patient care.

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