Harley Street private open MRI for claustrophobia

If you experience claustrophobia and are worried about getting an MRI, we understand and want to make sure you have a comfortable experience. Our facility has advanced MRI machines that are designed to be patient-friendly and less confining. They are more open and have dynamic lighting and sound elements that can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation during the procedure. Our staff is highly trained and experienced in helping patients manage their fears. They will provide continuous support throughout the entire process, and you can even have someone sit with you in the MRI room if that makes you more comfortable. Our open MRI options are a great alternative to traditional MRI machines for those who struggle with claustrophobia. We also offer a special mirror that allows you to see outside the machine while you are getting the scan. If you are concerned about claustrophobia during an MRI, we have options available to help you feel at ease.

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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.

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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


Welcome to our patient-friendly MRI for claustrophobia FAQ section! 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.


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 patients' feedback and are committed to continuously improving our services to meet their needs.

sharon wallis
sharon wallis
Very pleased they were able to fit me in so quickly. Easy place to find, and very comfortable surroundings. The 2 technicians were ver6 kind and made me feel very relaxed.
David Young
David Young
I visited Lumen for a full screening in November 2023. I chose the Lumen because for the last fifteen years I have had regular MRI assessments with Dr Garry Savin at his previous practice. Therefore, it was imperative that I visited his fabulous new clinic. Lumen have the most state of the art technology in the world of preventative medicine but my reason for choosing the clinic was because it is run by Dr Savin. Machines are machines but the difference with Lumen is the man behind the machines - that is the key - and Dr Savin is that difference. That is the reason why I've followed him to his Harley street clinic. Lumen offers a state of the art service that is in a league of its own. If you are able to take up the opportunity to have a screening you won't regret it and should there be any issues the diligent on going support is amazing and couldn't be bettered. When you buy a car it isn't just the vehicle you judge it is also the after sales service - Dr Savin's I would suggest is second to none. Lumen as a clinic is amazing. Dr Savin and his team provide a service that makes you feel relaxed, informed and cared for from the moment you arrive. His wonderful colleague Natalie Boden steers you through the day from assessment to assessment, with Dr Savin reviewing your every move. The location in Harley Street couldn't be more convenient, the building luxurious and the team ultra efficient. If you are wondering who should do your preventative assessment then I would say choose Lumen because you will get the most advanced technology alongside good old fashioned GP care. Lumen is the best and you won't regret choosing it for your screening. If you run a successful business perhaps you could provide for your staff a screening at Lumen? I'm sure they would be forever grateful and you never know you may just save a life! Finally, I would be very happy to provide further references on Dr Savin and Lumen if required. Please approach Lumen and ask for the person who provided this review.
Adel Ekladios
Adel Ekladios
Great place. Spacious, clean, welcoming and friendly reception. The site is equipped with an up-to-date equipment.
Nigel Lowndes
Nigel Lowndes
The staff are so friendly and work as team
Valentina Santo
Valentina Santo
I highly recommend 17 Harley Street clinic, Doctor Nazir and all his team
Sol Downes
Sol Downes
I sought the help of PODOGO in June this year. After reading about Consultant Mr. Nazir background on the website, I thought that he would be the ideal person to investigate my problem; which was an ongoing foot injury that had been previously misdiagnosed by the NHS.Upon first meeting Mr. Nazir, it was very apparent that he was incredibly perspicacious in relation to his field, which was displayed by the way he was able to identify where my pain was, and his explanation of what could have been the root cause.This placed me at immeditate ease, by feeling he was more than capable to deal with my problem, of which I had suffered with for well over a decade with.Mr. Nazir very quickly identified what he suspected to be the problem, and arranged for a scan to be done. The scanned confirmed his suspicions that the injury was a fracture to my 5th metertasal bone, and that the tendon had been damaged, resulting in a full detachment.After carefully listening to the options Mr. Nazir suggested to fix my injury, I decided to go ahead with surgery, which was to remove a large piece of damaged bone, and reattach the damaged tendon.After suffering for a number of years, I placed my trust in Mr. Nazir to assist me in hopefully getting my full mobility back, and to be pain free, as this injury had had a serious impact on my overall health, for a considerable number of years. In my view, he has more than delivered on what he said he could.The day of the surgery was an absolute breeze, and all the staff that supported me, were also so professional by providing exceptional care.I am now approximately 8 weeks post op, and my foot has never felt so good, all my pain has gone away, and I am making great progress now, including being able to walk without any pain.To say I am surprised and elated at the success of the operation, would be an understatement.I am extremely grateful to Dr. Nazir for his extremely fast prognosis, diagnosis and successful treatment.I would highly recommend anyone to see Consultant Nazir, should they be in need of any foot related problem.
Michelle Eggleston
Michelle Eggleston
Really impressed with service here. Went for an MRI appointment. Staff were welcoming and friendly, made me feel less anxious and very speedy. Would recommend to anyone.
Debra Vercammen
Debra Vercammen
Felt very safe and well cared for

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UME Health, previously known as the Harley Street Clinic 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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