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When Scans and Imaging May Be Required

Further Imaging, if clinically relevant, may include MRI, CT, Diagnostic Ultrasound and Plain Film Radiographs.

There are times when further imaging may be deemed necessary for example, after a full assessment and consultation, (including physical examination, deep tendon reflexes, muscle and sensation, pathological reflex, cranial nerve testing and more). Or, if indicated at anytime throughout course of care. There are different types of imaging and scans that may be more useful in terms of findings, depending on each individual and the condition.


Why refer patients for a MRI scan rather than a CT scan?

MRI scans give greater detail of tissue structures of the brain, spinal cord, and musculoskeletal system than CT, without exposing the patient to large doses of ionising radiation.

When does a patient require an MRI scan?

There are a wide variety of pathologies for which an MRI scan would be of diagnostic and Therapeutic value, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Most spinal conditions/injuries
  • Head and neck
  • Most ailments of the brain, including tumors and dementias
  • Neurology
  • Vascular abnormalities of the kidneys
  • Ailments of the gastro-intestinal tract
  • Certain ear, nose and throat (ENT) conditions
  • Soft tissue and bone tumours
  • Temperomandibular dysfunction
  • Breast
How long does an MRI scan take?

There a diverse range of MRI scans and the services are efficient: The total time patients spend in most imaging centers during a single region is up to an hour. This involves registering, having a consultation with a radiographer – where the process will be explained and questions can be asked – and the MRI performed.

On your report visit we explain what we found and how we may be able to help you.

Which patients are unable to have an MRI scan?

Due to the powerful magnetic field of an MRI scan, certain individuals cannot be scanned. A patient must not have an MRI scan if they have:

  • A cardiac (heart) pacemaker
  • Clips in the head from brain operations, ie aneurysm clips
  • A cochlear (ear) implant
  • A metallic foreign body in the patient’s eye
  • A programmable shunt for hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)
  • If you are pregnant

A Quality Service

The quality of most MRI Centres service is recognised by all major insurers including BUPA, AXA PPP and WPA.

Some of the closest Private MRI clinics to Croydon Sports Injury Clinic Ltd include:

  • Vista Diagnostics, next to Waterloo station, open 7 days a week, 8am-8pm with state of the art equipmentin a comfortable environment. Fax: 0845 450 2171 Phone: 0845 450 2171
  • London Imaging Centre, close to Bond Street and Oxford Circus tube stations. Open Monday – Sunday between 8am – 8pm, Lister House, 11-12, Wimpole Street, London, W1G 9ST. Call: 020 7467 8800 Email:
  • Shirley Oaks Hospital, Poppy Lane, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 8AB , BMI Shirley Oaks. Call: 0208 655 5500

Need Help?

If you are anxious about scans and imaging, or you need an advice, please do not hesitate to ask more information. Call our chiropractors and health professionals who are always willing to help.


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