Bournemouth Open Upright MRI

One of a few Open Upright MRI scanners in the country. We offer what conventional scans can’t. From providing patients with claustrophobia and mobility issues a specialist environment to be scanned in, to being able to take weight bearing scans, the benefits to open upright MRI are countless. Whether you’re a patient, healthcare professional, or researcher, our friendly MRI team is here to help.

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Opening Times

We are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm


To make an appointment you will need to be referred by your GP or healthcare professional. If you are a GP or healthcare professional please complete our referral form and we will get in touch with your patient to arrange an appointment.

Download referral form

Get in touch

For any questions or to speak to the team please call 01202 436276. Alternatively, you can complete our enquiry form at the bottom of this page.

Give us a call: 01202 436276

How to find us

We're located in the chiropractic clinic at AECC University College (behind the main AECC building.) There’s free parking onsite (please use car park 2) and on the roads around the campus.

Our address:

Bournemouth Open Upright MRI
Parkwood Campus
Parkwood Road

What Three Words

Our What3Words address is ///bottle.secret.echo which is more specific that our postcode. You can enter it into the free what3words app, or desktop map to find us hassle-free.


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What is MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce images of the inside of your body. Conventional scanners - those you’ll see in most hospitals - take these images while you lie down in an enclosed tube. An Open Upright MRI Scanner is completely open and allows for a much wider variety of scanning positions. This makes it appealing to those with mobility issues, claustrophobia, and also allowing scanning of weight bearing positions.

MRI is a very safe procedure which millions of people undergo every year. You’ll hear some noises while the scanner works, but you won’t feel a thing.


All our scans must be paid beforehand. We are happy to accept insured patients where funding has been previously arranged. Please note there will be an administration fee, if we need to share information.

Each part of the body has a fixed rate of: £320.00*

Additional charges will apply for weight bearing/ positional scans.

The following scans are available:

  • Lumbar spine
  • Cervical spine
  • Thoracic spine
  • Shoulders
  • Elbows
  • Wrist and hand
  • Knees
  • Foot and ankle
  • Brain

*Price Update

We're reviewing our prices to simplify and align the cost of our services. From January 2nd 2023 some services will be different. Please refer to our complete price list to see the changes.

What to expect when you visit

When you arrive please head to the main clinic reception, located in Car Park 2 (behind the main AECC building.) Reception staff will show you the waiting area where we will come to collect you from.

The first thing we tell our patients is that there are no known risks of MRI scanning and it is considered to be very safe. There are some standard safety checks that we will take you through before your scan and then we will take you through to the MRI room

Your examination will be carried out by qualified MRI Radiographers. Depending on which part of the body we are scanning this can take up to one hour. The Consultant Radiologist, who specialises in reading scans, will then send a report to your doctor or healthcare professional within 7 days.

There are no known side-affects to MRI so afterwards you will be perfectly fine to drive, return to your day as necessary.

For more information on what to expect please refer to the FAQs below or you can download our preparing for an MRI guide.

Preparing for an MRI

Open Upright MRI FAQs


Hear from our patients and service users

Woman having an ultrasound scan

My Chiropractor referred me to AECC a few years back for an ultrasound scan. Thanks to them, I was finally able to get my GP to listen when I repeatedly said something wasn't right with my hip. X-rays, MRI, CT, Physiotherapy and a referral to a specialist all happened thanks to that initial scan at AECC

Holly Marie White



Get in Touch

Want to know more about our Bournemouth Open Upright MRI scanner and services, or need to ask a question?

Please send us an enquiry using the form at the base of this page.



Should you wish to refer a patient to Bournemouth Open Upright MRI, please download a referral form and return to us via Egress secure email (a service you need to sign up for) to, by Fax (01202 418793) or by post
Download Referral form

Bournemouth Open Upright MRI Enquiry

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