Bournemouth Open Upright MRI services

We’re able to offer what conventional scans can’t, helping you if claustrophobia, flexibility, or breathing are problematic. Whether you’re a patient, healthcare professional, or researcher, find out all you need to know about our service.

Preparing for an MRI

Find out a what to expect during a visit as a Bournemouth Open Upright MRI patient. Who you will see, what happens during the scan. To give you confidence why not read testimonials from our recent patients.  Remember any questions or concerns just get in touch with the MRI team.

Download MRI Patient Information 

Referring patients to MRI

To make a referral, download the form and return by fax or post. (only this form will be accepted).
The healthcare professional / referrer should highlight the number of parts to be scanned on the referral form.  Please do contact us if you feel you would like more clarity.

Download Referral Form

Why choose an Open Upright MRI?

The Open Upright MRI scanner at AECC University College provides an affordable solution for diagnostic imaging for healthcare professionals and patients.

An Open Upright MRI scan can help if your patient suffers from claustrophobia, and enables more flexibility for patients who may not be able to lay completely flat. We highlight below just some of the reasons doctors and healthcare professionals refer their patients to use an open upright MRI scan.

Claustrophobic patients

The experience is much less intimidating than a traditional lie down tunnel MRI scan. The patient can move between scans and see out (front, above and behind). This may be helpful for people who are nervous in closed spaces.

Flexibility issues

Even though it is an upright scanner, scans can still be done lying down. However, even if lying down, the patient does not have to lie straight, making it possible to image arms, legs or spines in bent positions.

Respiratory conditions

Patients with certain respiratory conditions are sometimes not able to lie flat at all and therefore cannot tolerate conventional scanning, but they can sometimes be scanned sitting.

Weight bearing scans

The advantage of being able to do MRI upright is that the effects of gravity can be included in the results of the examination. This allows additional diagnostic information to be obtained. Larger patients may also be better accommodated by an Open Upright MRI scanner.

Diagnostic imaging

We are able to scan almost all areas of the body and can help to diagnose and monitor many medical conditions.

Sports injuries

MRI scans are often used to investigate sports injuries, especially to the spine, knee and ankle. Although elite athletes are referred, this mainly applies to recreational sportspeople who have had injuries that are not clearing up.

Open MRI scanner costs

The following scans are available at AECC University College's Bournemouth Open Upright MRI. 

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

The open upright scanner service is a self-pay service. This means that the patient pays before their scan. 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. 

There is a fixed rate for open upright MRI scans. 
Each part costs: £320.00

Additional charges will apply for weight bearing costs.

Get in Touch

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

In the first instance, please call us on 01202 436276Alternatively send us an enquiry using the form below.

Should you wish to refer a patient to Bournemouth Open Upright MRI, please download a referral form and fax this to us on 01202 422009. Note: we are unable to accept referrals via email.  

Download Referral form

Bournemouth Open Upright MRI Enquiry

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