An MRI of the brain can be very useful to determine any damage from a head injury, developmental anomalies, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, infection, hormonal abnormalities, brain tumours, or the cause of persistent headaches or migraines.

A brain scan , also known as a brain MRI, is also referred to as Head MRI or Cranial MRI. There are many reasons why your doctor may request an MRI for brain scan . It is absolutely natural to feel nervous about what results may be found, but please keep in mind that it is necessary to identify or rule out any infection, injury or disease that may require immediate medical attention.  Undergoing a brain scan in the UK is completely safe. The procedure is non-invasive and does not require the patient to stay in hospital.

Your doctor will refer you for a brain scan if you have the following conditions, or manifest the following signs and symptoms:

  • Involved in an accident
  • Suffered blow or injury to the head
  • Suffered from stroke
  • Previously diagnosed with cancer
  • Seizures
  • Chronic migraines, headaches, and dizziness
  • Blurred vision or visual impairment, most especially if sudden
  • Loss of hearing or ringing in the ears
  • Loss of any of the other four senses
  • Significantly altered behaviour
  • Abrupt loss of memory and other cognitive abilities
  • Loss of motor abilities
  • Difficulty speaking

In many cases, an MRI brain scan is also used to investigate, rule out or confirm the diagnosis of the following conditions:-

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Although a brain scan PTSD is not required for the clinical diagnosis of this condition, an MRI scan becomes useful in examining how key brain structures change over time which, in turn, translates to changes in cognitive functions and outward behaviours.
  • Dementia. A brain scan for dementia reveals loss of brain mass, and is an aid indifferential diagnosis to confirm conditions such as Alzheimer’s Disease.
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS). An MRI of the brain will also be able to capture lesions which indicate MS.
  • Cancer. Cysts and tumours inside the brain can be captured by MRI scanning, including tiny ones that a CT scan will likely miss.
  • Various infections or injury of the cerebrum, cerebellum, brainstem, inner ears, and other structures and soft tissues located in the head.

How much does brain scan cost ? The procedure is typically covered by private medical insurance. For self-paying patients, a brain scan in a private hospital may cost between £200 and £500. The use of special contrast dyes may be required in some cases which will add £100-£200 to your bill.

There are different brain scan types that are useful when examining brain health and activity, including underlying structures and soft tissues surrounding it. A functional MRI scan (fMRI) will be particularly useful if your physician would like to examine brain activity and measure the rate of blood flow to your brain. Compared to a CT scan, a brain scan MRI provides more detailed images of specific regions and cross-section of the brain. Thus, any anomalies, such as abnormal structures, nerve blockages, bleeding, or fluids, can be better seen and identified with a brain MRI scan.

Depending on the symptoms you exhibit and the anomalies being investigated, your doctor may refer you for an MRI scan alongside other body imaging procedures such as an Electroencephalography (EEG), which can capture brain activity, and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), which permits brain processes to be examined.




£199for brain

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • *Free* Radiologist Report Within 7 days


£249for brain

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • Sub-Specialist Radiologist Report
    Within 2 working days

Why do I need a sub-specialist radiologist report?

A report by a sub-specialist means that the radiologist reporting on your scan is knowledgeable in the body area you are having scanned.


£299for brain

  • Same-day MRI appointment
    (subject to availability)
  • Bring a chaperone (family/friend)
  • Bring music of your choice (CD)
  • Double Specialist Radiologist Report
    Within 2 working days

    Why do I need a double specialist radiologist report?

    A double report means that your MRI results will be examined by 2 consultant radiologists, who will compile 2 individual reports with their findings. This is especially helpful if you are looking for a second opinion.