To refer a patient to London Imaging Centre for MRI, Ultrasound, DXA or X-ray you must be a:
GMC registered doctor
Chiropractor, Physiotherapist, Osteopath registered with a governing body in the UK
If you are an allied health professional and wish to refer a patient for X-ray you must first sign an IRMER declaration stating you fully understand the risks of exposing a patient to radiation.
To request a referral pack, simply send your name and postal address through to firstname.lastname@example.org
If it’s only the referral forms you are after, please mention this in your email.
Referring a patient is easy. Start by downloading our referral form here and complete on behalf of your patient. Please provide as much information as possible.
Send the referral to us in one of the following ways:
1. Upload the referral online under ‘referrer booking’
2. Scan and email the form to email@example.com
3. Fax the referral to 020 7631 1604
One of our friendly bookings team will contact your patient to arrange a suitable appointment.
Our referral form is clearly formatted requesting all of the information we need about you and your patient. If you complete every section, it’s difficult to go wrong. However, there are times that our bookings team have needed to return the referral in order to get more information or clarification. This delays your patient, their diagnosis and treatment.
Remember to tick which examination is required, clearly state the region and provide clinical details as to what you are querying and symptoms displayed. These details are used by the reporting Radiologist to formulate the report. Read more about how our Radiologists use your referral here.
At the bottom, your information should be full and complete so we know where to send the report and can contact you in urgent cases.
No, we do not have an open MRI scanner here. Our MRI is a donut shape, open at both ends and in a spacious room. If your patient suffers from claustrophobia or is anxious in small spaces, you should know our radiographers are highly trained to make them feel comfortable and at ease. As a result we have a high success rate with these patients making it through their scans.
Yes, London Imaging Centre offer some MRI scans with contrast to adults over the age of 18 years old. We ensure the highest level of patient safety and always have a doctor on site when administering contrast. Patients over the age of 65 are required to provide a blood test less than a month old showing their creatinine level/eGFR. Patients with history of renal disease or kidney problems are also asked to provide details of their creatinine levels to make sure it is safe for them to receive contrast.
Yes, we welcome children for MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray however age and temperament of the child does need to be considered.
During an MRI scan, a child must be very still and follow the instructions of the radiographer. They must be able to remain calm during the scan – moving, fidgeting or talking will blur the images. A parent is invited to stay in the MRI room with their child during the scan to provide comfort. However in some cases it is more suitable for children to have their MRI at a paediatric hospital. These hospitals are able to administer sedation or anaesthetic where appropriate.
While we do not X-ray babies or small children, we occasionally have child patients for X-ray, and OPG (dental) X-ray in particular.
In contrast, we offer ultrasound services for children and babies of all ages. Our specialist paediatric Consultant Radiologist, Dr Lesley MacDonald has a clinic on a Tuesday Afternoon.
There are no height restrictions when it comes to our MRI scanner, however we are unable to scan a patient who weighs over 130kg/20st/300pounds. Broad shoulders can also prevent a patient from reaching the correct position in the scanner. If in doubt please call us on 020 7467 8800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.