Useful Info

Southscan MRI

Is it safe?

MRI Scanning has been used in medical practice for over 40 years. There are no known serious side effects.

However there are certain patients that are not suitable for MRI Scanning-these include patients who:

  • Have a cardiac pace maker
  • Have had surgery to treat a cerebral aneurysm
  • Have had a cochlear (ear ) implant
  • Have had metallic implant within the last 6 to 8 weeks
  • Have any programmable devices inserted in your body

Patients will be asked to fill out a safety questionnaire on arrival for their scan.

If you have worked with metal you will need an X-ray of your eyes prior to your scan to make sure it is safe to proceed.

How do I book an appointment?

Referrals are usually sent in by either your GP, or Consultant.

We will contact you by telephone in the first instance, and if unsuccessful by letter, to arrange a suitable time.

We ask that you attend 30mins before your allocated time to allow for necessary paper work (Safety checklist/Insurance details etc.) to be completed.

Please advise us if you know that you are claustrophobic, or are pregnant.

Southscan MRI

On the day of your scan:

  • It helps if you dress appropriately i.e. wear comfortable loose clothing without metal zips/buttons.
  • On arrival to reception, you will be asked to fill out safety checklist and complete insurance forms or settle the cost of the scan if uninsured.
  • A radiographer will address any safety issues or concerns that you have prior to setting you up for your scan.
  • You may be asked to undress - we have a changing room within the scanning unit, and you can leave your possessions there.
  • You cannot bring any metallic items e.g. (watch, mobile phone, credit cards etc.) into the scan room.
  • The scanner is very loud whilst scanning so ear protection is necessary.
  • An emergency buzzer is given to enable you to stop the scan if at any stage you feel you cannot continue with the scan.
  • We have an intercom, so we can communicate with you throughout the duration of the scan.
  • Scan times vary considerably, but will last between 10 and 30 minutes depending on what part of the body we are looking at.
  • It is sometimes necessary to give an injection of a contrast agent to further enhance the image quality.
  • After your scan is complete you will be free to go, and a report will be issued to your doctor within 24-48 hours.
  • A CD of your scan images will be provided to you free of charge on the day.
  • However, should it be necessary to provide you with another set of images at a later date, a charge of €20 will apply.

Freedom of Information

Southscan MRI complies with its responsibility to provide patients with details of their clinical record if requested.


To request an MRI scan you can fax the request to 021-5005699 or contact us at:

Prices for MRI Scans

We currently have direct payment facility with VHI, IRISH LIFE, AVIVA, GMA (Garda Medical Aid), POMA (Prison Officers Medical Aid) and ESB Medical.

If you have no medical insurance the following prices apply

1 area e.g. knee, brain etc €200
2 area’s €350

All scans are reported on by very experienced on site Radiologists, who will communicate any urgent report directly to your referrer on the day.

Reports are routinely available within 24-48 Hours.