MRI

Our team of Radiologists and Radiographers at the Mater Private Hospital Dublin are experts in obtaining and interpreting magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). We have a broad range of expertise among our 15 Consultants which enables us to provide high quality subspecialist imaging of all body regions. All studies are reported by Consultant Radiologists and most studies are reported the same day of the examination.
 
At the Mater Private Dublin we provide a full range of MRI services including:
 
MRI of the spine (cervical, thoracic, lumbar) and bony pelvis 
MRI of the bone and joints (e.g. shoulder, knee, ankle) including MRI arthrography
MRI of the abdomen or pelvis (e.g. liver, kidneys, ovaries)
MRI of the breast
MRI angiography (e.g. head, neck, abdomen, extremities)
MRI of the heart (cardiac MRI)
 

Each of our MRI services can be found on our Dublin services page. Here you will find a detailed description of each, along with recommendations as to when a particular patient might benefit from that type of MRI examination.

Patients with pacemakers, certain aneurysm clips/coils, or other metallic, mechanical, electrical and electrically conductive devices may not be able to have an MRI scan. If you have any questions with regards to a particular metal device feel free to call our Radiology Department on 01 885 8172 / 74.

If your patient suffers from claustrophobia, or you feel may not be able to easily tolerate the study due to anxiety, you should consider prescribing a mild sedative for use during the scan.

Some examinations require the intravenous administration of a contrast agent called gadolinium. In general the MRI team will decide if contrast is needed for the examination. If the patient does require gadolinium contrast we may contact you for a recent renal profile blood test result.

There are several options available for booking a scan at the Mater Private:
 
Online: On each services page you will find a request an appointment button on the right hand side of your screen. This will automatically email our team with your request. A member of the team will then be in touch to arrange a suitable date and time.
 
Email: An email can be sent to the team at xraymri@materprivate.ie
 
Phone: You can call us on  01 885 8173 / 01 885 8461 
 
Fax: You can fax a referral to 01 885 8282
Once an examination has been booked an appointment letter will be posted to the patient. In this letter we will include a patient information leaflet with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the examination. This content can also be found on our website. At the Mater Private Dublin we can generally accommodate MRI requests within two weeks of booking.
 
There is no specific preparation for most types of MRI. Abdominal MRI examinations may require that the patient take nothing orally 4-6 hours prior to their appointment. If this is the case, we will include instructions in the appointment letter. Most examinations last approximately 30 minutes but can sometimes take longer. The patient will be able to leave immediately following the examination and will be given a disc containing the images from the scan.
 
A Consultant Radiologist will interpret the study and dictate the report the same day for most examinations. The report will be posted to the referring Physician that day or the next.
 
 

At the Mater Private Hospital, we have a number of direct settlement agreements in place with the various insurance companies:

  • MRI is fully covered by Aviva, GLO, GMA and ESB (majority of plans covered)
  • VHI cover with consultant referral only
A patient's level of cover will be discussed with them at the time of booking their appointment. Our insurance advisors will be happy to check a patient's level of cover at the Mater Private Hospital with their particular plan. 
 
Our insurance helpline is available on 01 885 8177.  
 
Alternatively you can email xrayaccounts@materprivate.ie.
 
In the event that your patient is not covered by his/her private health insurance, they will be advised on the cost of the scan at the time of booking.