The Harley Street Medical Centre is the only facility to offer private open MRI scans for cardiac imaging in the UK.
We also provide a comprehensive range of outpatient diagnostic testing. Our areas of expertise include assessing patients with chest pain, heart failure and suspected disturbances of heart rhythm. We also screen for cardiovascular disease.
If you require a clear picture of your heart for diagnosis, then a Cardiac MRI could be right for you – we can even produce your scan with our Open MRI.
A cardiac MRI scan provides a clear image of the heart’s structure – the muscles, chambers and valves – to assess how well it’s pumping. We can also check for structural problems, such as congenital heart disease, post-heart attack damage and age related wear and tear. It is also a useful way of checking how much healthy heart muscle is remaining after heart failure.
MRI scans can also be used to check the blood supply to your heart, which can help to diagnose coronary heart disease or reduced blood flow to the heart e.g. angina.
If you would like to visit the Harley Street Medical Centre for a Cardiac MRI, please ask your physician for a referral.
If your cardiologist thinks it’s unlikely that you have coronary heart disease, but feels that there might be some other cause for your heart or chest problems, a CT scan can be used to rule things out.
A CT scan is different to an MRI, because it takes multiple pictures of the heart from different angles. Your doctor will then be able to view these photos on his computer. The clarity of those images is based on the number of detectors that are in place – the more detectors used, the higher the quality of scan. Here at the Harley Street Medical Centre, we have the greatest number of detectors possible – 64. This aids your doctor in making an accurate diagnosis.
This is a test used to measure the blood flow through the coronary arteries. A CT coronary angiogram is similar to the standard test, in that we will inject an iodine-based dye into your bloodstream to produce a clear scan of the blood vessels.
If your doctor can’t explain what’s causing your symptoms then it might be worth having your arteries checked for calcified or hardened plaques. A CT scan will give you a ‘calcium score’ of low, moderate or high.
If you are unsure about a heart condition and would like to rule out coronary heart disease, a Cardiac CT could be the logical next step. Ask your doctor for a referral.
An electrocardiogram (ECG) is a painless and quick test – it takes less than a minute – that is used to measures the heart’s electrical activity. This test is often used to assess whether or not you have had a heart attack and to search for evidence of a previous heart attack, as the results can tell you whether there has been any damage to the muscle. It may also detect changes to the rhythm of your heart or anything unusual about the signals.
What to expect: An ECG can look more daunting than it is, because electrodes are placed on your wrists, ankles and chest. However, it’s a completely painless and quick test, during which you can lie back and relax. Your doctor will then be sent the results, which appear as a series of waves.
An ECG is a useful test to perform, particularly if you expect you may have suffered a heart attack. If you would like to book an appointment, please ask your doctor for a referral.
If you’re suffering from heart palpitations, it’s unlikely that we will capture them during a scan appointment. Instead, we will fit a Holter monitor, which is a battery-operated gadget that records the activity of your heart for 24, 48 or 72 hour periods. Occasionally a Holter reveals an abnormality that needs treatment.
How it works: We fit electrodes to your chest, which are attached to wires that are taped down. You will then be given a portable recorder, which is small enough to wear on a belt around your waist. This Holter is completely painless and you can continue living your life as before – just don’t take it in the shower! When the test is finished, we will invite you back to the centre, where the results will be analysed by your consultant.
If you’ve been having heart palpitations and would like to investigate the cause, please ask your doctor for a referral.
"The service I received was more than exceptional, my needs were accommodated and my fear of claustrophobia was managed by using the fantastic Open MRI machine. I was treated with dignity at all times"
"Thank you to all staff members who assisted me during my visit, my experience was pleasant and I would happily visit Harley Street Medical Centre again"
"The whole patient journey was exceptional, I felt extremely comfortable and at ease during my scan"
"The staff were extremely patient and empathetic during my MRI scan, the thoughtfulness was greatly appreciated and admired"