Newcastle Clinic offer Open MRI Scanning, Ultrasound and X Ray.

We are open to Every Body including private patients and NHS patients who are claustrophobic or obese.

Boasting the only Open MRI Scanner in the North East of England, Cumbria and Scotland, Newcastle Clinic is proud to offer the very best and latest in diagnostic imaging equipment

If you are a patient attending for an MRI scan of your brain, knee, spine, abdomen or any other part of your body, you can rest assured that our open MRI scanner will provide a more comfortable and relaxing environment than a closed MRI scanner. Our services also include X-Ray imaging, Ultrasound and Image Intensifying.

At Newcastle Clinic, we strive to exceed expectations and our high standards have been recognised by the Care Quality Commission (formerly Health Care Commission) enabling us to receive certification by them and have done so since 2004.

Newcastle Clinic is a private hospital and provides private MRI Scanning and diagnostic imaging facilities.We also accept NHS referrals for patients who are claustrophobic, of large build, frail or anxious.

The benefits of our open MRI scanner

No enclosed tube so it’s claustrophobic friendly

Suited to large patients

You can have a relative hold your hand throughout

Fast appointments

Less noise than a closed MRI scan

Free Parking

Compare an Open MRI Scanner with a Closed MRI Scanner

Traditional MRI Scanner


A traditional MRI Scanner, as found in most hospitals, has an opening just 60cm wide and the tube surrounds the whole patient. It leaves very little room for anyone of a larger-than-average build, and the experience of being surrounded by the tube can be very claustrophobic and unnerving.

Open MRI at Newcastle Clinic


The open MRI Scanner at Newcastle Clinic is more than double the width of a traditional scanner and as it has no walls, it is completely open for the patient to see everything around them at all times. This provides a much more comfortable experience for patients who may be anxious or claustrophobic. Our open scanner also produces a lot less noise than a traditional MRI scanner and provides a much more relaxing experience.

‘Wide Bore’ MRI Scanner


A ‘Wide Bore’ MRI Scanner is slightly wider than a traditional MRI scanner, with a 72cm-wide opening that allows slightly more space for the patient. These are available in a limited number of hospitals across the UK. However, this is still not wide enough for obese patients, and still creates a claustrophobic experience.

"To Sharon and all the team, particularly the radiography gentleman in glasses. Your patience and humour were much appreciated. Got my diagnosis today, relief overwhelming. Shall recommend you to all. Keep up the good work! "

− Happy Newcastle Clinic Customer

"To Ken and all the staff, Thank You so much for helping me through a difficult day. Sorry I was a wimp! Kindest Regards."

− Happy Newcastle Clinic Customer