mri report cost

Do you mind me asking how much anyone paid for copy of their mri report? I’ve just been told (after requesting it 3+weeks ago) that it will be £50 before I can have a copy not scan itself on disc just report! ! I thought this seemed a bit steep.

I think that is about right. It is steep though

Just a thought - something i have been considering:

for about the same cost you can get full access to all your medical records. Not sure mri report would be included in that, but maybe worth checking out? i find it a bit daunting to consider looking at all my records, but also sometimes i do think about it, in case I’ve forgotten / not been informed of things that might be relevant.


Thats what surprised me about the cost as when I filled the form in it said price ranged from about £10 (if computer held notes) upwards more for written filed notes up to a maximum of £50 for full records so as it was only one computer held report thought it would be lower than that! !

My gp gave me a print out of my brain scan report…is that what your talking about?

I paid £15 for a copy of my NHS MRI scan from one hospital and £10 from another who outsource it.

Yes but gp hasn’t got full report just brief neuro comment

There used to be a right to see your records for free within 42 days of an appointment.

This has now been quietly slipped out of the NHS Constitution, but it is worth keeping in mind (since some staff may not know that the 42 day bit has gone). The “right to see your records” remains.
Most MRIs are saved to computer and the fee of about £15 covers the cost of the software to view the images - interpreting them is your problem - the CD with them on, and the time of the staff member who puts them on.

Search for the NHS Constitution on the web - it is in three parts: Constitution, Handbook, and Appendix. Seems to be the sort of thing you have to download regularly as it may well change.


The copy gp gave me, was written by the radiologist. Stating multiple demyelinating lesions and where in my brain they are.

That was enough info for me.

Yep that’s what I was after Blossom the radiology report as I wanted to take it to appt with another specialist I have coming up (in case they want to see it). Just double checked and the form I filled in definitely said £10 maximum for copy of a report held on computer keep phoning them to query it but no answer. Sorry have realised hitting anon on my phone screen when trying to hit post lol

I get on well with my gp… .she was happy to print off a copy for me. Can you ask your gp arwen?

I asked them they haven’t got it cos they printed off blood results for me to take. All I got was a letter to say mri was clear just wasn’t sure if the person I’m seeing would want to see full report or not hence requested it. . Not going to bother at £50 though lol

You gotta laugh really. What happened to all this fuss about technology linking all the hospitals and gp’s in the uk so all departments would have access to patients results etc…what a joke!!!

Oh I know, definitely isn’t happening as yet even a trip to a&e means taking list of meds allergies etc as its not linked to gp X

You don’t know the half of it, Blossom.
Way back in the late 1990s, my department had a PhD student working on the basis for networking GP Surgeries with Hospitals.He set up a dummy network linking a local surgery and a local hospital, and I was advising him on how to set up an experiment to test it. The network worked but the system failed - the GP had no time to enter the required data. A few years later that nice Mr Blair announced this wonderful new system (of course no-one bothered to look at the published results of the guy’s work).
A few years later, my GP was scathing about this wonderful new system that the government had dumped on them.
A couple of years later on, I needed a neurologist in a hurry. The system produced one only 40 miles away with a six week waiting list. When I rang the hospital involved their attitude was a great big laugh - because the wait was 12-16 weeks.They did tell me why (part of it was that no-one had updated the system).
Now, we have that nice Mr Cameron and a new wonderful system which is running at least a year behind (and I have heard some NHS professionals suggesting that it will never work as announced).

When it comes to IT systems, the government (any government) does not know its collective mouses from its collective elbows.


Maybe it would help if each department had there own designated IT department. I know Geoff…I being naive :slight_smile:

Expert!! That should have said

One of my friends was working on the previous incarnation of the system when the government contracted 2 big companies to do the work, so they were not relying one just one company. Trouble is they built such different systems despite the same specifications that apparently they couldn’t speak to each other! One company was sacked costing billions, and later the whole project was canned costing billions more. Think of all the refused medication (by NICE) that could have been bought with that budget!

There is a school of thought (have to watch what I say here) that one very large IT Company always gets the very large government contracts, because they are the only fim with experience of handling very large contracts. The fact that none of its contracts had ever delivered was not taken into consideration. Fit that into the experience of puddinglover’s friend, and you can see how these things go.

Another anecdote:
Some years back I was involved in a project to develop two pieces of software for a government department. The project manager (from industry) could not understand why we wanted to test each piece for interoperability with the other, and would only then write up the specification for each one. His idea was that you wrote the specification first, and then built the software to meet the specification. I asked what would then happen if the specification was wrong - and the response was along the lines of “Who cares, as long as the product meets the specification”.

My Uni taught an approach of “Make it work first” (otherwise known as Rapid Application Development). We resisted all pressure to generate a specification; when someone else was tasked to write one, we took great pleasure in pointing out that it was so far out of date that it was a total joke. So another one was produced and that one was out of date as well. The software went on to be used world wide. I don’t know if the specification ever caught up. but I do know that the two out-of-date versions cost the Department concerned a lot of money.