St James' Hospital specialist MRI scans

Please note only the following scans will be fully covered at this specialist hospital;

MRI Description



MRI of Head, includes orbits, (including MRI if performed)


MRI of whole spine (cervical, thoracic and lumbar); for investigation and monitoring of combined upper and lower limb radiculopathy or combined upper and lower limb neurological signs, spinal cord compression (in the setting of known bone metastasis or polytrauma) or spinal cord abnormality


MRI of the Musculoskeletal system


Magnetic resonance cholangiopancreatography


MRI of the Cardiovascular System (including MRA if performed)


MRI of Abdomen


MR Enterography/Enteroclysis


MRI of Breast

Conditions of Payment for procedure code 7059

Benefit for procedure code 7059 is only available for the following clinical indications:

  • For the detection of breast cancer – where mammogram and/or ultrasound are negative for pathology but there continues to be a high index of clinical suspicion (e.g. in persons with inherited BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations)
  • For pre operative evaluation of patients with invasive lobular carcinoma
  • For pre operative evaluation of patients with multi-focal or multi-centric disease and age less than 40 years
  • To rule out intra-capsular implant rupture following assessment by a breast or plastic surgeon, where breast ultrasound is equivocal or non-diagnostic



MRI of Body for MR staging of rectal, prostate, cervical & endometrial cancer


MRI of Body for further investigation and monitoring of malignant soft tissue tumours for diagnosing and staging


MRI of Body for further investigation of congenital uterine or anorectal abnormality