Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanning

This is a summary of the Devon commissioning policy for Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanning

Please note the nearest provider for Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging is Cheltenham.

Referral

Referral Criteria

Referral for open MRI scanning of greater than 0.5T as an alternative to conventional MRI in secondary care is commissioned only for:

  • patients who suffer from claustrophobia where an oral prescription sedative has not been effective (flexibility in the route of sedative administration may be required in paediatric patients as oral prescription may not be appropriate)

or

  • patients who are obese or cannot fit comfortably in conventional MRI scanners

Standing, upright, weight-bearing or positional MRI will not be commissioned.

Exceptionality

Patients who are not eligible for treatment under this policy may be considered for exceptionality on an individual basis.

Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanning

Supporting Information

Patient Information

Individual Funding Request (IFR)

Date of publication: November 2011

This commissioning decision was adopted by Northern, Eastern and Western

Devon CCG and South Devon and Torbay CCG on 1 April 2013, having been

originally agreed by the previous commissioning organisation.

This policy has been adopted from Northern, Eastern and Western Devon CCG

and South Devon and Torbay CCG by NHS Devon CCG from 1 April 2019

 

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