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At Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Sligo the next generation of MRI scanning is now available through our partnership with Alliance Medical.

MRI Scan Centre at Kingsbridge Private Hospital

The Kingsbridge Private Hospital in Sligo now offers one of the most advanced clinical MRI scan facilities in Ireland with the ability to scan all areas including Neurology, MSK, Abdominal and Cardiac.

The combination of the latest scanning technology, five star facilities and comprehensive scanning service options places our Diagnostic Centre at the forefront of private MRI scanning and imaging in Ireland.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Technology

Alliance Medical is pleased to announce the installation of a state of the art 1.5T MRI Scanner which utilises the ground-breaking AIR™ Coil Technology to enhance patient comfort and experience at the Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo. 

Kingsbridge Hospital Sligo is now part of Alliance Medical’s network of 32 Diagnostic Imaging Centres Nationwide, where patient centred services are driven by quality and patient care.

The state of the art 1.5T Philips Ingenia MRI scanner is currently one of the most advanced clinical units in Ireland with the ability to scan all areas including Neurology, MSK, Abdominal and Cardiac.

This NEW MRI Scanner will provide superior scanning services, fast appointments and which is accessible to everyone throughout Sligo and neighbouring counties in the North West of Ireland.

The investment in this scanner, by Alliance Medical, brings the latest in MRI technology to Sligo.  

The new MRI is a wide bore scanner and along with the unique AIR™ Coil Technology and faster scan times creates a much better scan experience for all patients especially for children and those who suffer from claustrophobia, whilst providing superior image quality. 

Our Head and Spine coil also has the unique ability to tilt allowing maximum comfort for patients with kyphosis and those unable to lay flat.

By providing better patient outcomes through increased patient comfort, reduced scan times and high image quality, Alliance Medical will deliver much needed diagnostic services to the people of Sligo and the North West Ireland Region.

Resulting in faster diagnosis - The Clinician can go right to the pathology and figure out what’s wrong thus giving the possible outcome for the patient. 

Prof Martin Graves University of Cambridge UK – ‘For patients who find it difficult to tolerate MRI, this scanner reduces scan times, allowing us to scan patients from whom we previously wouldn’t be able to get any useful data.’ 

Importantly, enabling access to faster diagnosis of medical conditions can assist Doctors and clinicians to achieve better outcomes for the patient. 

Clinically all of our coils incorporate Philips-exclusive direct digital technology; allowing higher resolutions while maintaining crystal clear images.

MRI emits no radiation and has no known detrimental effects on the patient. It is a quick, safe painless procedure.

MRI Scanning Services Offers:

MRI provides clear, detailed images for a variety of pathology and soft tissue injures. Including but not exhaustive:

  • Neurological Imaging: MRI head and brain scan for hearing loss, MS, epilepsy, cause of headaches etc
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging: Knee, Neck, Shoulder and Back MRI scan for muscle injuries, ligament damage, labral tears, sprains and joint problems etc
  • Sports Injury: Muscle trauma, inflammation, sports hernia, neurological problems, spinal problems, vascular problems, soft tissue abdominal/pelvic pathology, bowel problems, ENT conditions
  • Abdominal MRI Scan and Imaging: For liver problems, kidney problems, gallstones, Crohn's Disease etc
  • Vascular Imaging: For looking at blood vessels etc
  • Lumbar Spinal Scan and Imaging: For back pain, paraesthesia (pins and needles in limbs), curvature of the spine etc
  • MRI Arthrograms: With injection under fluoroscopic guidance.
  • Cardiac MRI:  allows Cardiologists to see the heart in more detail than any other imaging format available.

Cardiac MRI at Kingsbridge Private Hospital facilitates a non-invasive, non-ionising investigation which can more accurately identify those individuals in need of valve replacement, coronary stenting or bypass operations.


What are the Benefits of Cardiac MRI?

  • Allows evaluation of the anatomy (structure) and function of the heart chambers, valves, major vessels, and surrounding structures such as the pericardium (the fluid filled sac that surrounds the heart).
  • Assists diagnosis of a variety of cardiovascular (heart and/or blood vessel) disorders such as tumours, infections, and inflammatory conditions.  CMRI also can identify the extent and viability of myocardial (heart muscle) damage and effect on pump function caused by a heart attack or progressive heart disease.
  • Can detect and evaluate the effects of coronary artery disease such as limited blood flow to the heart muscle and scarring within the heart muscle after heart attack.
  • Can plan a patient’s treatment for cardiovascular.
  • Allows reproducible scans to monitor a patient’s progression over time without ionising radiation. It can also be used to assess a patient’s recovery post treatment.
  • Allows evaluation of the anatomy of the heart and blood vessels in children with congenital (present from birth) heart disease.

Why use the Kingsbridge private MRI Scan, Imaging and Diagnostic Service? 

  • Confidence that you are using one of the most advanced clinical MRI scanners in the UK and Ireland.
  • MRI scanning offers a thorough and comprehensive examination
  • Full Whole Body MRI Scan option, providing full health check & screening
  • A focus on patient comfort with a choice of in-room ambient lighting and music, head-first or feet-first options and a unique tilt option for patients unable to lay flat.
  • Our MRI scanner is bigger than standard models and therefore allows more space and comfort for larger patients and patients prone to feeling claustrophobic.
  • It is safe, painless and non-invasive
  • There are no known side effects

How do I book an MRI scan?

Our private MRI Scan, Imaging and Diagnostic Service can be booked using the BOOK A SCAN link, following referral via Healthlink, email or fax.

Referrals can be arranged by simply:

What is an MRI Scan?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, otherwise known as MRI, is used to take images of the body's organs without producing X-rays.

What happens when you arrive for your scan?

When you arrive at our Diagnostic and Imaging Centre you will be greeted by our friendly reception staff and asked to fill out your safety questionnaire. 

Some important things for us to determine are:

  • Have you a cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator
  • Have you any artificial limbs
  • Have you any other surgical implants
  • Have you EVER had metal fragments in your eyes
  • If there is any chance you are pregnant

You will be asked to remove all metallic objects from your body and may be asked to change into a patient gown.

You will then have the option to choose your preferred music playlist and the lights in our ambient room that you find most pleasing while completing your scan.

Once on the MRI scanner, a piece of equipment called a coil will be placed around the affected area and the scan will commence. The examination is completely painless.

How long does an MRI Scan take?

The total scan time is usually 20 minutes per body area. We recommend arriving at least 15 minutes prior to your appointment so that we can go through the necessary checks and to answer any questions you may have.

How long does it take to get my MRI scan results?

Our diagnostic imaging team will provide results of your scan to your referrer within 48 hours of your appointment.

Are there any after effects?

No. You can drive, eat and drink as normal.

FAQ’s For Referring Clinicians

Why opt for MRI Scanning?

It provides clear, detailed images for a variety of pathology. Including, but not exhaustive:

  • Musculoskeletal problems
  • Sports injuries
  • Neurological problems
  • Spinal problems
  • Vascular problems
  • Soft tissue abdominal/pelvic pathology
  • Bowel problems
  • ENT conditions

An MRI emits no radiation and has no known detrimental effects on the patient. It is a safe painless procedure.

Who can not have an MRI scan?

For safety reasons, patients with the following implants are not suitable for this procedure due to the strong magnetic fields used in MRI:

  • Cardiac Pacemaker/Defibrillator
  • Aneurysm Clips
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Programmable Hydrocephalus shunt

If you would like to book an appointment or require further information on the available options, please do not hesitate to contact us by simply emailing sligo@alliancemedical.ie, phoning (071) 930 0008 or faxing (071) 930 0036.

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Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo

Ray MacSharry Road, Gardenhill, Sligo, Co. Sligo, F91XO54

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"I had surgery here at the weekend and I can't recommend this place highly enough. They took great care of me and kept me at ease throughout my stay. The staff were brilliant, really friendly and chatted away and the food was top class. This hospital was better than any hotel I wonder could I book a weekend away in it when I fully recover?" Mr McGinnity, Kingsbridge Patient
"EXCELLENT - Had surgery today under the very caring Dr Stewart and her team. I cannot thank her enough for all she’s done for me over the past few months. Everything was explained to me in detail and all my care was considerate, professional and compassionate. Everyone I’ve met today has been beyond kind from Will the Anaesthetist, the Nurses and theatre staff, the catering staff - there has been no exception. Thank you all for taking care of me so well today - look forward to getting home tomorrow x" Mrs McAleavey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Hospital spotless and clean.   Staff were so caring couldn’t do enough for me and made sure I was comfortable. Give the place 10 out of 10. Had surgery yesterday and treatment was first class" Ms Demirtas, Kingsbridge Patient
"Their service was excellent and convenient location!" Ms Kneale, Kingsbridge Patient
"Just received surgery at this hospital and I couldn't have been made to feel any more comfortable from the minute I stepped in until the minute I left. All the staff are wonderful and so friendly I will highly recommend this hospital to everyone" Ms McGivern, Kingsbridge Patient
"Had eye surgery here twice for cataracts and lens replacement. Super smooth service from start to finish. Very happy" Ms Jones, Kingsbridge Patient
"As hospitals go this one is pretty amazing! Had surgery with Mr Molloy at the end of October and have another one the end of this month. Mr Molloy is a gentleman who puts you at ease right away and ensured my last procedure went smoothly! From start to finish all the hospital staff go above and beyond to make your stay as comfortable and stress free as possible. The facilities are brilliant with the rooms spacious and modern to recover in. Keep up the good work!" Ms Roulston, Kingsbridge Patient
"My mother had a total hip replacement surgery. We stayed for three days and were discharged today. Honestly, words can't describe the quality of the job and care they do. The doctors Roger Wilson, Sherman, David, the nurses Susan, Sinead, Siobhan, Andrea, the catering staff who provided customised halal food, and the remaining team whose names I cannot remember were the kindest, nicest, politest, the most caring, professional and pleasant people we have ever come across in healthcare environment. These are true gems and real stars. We are indebted to their treatment.
They are 7 star people. We love you!" Mr Yourish, Kingsbridge Patient
"Great friendly staff the nurses go way and beyond.  The hospital is spotless, and the service is second to none." Ms Croke, Kingsbridge Patient
"Currently just back from recovery on the ward. I have just had ACL reconstructive surgery on my left knee. What can I say? This place is brilliant. I arrived at 8.35am, taken to the ward at 8.45am (my admission time was 9am). Tended to by a lovely Nurse. Dr Roger Wilson spoke to me around 9.45am, in Theatre for 10am, recovery for 11.10am and now currently back on ward. These guys are awesome. From the consultant to anaesthetist to nurses to cater assistants. Absolutely brilliant. Thank you so much. I am so grateful to everyone at Kingsbridge for the service." Mr McNicholl, Kingsbridge Patient
"I just had a total hip replacement done by Mr Molloy.  He made me feel totally at ease (a real gentleman). I had 1st class treatment and as for the staff they couldn’t do enough for me. My experience was excellent from the time I arrived until the day I left for home. Thanks a million to all involved." Miss Bennett, Kingsbridge Patient
"Excellent experience with Kingsbridge Hospital, my dad had a day procedure here recently and not only did he receive fantastic care, but so did myself and my mum. The staff were so understanding and without saying anything could see I was looking after my mum also who has dementia, they went above and beyond to make the time spent waiting on my Dad as pleasant and stress free as possible, I will never forget the extra mile they went to, to support us. Many thanks x" Ms Forde, Kingsbridge Patient
"I have just been discharged from Kingsbridge today after surgery and was in for 3 days. From start to finish my experience was excellent. From catering staff up to senior nurses and doctors they were all fantastic and made my stay a positive experience. As a nurse myself I probably have high expectations of care and I certainly experienced the best of care in Kingsbridge who have staff they should be proud off.  Great teamwork." Ms Armstrong, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently had my gall bladder removed. All of the staff I had to deal with were excellent and professional. It was the best treatment I have ever received." Ms Burrows, Kingsbridge Patient
"I got my tonsils out yesterday, all the staff were so pleasant and nothing was too much for them. I really did receive one to one care. They just had so much time for me. The food was lovely and the staff from the kitchen where first class. Glad I received my surgery here." Miss Wright, Kingsbridge Patient
"The service and staff are first class.  Had my cataract operation done on the 20th of January and I would like to thank all the staff of this fantastic hospital for giving me my life back.  You are all a credit to your profession.  Excellent service and I would highly recommend you.  Once again thank you so much and I am truly grateful to you all." Mr Doolan, Kingsbridge Patient
"Amazing 5-star hospital.  Have had other surgery here before on my back.
Yesterday's was a neck disc replacement operation.  I would highly recommend this hospital like a hotel manner. Thanks again guys." Mr Phillips, Kingsbridge Patient
"I recently got an MRI scan at Kingsbridge and was very impressed with how simple the process was and how little time I had to wait. The staff were friendly, and it was an all-round pleasant experience." Mr Sharkey, Kingsbridge Patient
"Can’t praise Kingsbridge Private Hospital enough!! I had an operation a couple of weeks ago and I was so well looked after. My surgeon Mr Rashid was fantastic, and the nursing staff was also fabulous. I found they communicated very well to each other, so everyone knew when my meds were due, my allergies etc. They were so kind, so lovely, constantly checked to see how I was i.e. my temperature etc. The food was fabulous and the catering staff very helpful having had an operation were very happy to accommodate ... Thank you to all!" Ms Cheong, Kingsbridge Patient
"Staff very friendly and very efficient. Surgeon and surgery top class. Big thanks to the Nurses for all their care and patience" Mr Howard, Kingsbridge Patient
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"I would recommend Kingsbridge Private Hospital to my friends and family" > > >, Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo Patient
"The nurses took brilliant care of my daughter and explained the procedures making me feel at ease" > > >, Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo Patient
"The Housekeeping staff keep the hospital spotlessly clean" > > >, Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo Patient
"The dedicated attention to my child made a difficult and stressful time easier for us" > > >, Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo Patient
"You as a hospital should be proud of the ethos that you actually put in to practice – caring, compassionate individualised care, where the patient is treated with dignity – EXCEPTIONAL" > > >, Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo Patient
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"Great follow up – I got a call the next day and could call them for advice" > > >, Kingsbridge Private Hospital Sligo Patient

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