Open MRI Scanner at Cobalt Health Cheltenham

  • Related keywords: Open MRI Scanner, claustrophobia,
  • Date: 15 Sep 2016
  • Who applies for funding: General Practitioner (GP), Consultant (CONS), Musculoskeletal Assessment and Treatment Service (MATS)

Referral Route:

Criteria Based Access (CBA)

If the patient demonstrably meets the specific criteria for treatment, the patient can be referred directly via the appropriate Referral Service with a standard referral letter. If the patient does not meet the criteria for treatment then a referral can be made to the Individual Funding Request Panel but only if there is clear evidence that the patient’s clinical circumstances or condition are exceptional, i.e. there is something about the patient’s condition or circumstances that differentiate them on the basis of need from other patients with a similar diagnosis or condition and would justify funding being provided in an individual case when it is not routinely funded for others. Funding requests from GP Practices can be accepted from Senior Clinicians, salaried GPs, Locum GPs or Practice Partners. Unfortunately we are unable to accept funding applications from other health professionals unless countersigned by a senior clinician or GP.

If you would like this policy in a different language or need it in another format, such as Braille, please contact the Patient Advice and Liaison Service on 0800 073 0907 or 0117 947 4477.

A standard MRI scanner has a weight limit of 18 and a half stone and can accommodate a girth of 60cm. Whereas the Open MRI scanner’s weight limit is 39 stone and can accommodate patients where their body height (when lying down on a flat surface) is 45cm or less at their highest point.

The Open MRI scanner at Cobalt Health Cheltenham offers a more comfortable experience for patients who surpass the weight restrictions of a standard enclosed MRI scanner or suffer from claustrophobia which has been clinically documented. The Open MRI scanner can accommodate patients weighing up to 250kg. 

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Open MRI Scanner at Cobalt Health Cheltenham

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Open MRI Scanner in Cheltenham Guidance

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Individual Funding Request (IFR) Application form

This form must be completed when applying for treatments that are not normally commissioned by Bristol CCG. Please refer to the Interventions Not Normally Funded List (INNF) before making an application.