To ensure it is appropriate for a patient to undergo an MRI or Ultrasound scan, a completed referral form is required from a referring clinician, such as a Consultant, GP, Physiotherapist, Osteopath, or Chiropractor.
Completed referral forms must be submitted to Vista (by post, fax, email or electronically) prior to the patient’s scan appointment.
Referral e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Referral fax number: 0333 200 2065
Postal address: Vista Diagnostics, 1st Floor, Capital Tower, 91 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8RT
MRI referral forms
Ultrasound referral forms
FAQs for Referring Clinicians
Why should I refer a patient to Vista Diagnostics?
Vista ensures that the scan is completed and reported in a matter of days. Once the scan is taken, one of Vista’s specialist NHS-affiliated Radiologists will produce the diagnostic report within one to two business days. The report is produced by a Radiologist with the relevant sub-speciality expertise, such as a neurological or musculoskeletal radiologist.
Can General Practitioners refer a patient for a private MRI scan?
Yes. Guidelines published by the Royal College of Radiology and the Royal College of General Practitioners provide a framework for appropriate referral for diagnostic services. Practice based commissioning and unbundling of tariffs gives NHS GPs more freedom to refer patients to Vista for a scan. You can find a referral form to download here.
Can physiotherapists, chiropractors and osteopaths refer a patient for a private MRI scan?
Yes. According to a recent joint publication by a collaboration of the professional bodies representing the Allied Health Professionals and the Royal College of Radiology, entitled “Clinical Imaging Requests from Non-Medically Qualified Professionals”, you may refer patients providing you are adequately trained and remain competent to refer. Vista Diagnostics can assist you by means of CPD accredited events to acquire the necessary skills to become a registered referrer. You can download a referral form here.
What are Vista’s referral guidelines?
In accordance with MHRA guidelines, to ensure patient safety, Vista only accepts referrals from recognised clinicians. Our referral form is designed to obtain the appropriate clinical information and region to be scanned, as well as relevant patient and referring clinician contact information. You can download a referral form here.
Which patients are unable to have an MRI scan?
Due to the powerful magnetic field of an MRI scan, certain individuals cannot be scanned. A patient must not have an MRI scan if they have:
- a cardiac (heart) pacemaker
- clips in the head from brain operations, ie aneurysm clips
- a cochlear (ear) implant
- a metallic foreign body in the patient’s eye
- a programmable shunt for hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain)
- are pregnant
What happens if I wish to clarify something in the report?
Vista can schedule a telephone discussion if you wish to speak to the Vista reporting Radiologist regarding a diagnosis.
What additional services does Vista offer?
Vista can offer Consultants a range of additional services including:
- fast-track reporting for urgent cases
- scheduled telephone discussions with the Vista reporting Radiologist
- three-dimensional reconstructions for surgical planning
- full brain spectroscopy on all brain scans