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ObjectiveSome private health screening companies in the UK provide 'health check-ups' using whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), in spite of the lack of evidence demonstrating that such screening is worthwhile. We discuss the issues surrounding the use of an MRI scan as a screening test in 'health check-ups' and set out our concerns.ConclusionBecause of the five balance between the potential perils and benefits of the unselective use of brain MRI for 'health check-ups', its use should be restricted to a research setting.

Original publication




Journal article


Journal of medical screening

Publication Date





2 - 4


Division of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Edinburgh, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh EH4 2XU, UK.


Brain, Humans, Intracranial Aneurysm, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Radiography, Mass Screening, Incidental Findings, Risk Assessment, Whole Body Imaging