Computed Tomography (CT scanning) is a method of examining inside the body using X-rays, which create cross-sectional 2D or 3D images on a computer.
It is possible to perform CT scans on any part of the body. They can show several kinds of body tissue (lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels) with great clarity and are able to diagnose diseases such as cancer, heart and vascular disease, injuries, brain tumours and musculoskeletal disorders.
During the scan, patients will usually lie flat on their back while an X-ray tube rotates around the body, giving off an X-ray beam. CT scans are painless and take 10-30 minutes. They are usually performed on an outpatient basis, which means patients may go home on the same day. There is a small amount of radiation involved in the procedure but the benefits outweigh any risks. Unlike an MRI scan, patients are unlikely to feel claustrophobic because they are not enclosed in a tube.
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When you have a CT scan at one of our hospitals:
- we have the most technologically advanced CT scanners available today – with highly precise, rapid scanning capabilities, the radiation exposure time is greatly reduced and patient dose is kept to a minimum
- our hospitals are the first to offer the 64-slice Discovery CT750 HD scanner, a high-definition, low-radiation CT scanner that creates X-ray images in a level of detail that has never been seen before and uses significantly less radiation than a conventional CT scanner
- our scanning service encompasses all types of body, orthopaedic and neurological scans as well as more specialised examinations
You can choose the consultant and hospital most convenient for you by simply entering the treatment into our ‘Consultant finder’.
With us, you can be sure you are getting the best treatment available. When you have any treatment in one of our units or hospitals, you will experience a number of benefits:
- Access to consultants who are experts in their field, working with the latest treatments and leading technologies in state-of-the-art facilities that smaller private hospitals cannot match.
- We are London’s leading private hospital group, treating 400,000 patients each year. This volume drives excellence and experience. We have invested £500 million on the latest treatments, technologies and medication over the past 10 years, many of which are not available on the NHS or via smaller private hospitals.
- You can be confident that we can take care of all your treatment needs. We are the only private hospital group to offer such an extensive range of treatments for patients of all ages.
- No waiting time. Your care will start as soon as you're ready.
- Your safety is protected. Some private hospitals don’t have any on-site critical care facilities in the event of an emergency. Our consultants have access to more critical care beds 24/7 than any other private healthcare group in the UK. If you need urgent care you’ll receive it instantly – it’s very rare for us to transfer patients to another hospital. Our rates of MRSA are nearly five times lower than the national average. And we have zero recorded cases of some other common infections.
What to do next
Once you have decided that you would like to be treated at an HCA hospital, or would like further information, here's what to do next:
- Call one of our advisors on +44 (0) 20 7079 4399 or complete our web enquiry form.
- Check with your insurance company that your policy covers your treatment, and obtain authorisation.
- Visit or call your GP to obtain a referral letter and then call us to make an appointment to visit your chosen consultant and hospital at a time to suit you.
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