Here at London GP Clinic, getting a private CT scan is made easy using our referral.
Computerised tomography (CT) scan is also referred to as a CAT scan. A CT scanner is a kind of X-ray device that generates detailed images of the internal body parts of humans with the aid of a computer and X-rays.
It gives a picture of your internal organs, blood flow, bone, and other tissue. A CT scan provides images with more details than a standard X-ray. It is frequently used by doctors in diagnosing the cause of a problem, monitor improvement of certain conditions, and guide treatment plans.
Generally, patients are exposed to a small amount of radiation during a CT scan, which in itself will not be dangerous. As compared to normal X-rays, CT scans involve so much radiation since they give more detailed images. The level of radiation your body receives is dependent on how many scans you undergo.
Pregnant women are more at risk as radiation may get to the foetus, which can be dangerous. But it is in rare cases that pregnant women undergo a CT scan. It is done only when necessary.
Overall, CT scans are not harmful. However, it is apt that you tell us if you have any allergies, kidney problems, diabetes, or asthma during consultation beforethe scan so that we can transfer your medical history to the radiographer.
A radiographer carries out a CT scan. You may be asked not to eat or drink prior to the procedure, although this depends on the part of your body to be scanned. Pieces of jewellery and metal objects may not be allowed too during the procedure.
Some scans need contrast (special dye used to produce certain images). This dye may be injected into your veins; you may swallow it as a drink or as an enema (into your back passage). The work of this dye is to enhance the quality of images. The chances of reacting to contrast are very slim. Should you get uncomfortable during the procedure, let your radiographer know about it.
The scanner looks like a doughnut or large ring. You will be asked to lie on a long table during the procedure. The table will then move slowly via the ring while the scanner rotates round capturing images. A ‘whirring’ sound will be heard as the machine works, and your radiographer will be talking to you over a speaker as your scan progresses. It is crucial you lie still and at times, you might be asked to hold your breath as it aids in creating more accurate images.
Depending on the part of your body that is being scanned, the procedure might take 10 to 30 minutes. CT scan is a non-invasive, simple, and pain-free procedure. But do well to tell the radiographer or us on time if you are nervous or claustrophobic about the scan and we will help become comfortable.
Results of your scan will be analysed by a radiologist (a doctor who specialises in interpreting images from the scan). Your result will be sent or discussed with you within 2 working days.
It depends on your evaluation or assessment. CT scans come in handy when your doctor feels the need to improve on your diagnosis, treatment, or follow up, with images from the scan.
Should you be considering a CT scan, schedule a 15-minute appointment with us, and we will show you all the available options you have and choose the right one for you.
Call us today on 020 70434318 to book an appointment for your CT scan. You can also visit the London GP Clinic at Suite 15, 117A Harley Street, London, W1G 6AT to discuss and get professional advice concerning your health.