Here at London GP Clinic we can arrange a private CT scan which is made easy using our referral service.
CT scan also known as a CAT scan (Computerised tomography) uses computer generated images that takes digitalised slices through selected parts of the body looking for anomalies. The resulting images are investigated by a specialist radiographer who then compiles a report and sends to the doctor or specialist.
The image is a detailed picture of internal organs. It verifies blood flow, bone, and soft tissue. A CT scan features more than a standard X-ray and is frequently used by doctors to help diagnose the cause of a problem, monitor improvement in certain conditions, and guide treatment plans.
Generally, patients are exposed during a CT scan to a small amount of radiation, which is far less dangerous than normal X-rays. CT scans do involve radiation giving more detailed images however the levels of radiation your body receives is dependent on how many scans you undergo.
Women who are pregnant are generally not able to undergo this procedure except in rare and exceptional circumstances as radiation is a risk to the fetus, which can be dangerous.
Overall, CT scans are not harmful however, it is important to let us know if you have any underlying health problems i.e. allergies, kidney problems, diabetes, or asthma during the consultation before the scan so that we can transfer your medical history to the radiographer who will then take the necessary precautions.
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 are removed too during the procedure. If you have any metal prosthesis or heart, ear or other disease modifying implants you will need to inform us and the repeat this information to the radiographer immediately prior to the scan.
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 low. Should you get uncomfortable during the procedure, please inform the radiographer at the time.
The scanner is a doughnut shaped 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. You will be asked to lie still and might be asked to hold your breath to aid in the image taking.
The procedure may take from 10 to 30 minutes depending on what is being scanned. A CT scan is a non-invasive, simple, and pain-free procedure. Please inform the radiographer or us if you have a nervous or claustrophobic temperament prior to the scan and we will be able to help you become more comfortable.
Results of your scan will be analysed by a radiologist (a doctor who specialises in interpreting images from the scan). Your results will then be sent and discussed together with you within approximately a couple of working days.
It depends on your evaluation and assessment. CT scans are used generally to aid the doctor who feels it helps improve a difficult diagnosis. It is also used in conjunction with relevant treatment, follow-up and confirms if surgical intervention is needed.
A CT scan may not be your only option. We usually ask you to schedule an appointment with our GP initially and if he/she confirms a CT would be beneficial will show you all the available options and choose the right one for you.
Visit our clinic today at Suite 15, 117A Harley Street, London, W1G 6AT we will be happy to discuss our pricing policy and get professional advice concerning your health concerns.
We can also refer to experienced specialist in other disciplines if required.
You can contact us by calling 0207 043 4318 to book an appointment
or email info@londonGPclinic.co.uk.
We will be more than happy to arrange an appointment at a time that suits you.
* A blood draw fee of £50 is payable for blood, urine and swabs tests. (No surcharge is payable.)