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CT Scan (Computed Tomography)

Computed Tomography (CT) is a form of imaging using x-rays which rotate around the body. The CT scan is created using a computer to produce a detailed 3D image of your internal body structures and organs for diagnosis. CT is very accurate for early detection of certain conditions.

Our Service

Highgate Private Hospital has a top of the range GE HD 64 slice CT scanner capable of producing the highest quality images with the lowest doses and reduced scanning times. CT scans can help diagnose inflammation, disease and cancer, and monitor many other health conditions including of the brain, internal organs, soft tissue and all joints and bones.

We offer a wide range of CT scans which include but are not limited to:

  • Brain, Neurological, Spinal
  • Ear, Nose, Throat (including sinuses)
  • Internal organs (Chest, Abdomen, Pelvis)
  • Vascular (Arteries, Veins)
  • Orthopaedic (Bones, Muscles)
  • Screening for diseases/conditions
  • Specialised scans:
    • Intravenous Urography (Kidneys, Ureters, Bladder)
    • Colonography (less invasive and safer form of colonoscopy)
    • Coronary Angiogram and Calcium Score (non-invasive scan of the heart blood vessels)
    • Interventional (CT guided injection into joints for pain relief)
    • Joint replacement planning
    • Tissue characterisation (such as renal stones)
    • Gout specific studies
    • Metal artefact reduction

Scans are available every weekday including early mornings and evenings.

Your Scan

You will need to be referred for diagnostic imaging by a GP or a Highgate Private Hospital Consultant before you can have a CT scan. Ensure you bring the original request form from the GP.

You may need to change into a gown, and depending on the reasons for having your scan, may need to have an injection of contrast, which is a dye that shows up brightly on the images, giving much more detailed information of the organs and vessels inside your body.

Typically the scan takes between 10-30 minutes depending on what is being imaged.  

If you are, or there is a possibility you may be pregnant, please tell the radiographer before your x-ray.

Your Results

A Consultant Radiologist will read and report on the images from your scan. Images and results will be sent to the doctor, consultant or specialist who referred you to your CT scan for them to discuss with you.  This is generally within 48 hours but can be sooner.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss the scan and procedure with a Radiographer or to arrange your appointment, please do not hesitate to contact the imaging department on 0208 347 3866 or diagnostics@highgatehospital.co.uk

Patient Information

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR CT

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR CT WITH IV CONTRAST

PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET FOR CT WITH IV & ORAL CONTRAST

 

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