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Do I need to make an appointment for my scan?
You do not need an appointment for an X-ray, simply attend one of our practices and we will fit you in. For all other scans appointments are required to ensure you receive the correct information about any preparation that may be required. However, if your appointment is urgent we will accommodate.
What preparation is required for my scan?
There is no preparation for X-rays or DEXA imaging. For all CT’s, Ultrasounds, Mammograms and Interventional procedures please follow the preparation instructions given to you by the receptionist when booking. Preparation will vary depending on the type of scan and body part.
How long does my scan take?
This will depend on the type of scan.
An X-ray will only take 5-10 minutes.
Ultrasound, Mammography and CT usually take 15-20 minutes.
Is my scan painful?
Diagnostic scans are generally painless. CT that require IV Contrast will require a small needle, similar to a blood test.
During an Ultrasound you may experience some pressure from the probe on your skin. You may experience some pain and discomfort during an Injection or Biopsy, however we use local anaesthetic for most of these.
Should I be concerned about radiation from my scan?
Despite what you may hear, the radiation levels used in diagnostic scans are very small and are considered safe to have every now and again. CT scans use slightly higher radiation levels than x-ray and mammography, but they are still well within safe limits.
Radiation can be harmful to unborn babies so please tell a staff member if you are (or think you may be) pregnant before having your scan.
How long will my scan results take?
Allow 24-48 hours for your scan results. These will be electronically sent back to your referrer. You can collect your images and results from our practice after this time if needed.
Is there are any charges?
We are a mixed-billing practice. Please ask the receptionist about fees when booking if you are a private patient.