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Articles and Features : May 2008

Private Healthcare UK keeps you up to date with the latest news and developments in private treatment in the UK.

  • What does food allergy or food intolerance mean? peanut butterThere are two kinds of sensitivity to foods – food allergy and food intolerance. An allergy is where the immune system reacts to certain types of food as though they are a threat to the body. This...
  • 3D & 4D Ultrasound Scans 4d ultrasound Ultrasound scans have been a commonplace part of pre-natal care for several decades, since they were introduced into the field by Professor Ian MacDonald in the 1960s. Although useful, many of these...
  • What is an MRI Scan? iHealth MRI scanMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) creates the most detailed 3D images of soft tissue within the body, far better than those produced by X-rays or CT scans. The technology uses electro magnets to probe...
  • What is Intra-Uterine Insemination (IUI)? SpermIUI is one of the simplest forms of assisted reproduction, as there is no removal of eggs and no fertilisation in the laboratory. Sperm from the male partner, or a donor, is simply introduced into...
  • What is a PET Scan? PET scan superimposed on MRI scanPositron Emission Tomography (PET) Scans use radioactive tracers to show the workings of bodily tissues. This gives much more information than scans such as MRI or X-rays that simply reveal the...
  • What is a CT Scan? CT scan of headComputerised Tomography (CT or CAT) Scans use a series of X-ray pictures to build up an image of the inside of your body, including the brain, bones, organs, and soft tissues. They are particularly...
  • Selective Laser Trabeculoplasty eyeSelective Laser Trabeculoplasty, also known as SLT, is a simple, yet highly effective laser procedure that reduces the intraocular pressure associated with glaucoma. It is performed in your...
  • Choosing Fertility Treatment Pedioes IVF Centre - baby crawlingIt is estimated that around three and a half million couples a year in the UK struggle to conceive through natural methods, which represents about one in seven couples. Over the last thirty years...
  • Non-surgical treatments for back pain back painIt probably goes without saying that the best way of treating back pain or indeed neck pain is non operative. Surgery although useful has to remain the last option due to the collateral damage...