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Scanning and imaging : Articles and features

Our articles and features are written by some of the UK's leading consultants, dentists, medical professionals and healthcare writers.

  • What is an angiogram? AngiogramCardiovascular disease is one of the biggest health problems in the UK today, leading to heart attacks, strokes, and a range of other complications. Angiograms are used to assess the health of the...
  • Head injury treatment - What is available? MigraineAlmost everyone bangs their head at sometime or other and around a million people a year in the UK are treated for head injuries at A&E units, with 25% of these requiring admission for treatment and...
  • Private Pregnancy Scans Pregnancy scansWhen you are pregnant you're offered two, or at the most, three, ultrasound scans on the NHS. The number and timing of the scans seem to vary depending on which area you live in and your age, but as...
  • 3D / 4D Ultrasound – Is it worth the money? 3D / 4D Ultrasound – Is it worth the money?Unlike the traditional 2D ultrasound scan, which creates a blurred, two dimensional image that just lets you make out the shape of your baby, a 3D ultrasound scan produces a much more lifelike three...
  • 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 a heart scan? Nuffield CT scanEvery two minutes in the UK, someone has a heart attack. Coronary heart disease is this country's biggest killer. If you have problems with your heart, or you've been referred to a specialist by your...
  • What is medical imaging? iHealth MRI scanMedical imaging is the process of creating pictures and images of parts of the body to assist doctors with examination and diagnosis. Images are created using painless techniques without the need to...
  • 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...
  • Ultrasound scans - an overview Pregnancy scansSometimes known as a sonograph, an ultrasound scan is the technique of looking inside the body at soft tissues and liquids via sound waves. No radiation, x-ray, or harmful material is used....
  • 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...
  • Bone scans: An overview Bone scanA bone scan is a test that uses radioactive material to show up abnormalities in your bones, such as areas of increased activity that could indicate cancer, or areas with poor blood flow. These tests...
  • Chorionic villus sampling (CVS) – how does it work? Pregnant womanChorionic villus sampling (CVS) involves taking a small selection of chorionic villus cells for genetic testing. This can reveal the presence of abnormalities that cause Down's syndrome, cystic...
  • The Nuchal Fold Scan - what does it involve? nuchal fold scanThe nuchal fold scan (sometimes known as the 'nuchal translucency scan') is performed at the end of your first trimester of pregnancy between weeks 11 and 14, with the most optimal time being the...