Effective prevention of many common diseases is now possible using modern scanning methods such as computed tomography (CT or CAT scans), ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scans).
The European Scanning Centre in Central London uses state-of-the-art imaging technology making it possible to find the earliest signs of disease, often many years before you have any symptoms. EBCT, MRI scans and ultrasound scans are also valuable diagnostic tools for assessing the extent of disease that has already become established. This means you can receive effective help immediately - whether it is just simply changing your lifestyle or taking further treatment.
Electron beam computed tomography (EBCT)
EBCT records images in up to 1/20th of a second so that it is able to freeze the motion of the organs, especially the heart, to produce crisp, clear images in a single breath-hold. This speed is particularly important for heart scans as it enables us to see the heart without blurring and without the necessity for you to take drugs to slow a fast or irregular heart beat. It is the only technology approved by the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for heart scans because of this accuracy and sensitivity.
• Heart (coronary artery calcium score)
• Coronary angiogram (CTA)
• Virtual colonoscopy
• Chest / lung
• Abdomen and pelvis
• Bone mineral density (BMD)
• Renal tract
• Combining scans
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Although MRI is commonly used to examine parts of the body that are surrounded by bone eg. brain, spinal cord abdomen and pelvis, it is also a very useful technique to investigate injuries to bones, joints and soft tissue.
During a scan you lie on a couch, and a small 'receiving device' is placed behind, or around, the part of your body being scanned. You are then moved into the scanner tube, either head-first or feet-first, depending on which part of your body is being scanned. The scanner is semi-open, which helps to minimise the feeling of claustrophobia. It is important to lie very still during the scan to avoid blurring the images. A typical scan lasts between 15-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and how many 'pictures' are taken. MRI scanners make a loud knocking noise due to the small magnets in the machine being turned on and off. Headphones should make this more bearable.
• MRI scans
Ultrasound scanning uses high frequency sound waves rather than x-rays to image the internal organs. Sound waves pass through the body and are reflected back by the tissues according to their density. Ultrasound is a useful, non-invasive complementary diagnostic tool to EBCT enabling us to obtain additional information about specific areas of concern. Ultrasound is completely safe and usually non-invasive making it appropriate for adults of any age. In some circumstances, such as examining the prostate gland or reproductive organs, it is the scanning method of choice.
• Ultrasound scans
• Carotid Doppler
• Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
• Thyroid gland & FNA (fine needle aspiration)
• Female reproductive organs