Need a CT scan?

On Private Healthcare UK, you can find 10 private radiographers and 113 private hospitals offering a CT scan and if you’re paying for yourself, you could expect it to cost between £430 and £907. We have over 20 years' experience helping people to make the right choice about private healthcare.

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What is a CT scan?

A CT scan produces detailed images of inside the body. CT scans, also called CAT scans or computed tomography scans, use x-rays to form digital images on a computer screen. CT scans are used to find cancers and tumours, broken bones and diagnose issues with internal organs or blood vessels. CT scans are not suitable for women who are pregnant. CT scans are quicker than MRI scans and CT scanners are smaller, therefore, less likely to make someone feel claustrophobic. A CT scan takes between 10 and 20 minutes depending on the body part being scanned. The patient lies flat as the CT scanner ring passes over them. The scanner operator, or radiographer, sits in an adjacent room to monitor the scan and remains in audio contact with the patient. Sometimes a special dye (contrast medium) is administered to improve the imaging of certain body parts.

Should I go private?

Choosing to go private for CT scan offers the following benefits:

  • Gain access to fast treatment
  • Beat the NHS CT scan waiting time
  • A choice of when you want to be treated
  • A choice of where to be treated
  • A choice of the consultant or private radiographer
  • Sometimes, access to options which may not be available on the NHS

How do I choose a private hospital or clinic?

You should compare what the hospitals or clinics have to offer, how they differ, and what sort of philosophy of care they offer. The location of the hospital will play an important role in your choice - search the Private Healthcare UK private hospital database to find hospitals which are within easy travelling distance so that family can visit and you can eliminate any discomfort of long journeys.

Private Radiographer Specialists in the UK

The following radiographer specialists perform private CT scans in the UK.

Nick Robinson

Consultant Cardiologist

Colchester and Essex

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Jonathan Byrne

Consultant Cardiologist

London

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Amanda Varnava

Consultant Cardiologist

London

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Diana Holdright

Consultant Cardiologist

London

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How do I choose a private CT scan specialist?

We recommend preparing a list of questions to ask the specialist, you might want to ask:

  • Can you provide a detailed profile of your background, experience and qualifications?
  • When and where did you receive training in radiography?
  • What is your position and role within the NHS?
  • How many CT scans do you undertake each year?
  • Can I speak to any of your past patients to find out about their experience?
  • How much do you charge for the initial consultation?
  • When will I recieve my CT scan results?

How much does a pricate CT scan cost?

If you're paying for yourself, a CT scan typically costs. £548. (between £430 and £907) at private hospitals and clinics in the UK. To get a more accurate cost, you can get a personalised quote from Private Healthcare UK.

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What is included in the price?

In most cases, the following is included in the price, but you should double check exactly what is included:

  • All medical and nursing care during your procedure
  • Hospital fees
  • Any drugs that you need while in the hospital
  • Surgeon or consultant fees

The price is normally payable on or before admission to the hospital.

Is my private CT scan covered by insurance?

If you have health or private medical insurance, you likely covered for a CT scan – you should check with your insurer and get a claim authorised before booking an appointment with a specialist.

Do I need a referral from my GP?

Many private radiographers are reluctant to see a patient requiring treatment unless there is a referral letter from your GP and we recommend checking with individual specialists to see if this is required or not. If you do not have a GP, many private hospitals can arrange for you to have an appointment with a private GP in their outpatient department.

The practicalities of going private

Your initial consultation is a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you have about the procedure. You should bring any test results with you so that you won't have to repeat expensive tests or scans - you can get these from your GP. If you are paying for yourself, you should be prepared to pay the consultation fee on the day. If you are insured, remember to bring your registration documents and proof of pre-authorisation.

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Authors and sources

  • Private healthcare information reviewed by Keith Pollard, UK private healthcare expert and Executive Chairman of LaingBuisson International Limited
  • Price range calculated using costs sourced from:

LaingBuisson is the chosen provider of independent sector healthcare market data to the UK government's Office for National Statistics.