Request for Ultrasound, CT & MRI Scans
CT scans, MRI scans, and Ultrasounds are all slightly different, but they are all crucial to the diagnosis of disease and trauma. Many health concerns can only be diagnosed by seeing inside the body.
In order to receive one of these scans from a radiologist at a clinic or hospital you need a direct referral from a GP. Here at South London Private GP, we offer direct referrals that will help you or a loved one get the treatment you need and deserve.
We have close connections to the leading radiologists in London and can advise you where you can receive the best treatment that best suits your health concerns. We will ensure this referral is fast tracked so you can see the radiologist as soon as possible.
Our doctors will advise you on what medical scans or medical imaging your symptoms require.
If you want to access to a radiologist quickly, schedule an appointment with one of our doctors by directly booking online.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a CT Scan?
Computed tomography (CT) uses x-ray radiation and computer technology to construct a 3D image of the body. This imaging technique provides significantly more information than a plain x-ray does. CT scans are sometimes referred to as CAT scans. Please note that CT scans do expose you to radiation.
CT scans are used to:
diagnose conditions such as damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, problems with blood flow, stroke, and cancer
guide further tests or treatments – for example, CT scans can help determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before having radiotherapy, or allow a doctor to take a needle biopsy (where a small tissue sample is removed using a needle) or drain an abscess
monitor conditions – including checking the size of tumours during and after cancer treatment
What is an MRI Scan?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of medical imaging that utilizes strong magnetic fields and radio waves to build detailed images of the inside of the body. An MRI can be used on virtually any area of the body. It’s primary functions are to diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been. MRI machines carry no risk to your health.
What is an Ultrasound?
An ultrasound scan can be used to diagnose a condition, monitor an unborn baby, or guide a surgeon during certain procedures. These are sometimes referred to as sonograms. An image is shown on a monitor while the scan is carried out. In most cases there are no after-effects of an ultrasound.