28th, Aug 2020
Kingsbridge Private Hospital is delighted to have recently upgraded their CT Scanner. The new model which is a Philips iCT elite scanner will provide a new range of patient-centred benefits.
The scanner was installed on the 27th August at 5am.
Kelly McCartney, CT Lead Radiographer explains the range of exciting new improvements that our patients will benefit from:
Most people have a good idea of what an X-ray image is and how it can help establish if there is a fractured bone or, by using appropriate dyes, what the outline of a structure is like and if there is an abnormality.
People also have a fairly clear idea of how a Radiologist can capture what a solid organ looks like using sound waves which bounce off structures inside the body.
On the other hand, CT scans fire X-rays all around the body to build up a detailed 3 dimensional picture of the part in question.
An MRI Scanner depends on the body being made up largely of water. The water molecules each have charged particles which align along the magnetic field produced by the MRI scanner.
By disturbing these charged particles and observing how they appear when they realign, a computer builds up an image similar to that seen on a digital camera which uses pixels. Different tissues appear in a characteristic way meaning abnormalities can be detected easily which is why MRI may be used to examine almost any part of the body. You may be referred for an MRI scan if you have sports injuries, spinal problems, musculoskeletal problems, neurological problems, vascular problems and bowel problems. MRI is also used to assess how effective previous treatment has been.
Patients are referred to MRI by their GP, Consultant, Physiotherapist, Osteopath or Chiropractor (for spinal problems). Please remember that being referred for an MRI scan does not automatically mean that there is anything potentially seriously wrong, just that the MRI will provide a better picture, especially for soft tissue surrounded by bones than say an X-Ray.
If referred, Kingsbridge Private Hospital provides same day appointments and allows patients to be seen comfortably using a state-of-the-art MRI scanner with a wide tunnel to help with claustrophobia and many scans offering headfirst or feet first options as well as ambient lighting and choice of music.
For more information on our MRI and scanning services at Kingsbridge Private Hospital please contact 028 9066 7878 or click here.