Private CT, MRI, Ultrasound and X-ray | BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital

MRI scannerIf you need a private CT, MRI, Ultrasound or X-ray and live in Droitwich Spa, Worcester or Bromsgrove, BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital is the place to come. Our new specialised cross-sectional private imaging suite at BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital, incorporates a wide bore 1.5T MRI scanner and an 80 slice CT scanner.

We are able to offer advanced and efficient private imaging services in our luxurious diagnostic suite, and welcome both privately insured and self-pay patients, as well as offering competitively priced x-ray, ultrasound, MRI and CT scans.

The benefits to you include:

  • Uncompromised image quality, excellent resolution and reduced scan time
  • More headroom, leg room and elbow room which is beneficial for patients suffering from claustrophobia or anxiety
  • Improved comfort levels particularly for sick patients and those with special needs
  • Fully refurbished, luxurious diagnostic suite
  • Quick turnaround – scan to report

We also offer a range of ultrasound scans including abdominal, pelvic, gynaecological, bladder, testicular, thyroid, doppler, joint and cardiac. Ultrasound is also used to facilitate biopsies and draining of cysts.

Private CT Scan in Droitwich

CT produces 2-D images of the inside of your body using ionising radiation. The scan shows detailed images of internal structures including blood vessels and bones. These images can also be reconstructed into a 3-D image.

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What is a CT scan?

CT stands for computed tomography and is a type of scan that uses x-rays to produce high quality 2D and 3D cross sectional images of your body that are then reported on by a consultant radiologist.

What are the benefits of a CT scan?

The images a CT scan produces are very accurate with excellent spatial resolution and therefore will give your clinician much more information than a typical X-ray. A CT scan can be used to produce detailed images of various soft tissue structures such as your bowel, lungs or blood vessels. CT is also very good for assessing bone particularly after it has been damaged due to a fracture or osteoarthritis.

Most CT scans are very quick, usually only taking a few minutes. There are some scans that can take a little longer depending on the area that is being assessed, however you would not be expected to be in the department for any longer than an hour.

How does a CT scan work?

Before the scan starts you will be asked to lie very still on the CT table with your arms above your head or by your side. During the scan you will move slowly in and out of the scanner. No equipment will touch you and nothing will close in on you – the scanner is an open hole, rather like a doughnut or polo mint.

For some scans you will be given an injection or a drink of a contrast agent (a radio-opaque dye). This allows the radiologist to see some parts of your body more clearly. If you have had a previous allergic reaction to x-ray dye in the past, please notify the Imaging Department straight away. If you are, or there is a possibility you may be pregnant, please tell the radiographer before your scan.

CT scanners use ionising radiation (x-rays) to produce their images. The risk of ionising radiation causing harmful effects on living cells is very small, the CT scanner is designed to use the lowest amount of radiation it can to get the best possible images and our specialist CT radiographers are trained to keep the risk to you at an absolute minimum.

For more information, and if you have any queries about the procedure, speak to your consultant.

Please inform us if you are taking any medication, particularly for diabetes but please continue taking your medication unless you are told otherwise.

It is helpful if you notify us of any previous CT scans you have had done.

Do CT scans have any side effects?

The injection may make you feel hot, may give you a metallic taste at the back of your throat and may make you feel like you need to pass water. This is normal and should pass quickly.

How long will my CT scan results take?

Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within five days of your CT scan.

Private Ultrasound in Droitwich

Using high frequency waves, an ultrasound scan can create an image of an organ in the body. It can look at soft tissue structures, some internal organs and blood vessels.

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What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound scan uses high frequency wave sounds to create an image of an organ in the body.

It can be used to look at all soft tissue structures and blood vessels. It cannot be used to look at bones or the lungs or gastro-intestinal tract in detail.

What are the benefits of an ultrasound?

An ultrasound scan does not use radiation. The ultrasound waves are delivered by a small handheld sensor called a transducer. As sound waves are used, rather than radiation, the procedure is thought to be completely safe.

Ultrasound is used to examine the abdomen including the prostate gland, uterus and ovaries as well as other musculoskeletal areas of the body. Ultrasound is also used in biopsies (where the tissue sample is taken for analysis) and cyst drainage.

How does an ultrasound work?

For some procedures you may be asked to fill your bladder by drinking plenty of water. For other procedures, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything for up to four - six hours before the test. You will be given the appropriate preparation advice when booking your appointment.

The examination will be carried out by a consultant radiologist or sonographer. Usually an ultrasound procedure will take between fifteen minutes and half an hour, but it depends on the examination.

You will be asked to lie down on a couch. Some cold gel will be applied to your body – this enables the sensor, which is passed over your skin, to pick up sound waves and an image of the part of the body being scanned is produced. The gel may be cold.

If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant please tell the radiographer before your scan.

For more information, and if you have any queries about the procedure, speak to your consultant.

It’s helpful if you bring or notify us before your appointment of any previous X-rays you have had done.

When will I get my ultrasound results?

Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within five days of your ultrasound scan.

Private X-Ray in Droitwich

An x-ray uses ionising radiation and can show up abnormalities within your bones such as broken bones or problems in the chest such as infections.

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What is an X-ray?

X-ray is an imaging technique that is used to show up abnormalities, mostly in bones, but also in other areas such as the chest.

What are the benefits of an X-ray?

They can show abnormalities that cannot be seen from outside the body, such as broken bones (fractures) or problems in the chest, such as infections.

How does an X-ray work?

Depending on what type you’re having, an X-ray should take a few minutes and is carried out by a radiographer. A consultant radiologist will provide the results.

You’ll be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so the part of your body being X-rayed can be imaged.

If you are, or there is a possibility you may be, pregnant please tell the radiographer before your scan.

For more information, and if you have any queries about the procedure, speak to your consultant.

It’s helpful if you bring or notify us before your appointment of any previous X-rays you have had done.

When will I get my X-ray results?

Results will usually be sent to the doctor who referred you within five days of your X-ray.

Private MRI Scan in Droitwich

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) produces 2-D images of the inside of your body using strong magnetic field and radio waves. The scan can show muscles, joints, bone marrow, blood vessels and nerves as well as other structures that are commonly used to examine your brain, spine and your abdomen.

Payment Options

Accessing private healthcare is easy, whether you choose to pay directly or use private medical insurance.

If you are paying for yourself, we can usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our easy payment options.

If you have insurance, we can arrange direct settlement with your insurance provider, although you should check in advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medical insurance page.

For more information about the diagnostic and imaging service at BMI The Droitwich Hospital, please contact us by phone 01905 793 388, by fax 01905 793 340 or make an online enquiry.

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BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital

BMI The Droitwich Spa Hospital

St Andrews Road,
Droitwich Spa,
Warwickshire.
WR9 8DN


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