CT Scan

Summary

A CT scan is a specialist diagnostic test that uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body.  CT scans are also sometimes known as CAT scans, which stands for computerised axial tomography.

CT scans provide detailed information to your consultant  to help with their diagnosis. The results can confirm or rule out a suspected diagnosis but can also help identify conditions that were not suspected.  Unlike other imaging techniques, such as x-rays, CT scans can provide detailed images of many types of tissue, including bone, lung tissue, soft tissue and blood vessels.

CT scans are also sometimes used to prepare for further tests and treatments.  For example, as CT scans can identify both normal and abnormal tissue, they can be useful when planning radiotherapy treatment.  CT scanning can also act as a guide during a needle biopsy (where a sample of tissue is taken so it can be examined more closely).

  • Arranging your Treatment

    Before going ahead with this treatment, you will need to have an initial consultation with a specialist Consultant to go through your medical history and diagnosis. At this appointment, your consultant will confirm the exact treatment you require. If you would like to have an initial consultation, you can call us and we can help you find the consultant best for you. Alternatively, if you have already been diagnosed as needing a particular operation or treatment, our Reservations team can give you a guide price for this to be carried out at KIMS Hospital and book an appointment for you to meet a consultant. Call our Reservations team on +44 (0) 1622 237 727 or email reservations@kims.org.uk.

  • Paying for your Treatment

    You can be treated at KIMS by using your private medical insurance or by paying for yourself. If you have private medical insurance, you will need to contact your insurer to ensure you are covered for the initial consultation prior to making an appointment and obtain an authorisation number. The insurance company will then need to be advised if you require further treatment. The insurance company usually settles bills on your behalf. If you are paying for your own treatment, you will need to pay for an initial consultation. This will be confirmed at the time of booking but is typically £150-£250. You will also need to pay for any associated diagnostic tests your consultant recommends (for example x-rays and blood tests). Following this consultation, if you don’t need any further treatment or if you decide paying for yourself isn’t the right option, there is no commitment to proceed further. If you require the operation or procedure to be carried out, you will receive a quote for your treatment. In most case this will be the fixed price package quoted on this website. If this quote is different for any reason, we will provide an explanation (see what’s included below). This quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital. Payment is required 7 days prior to admission.

  • Prices

    The table below shows the approximate price for CT Scans , which may vary depending on your individual case (see what’s included below).

    CT Scan – 1 Part

    Patient pathwayInitial consultationDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/a£500.00n/an/a£500
    Guide priceNil£500.00NilNil£500

    CT Scan – 2 Parts

    Patient pathwayInitial consultationDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/a£700.00n/an/a£700
    Guide priceNil£700.00NilNil£700

    CT Scan – 3 Parts

    Patient pathwayInitial consultationDiagnostic investigationsMain treatmentPost-discharge careGuide Price
    Hospital feesn/a£900.00n/an/a£900
    Guide priceNil£900.00NilNil£900

     

  • What’s Included

    The fixed price package above includes all the costs associated with this treatment at KIMS Hospital. You will be given a quote prior to admission to confirm this cost. The amount you are quoted may differ from the published price for a number of reasons: • The Consultant you choose • Your medical history and whether you have any associated medical conditions which may impact this treatment • The type of anaesthetic your Consultant advises is best for you • The type of implant or drug you choose or your Consultant advises is best for you In some cases, if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions, it may not be possible to provide you with a fixed price for your Main Treatment. If this is the case, the hospital will discuss the available options with you. Your quote is also subject to pre-assessment checks prior to your admission to hospital.

A CT scan takes up to 10 minutes to perform and is carried out in the imaging department. Before the scan  you will  be asked about any existing health conditions, whether you are taking any medication, and if you have any allergies. This is to make sure that there’s no risk of an adverse reaction during the scan. Before the scan, you may be asked to remove your clothing and put on a gown. You’ll also be asked to remove any jewellery, as metal interferes with the scanning equipment.  If you’re having a head scan, you may also be asked to remove dentures, hair clips and hearing aids.

During the diagnostic procedure you will usually lie on your back on a flat bed. The CT scanner consists of an X-ray tube that rotates around your body. You’ll usually be moved continuously through this rotating beam. While each scan is being taken, you will need to lie very still. You may be asked to breathe in, breathe out, or hold your breath at certain points. This ensures that the scan images aren’t blurred. The X-ray unit inside the ring will rotate around you. Each time it goes round it creates a new X-ray scan. The bed will move forward slightly after each scan is completed.

For some CT scans, such as those investigating the brain or abdomen, you may be given an injection of contrast intravenously (injected into the bloodstream)This is a liquid that contains a dye that shows up clearly on the images of certain tissues or blood vessels. It helps distinguish blood vessels from other structures in your body. you may be given other contrast media, depending on the part of your body being scanned. this may be be swallowed in the form of a drink,or given as an enema in your back passage, The results of your CT scan won’t be available immediately. The scan will be reviewed and analysed by a radiologist. The radiologist will write a report and send it to your consultant who will arrange a consultation shortly after to discuss your results in person.