What you need to know about private scans
Diagnostic scans are one of the cornerstones of modern medicine, providing doctors and surgeons with detailed imagery of the whole body or a certain site. But not all scans are alike – in fact, there are a broad range of scans that are commonly used to identify, investigate, and diagnose medical conditions.
The most commonly used scans for diagnostic purposes include MRI, CT, X-ray, and ultrasound. Each type has its strengths and weaknesses, and is usually used in certain conditions due to these factors.
MRI scans, for instance, can produce highly detailed images thanks to the strong magnetic forces used in the process, making them perfect for getting insights into herniated disks, torn ligaments, and other soft tissue issues. Ultrasound scans, on the other hand, use high frequency sound waves to produce an image, and are more suited to checking on an unborn baby in the womb.
In general, though, diagnostic scans can be used in almost all areas of medicine and healthcare for a huge range of purposes. These include investigating broken bones, conditions affecting soft tissue, cancerous growths, brain conditions, pregnancies, and organ conditions.
Some scans, such as X-ray, CT, and MRI scans, make use of radioactivity to generate an image and are handled by highly-qualified professionals called radiologists. Despite making use of radiation though, these scans are broadly seen as being entirely safe in moderation, with the dose of radiation received often being compared to everyday events like a plane journey.
Getting a diagnostic or maternity scan from a professional is mainly on recommendation from a GP, surgeon, or other healthcare consultant. They will usually indicate which type of scan is required and refer you to a specialist, but you’re also free to seek a private scan if you’d prefer.
If you’re looking for a private scan, no matter which type it is you need, browse options near you with My Health Assistant and book directly through our platform.