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General enquiries:
+44 (0)207 935 4444
Book an appointment:
+44 (0)207 616 7693
Self-pay enquiry:
+44 (0)203 219 3315

Back pain and neck pain are common complaints and both have a wide variety of causes. Systematic investigation needs to be done to use different types of imaging to visualise any fractures, tears or other abnormalities.


X-ray facilities at The London Clinic allow for diagnostic X-rays for spinal conditions and also for follow-up X-rays to monitor the success of surgical treatment. Your consultant will book the facilities for you and order any special equipment depending on whether you need to be sitting, standing or lying down for X-ray imaging. 

CT scans

CT scans provide an accurate picture of the bones in the spine, and can be used to detect fractures, disc problems, bone erosion and if bone has been destroyed by the growth of a tumour.

MRI scans

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a very good technique for visualising the soft tissue as well as the bones of the spine. At The London Clinic we have the latest MRI scanners available on-site and bookings for investigations can usually be made very quickly.

Spinal problems are often diagnosed by having an MRI scan in a position that does not involve lying flat in the scanner. The exact position will depend on your spine and the assessment by your consultant.


Discography uses modified X-rays to take detailed images of the verterbral discs, which can help diagnosed a range of disc problems.

Bone scans

We use 2 different bone scanning techniques to investigate if there is any inflammatory damage in the joints or the bones themselves, and also to measure bone density:

  • Inflammatory damage is assessed using a scan involving different isotopes, most often Technetium99, a radioactive isotope that is injected into a vein before the scan. Imaging will then reveal any areas of active inflammation, and it can also detect the presence of bone tumours. Radioactive isotope scanning can highlight inflammation within the vertebral joints in the spine and can also show how well a bone fracture is healing.
  • A dexa bone densitometry scanner can assess whether osteoporosis is present, or whether the bones are losing density because of another underlying problem. Women are prone to developing osteoporosis after the menopause and this can lead to various spinal abnormalities and problems. We need to check all patients who need a spinal fusion as osteoporosis can reduce the chances of a successful outcome.


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Facilitating acute admissions into The London Clinic whilst maintaining the highest levels of safety and care, supported by a consultant on-call rota.

Concierge service

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We can support our patients with travel, hotel accommodation, London tours, plus theatre and restaurant reservations.

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Main numbers

General enquiries: 020 7935 4444 Appointments: 020 7616 7693 Self-Pay: 020 3219 3315

Other numbers

Concierge service: 020 3219 3323International office: 020 3 219 3266Invoice and payment enquiries: 020 7616 7708

Your call may be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

Medical service numbers

Breast services appointments: 020 7616 7653 Diagnostics appointments: 020 7616 7653 Endoscopy appointments: 020 7616 7760 Eye centre appointments: 020 7616 7768 Haematology appointments: 020 7535 5503 Kidney services appointments: 020 7224 5234 Liver services appointments: 020 7616 7719 Physiotherapy appointments: 020 7616 7651 Radiology appointments: 020 7616 7653

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