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The London Clinic is the first private hospital in the UK to offer patients the latest diagnostic imaging with the new Siemens MAGNETOM Vida 3T MRI scanner.
DEXA means ‘dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. This test measures the density of bone. If bone is very dense, it will only let a certain amount of X-rays pass through it. Less dense bone will let more X-ray pass through. The machine will send low dose x-rays from two different sources through the bone as this improves accuracy.
Nuclear medicine uses radioactive pharmaceuticals to produce images of various organs of the body as well as disease. Not only can we look at the structure of an organ, but also how it works. The images are developed based on the detection of energy emitted from a radioactive substance which is given to the patient either intravenously or by mouth.
PET/CT whole body scans are used to look for disease, inflammation or infection in your body. The PET (positron emission tomography) identifies physiological changes in your body. The CT scan shows the body's structure.
Ultrasound is a painless test involving the use of sound waves. Ultrasound scanners use high-frequency sound waves to create an image of the inside of the body. Ultrasounds are used to look for changes in tissue in organs. There are no harmful affects.
A vascular scan is a non-invasive, painless scan using high frequency sound waves to assess the blood flow in the arteries and veins throughout the body. This is done by placing a probe on the skin with some ultrasound gel and then passing the probe across the skin with light pressure.
X-rays are a type of high energy radiation that can pass through the body. Dense tissue such as bone blocks x-rays, meaning that an x-ray image will show the inside of your body, using the body’s density as the image’s ‘dark’ and ‘light’ sections of the image. These images, interpreted by a radiologist, can diagnose many conditions.