Computed tomography or CT scanning is a method of examining the body using X-rays and a computer to construct a series of cross-sectional images to form a 2D or 3D picture.
CT scans can be performed on any part of the body and can analyse several kinds of body tissue, including lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels, with great clarity.
Radiologists are able to then utilise these scans to diagnose different diseases, such as cancer, heart and vascular disease, injuries and musculoskeletal disorders.
CT scans at London Bridge Hospital
London Bridge Hospital Outpatients uses one of the most technologically advanced CT scanners available today. Our scanner is highly precise with rapid scanning capabilities. This reduces radiation exposure time and keeps a patient’s dose to a minimum.
Our scanning services encompass all types of body, orthopaedic and neurological scans, as well as more specialised examinations. This includes:
CT Coronary angiography (including coronary calcium scoring)
Calcium scoring looks for calcification in the coronary arteries, which can then be measured and scored. The CT scan images are used to accurately measure the level of calcified plaque in the walls of the coronary arteries. If calcium is detected, the result will be compared with a database of over 25,000 individuals. The results are plotted against your peers (by age and gender). This will enable us to assess your relative risk of atherosclerosis (the hardening of artery walls).
CT coronary angiography is a less invasive alternative to conventional catheter angiography and does not require a stay in hospital. With the recent advances in CT technology, the radiation dose of this procedure is now greatly reduced. The examination is done as an outpatient procedure and can be completed in about 20 minutes.
Virtual (CT) colonography
Virtual colonography is a diagnostic technique, which allows us to examine the large bowel (colon) and surrounding anatomy to detect polyps and lesions that could be signs of bowel cancer. Using data from the CT scan and specialised computer software, it is possible to produce a virtual '3D fly-through' movie of the colon. Detailed information on the other organs within the abdomen and pelvis is also obtained. Special dietary preparation is required for this procedure – please contact the department for an information pack.
The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and is less invasive than a conventional colonoscopy.
Cervical or lumbar facet joint or nerve root injections
Facet joint or nerve root injections are performed to treat pain – most commonly in the neck, back and legs. The procedure involves an injection of local anaesthetic either directly into the joint or into the path of the small nerve, which supplies sensation to the joint. The injection of long-acting corticosteroids at the same time can reduce inflammation and can often provide long-term relief.
Additional interventional procedures that we perform, such as CT guided biopsies and radiofrequency ablation, require a stay in hospital.
Why choose a CT scan at London Bridge Hospital
- We aim to provide our patients with same or next day appointments wherever possible, and with our diagnostic services strive to deliver results within 48 hours of the procedure.
- Our expert radiographers work alongside the top consultants from London’s leading teaching hospitals to provide clear information to assist with diagnosis.
- We use the latest diagnostic technology, allowing for non-invasive procedures and faster diagnosis.
- Our CT scanning technology helps to identify the best course of treatment for a patient and consequently allows us to tailor our care to their specific needs.
- Our diagnostic services are designed to lead to a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, allowing the best possible outcomes for our patients in terms of treatment and recovery.
To find out more about our CT scanning technology or to arrange an appointment at London Bridge Hospital Outpatients, please call: 020 3553 1705 or email us.
This service can be found at the following facilities: