Computed tomography or CT Scanning is a procedure that uses X-rays and computer programmes to construct a series of images of the body, in either 2D or 3D for diagnostic purposes.
CT scans are capable of analysing different types of body tissue, including lung, bone, soft tissue and blood vessels. They can be carried out on any part of the body.
Our expert radiologists at Sevenoaks Medical Centre use these scans to help in the diagnosis of:
- Heart disease
- Vascular diseases
- Muscular and joint injuries
- Musculoskeletal disorders
CT scans at Sevenoaks Medical Centre
We use the latest, leading-edge CT Scanning technology. With rapid scanning capabilities and less radiation exposure time, we enable fast diagnosis and keep patient radiation dose levels to a minimum.
Our Diagnostic Department covers the full body, orthopaedic and neurological scans, including specialised examinations, such as:
Coronary calcium scoring
Calcium scoring looks for calcification in the coronary arteries, which is then tracked and recorded. The CT scan is used to measure and detect calcified plaque in the walls of the coronary arteries. If calcium is detected, the results are assessed using a database of over 25,000 individuals. The results are plotted against a patient’s peers, based on age and gender. This helps to assess the relative risk and potential of the hardening of the artery walls, known as atherosclerosis.
Virtual (CT) colonography
Virtual colonography is less invasive than a conventional colonoscopy and can be performed on an outpatient basis. This procedure allows for the examination of the large bowel (colon) and surrounding area. We do this to look for the polyps and lesions that could be signs of bowel cancer. Using data from the CT scan and specialist software, we produce a virtual ‘3D fly-through’ visualisation of the colon, and collect information from other organs within the abdomen to assist with diagnosis. Special dietary preparation is necessary for this procedure.
Cervical or lumbar facet joint or nerve root injections
Facet joint or nerve root injections are carried out to relieve pain usually in the neck, back and legs. The procedure involves the injection of local anaesthetic directly to the effected joint, or into the path of a small nerve that supplies feeling to the afflicted area. An injection of long-acting corticosteroids can help to reduce inflammation and also provide long-term pain relief.
How we can help you
- Our diagnostic services aim to deliver results within 48 hours of a procedure taking place. We understand that a medical condition can be stressful and aim to see patients on the same day they contact us or the next day, if possible.
- Our specialist radiographers provide detailed information on your procedure to our consultants, who come from London’s top teaching hospitals. Improved information gathering enables consultants to make more accurate diagnosis and suggest the most effective forms of treatment.
- Utilising high-end diagnostic technology, we are able to carry out faster, non-invasive procedures and provide faster more accurate diagnosis.
- Our CT scanning technology allows us to tailor our care to a patient’s specific needs and recommend treatment and recovery plans, based on their individual requirements.
- Our diagnostic services lead to a more accurate diagnosis and effective treatment, which in turns leads to more successful recovery for our patients.
To find out more about our CT scanning technology, or to arrange an appointment, please call 01732 775 800 or use our online appointment request form.