Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
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Diagnostic Imaging Services
A diagnostic scan is a type of test ordered by medical professionals to help them to diagnose patients’ conditions, check how effective certain treatments are and plan appropriate treatment. The different types of diagnostic scans we offer are MRI, PET/CT, CT, Cone Beam CT, X-ray and Ultrasound.
Cone Beam CT
We understand that you might have lots of questions about what to expect when you come for a scan, how to find us or what happens next after your appointment. Please take a look here at the questions we are often asked. If you still have questions, we are happy to help please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The X-ray examination is able to demonstrate where a foreign object or implant is anatomically in the body, and whether it has any metallic component. X-rays may be requested by our referrers, including our Rapid Access Clinicians.
The X-ray room uses ionising radiation when taking an image therefore females of childbearing age will be asked about pregnancy prior to the examination taking place.
Ultrasound is a diagnostic tool. Ultrasound utilises high frequency sound waves to create images of internal body parts and structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, vessels and internal organs to look for changes.
The ultrasound equipment at Cobalt is operated by Specialist Consultant Radiologists and is completely safe.
Cobalt does not provide health screening scans. If a scan is clinically needed, we require a referral from a medical professional (this can be a consultant, a GP, a physiotherapist, a chiroprator, an osteopath, an extended scope practitioner or dentist).
No, we do not accept self-referrals.
We need a medically qualified practitioner to refer you for a scan. This could be a Consultant, GP, Osteopath, Physiotherapist, Chiropractor, Extended Scope Practitioner or dentist.
Reports are usually completed within a working week.
CT is computerised tomography and is used to provide a picture of the structure inside your body. A special type of X-ray machine is used to produce cross sectional images of your body. This involves being exposed to a small amount of radiation. The dose is equivalent to the amount of natural radiation you would receive over a period of three years.
MRI uses a powerful magnet providing high quality images. Surfaces, cartilage, ligaments and muscles can be seen in greater detail.
Yes, there is plenty of free parking on site at the Imaging Centre.
Please bring your wheelchair with you. If you are having an MRI scan, you will need to use a special MRI compatible wheelchair when you go through for your scan. These are available from the reception area.