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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.
- What is X-ray used for?
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.
- Is it safe?
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.
- What is ultrasound used for?
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.
- Is it safe?
The ultrasound equipment at Cobalt is operated by Specialist Consultant Radiologists and is completely safe.
- I would like to book myself for a whole body scan for my peace of mind, is that possible?
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).
- I'm a medical professional, can I refer myself?
No, we do not accept self-referrals.
- I'm in pain, can I refer myself?
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.
- How long will I have to wait for my report?
Reports are usually completed within a working week.
- What's the difference between CT and MRI?
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.
- Is there parking?
Yes, there is plenty of free parking on site at the Imaging Centre.
- Do I need to bring my wheelchair?
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.