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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.



  • 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.


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