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April 24, 2017

Information is power when it comes to healthcare. Scans and investigations assist with confirming a diagnosis, monitoring a particular condition or just giving peace of mind. This also means treatment can begin or be changed at the correct time. Diagnostic tests and imaging can offer reassurance or provide an early warning of health problems.

Modern technology allows doctors to see inside the body in a way previously only possible through surgery. Alongside more familiar tools such as X-rays and blood tests, advanced equipment such as MRI and CT scanners can help specialists identify and monitor a variety of conditions. Advances in technology and medical research mean that the number of scans and investigations available is growing all the time.


A computerised tomography (CT) scan is a non-invasive medical test that can help look for signs of inflammation, disease or cancer, as well as monitoring many other health conditions. It uses specialised X-ray equipment and a computer to create images of the inside of your body.


An ultrasound is a scan that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the inside of the body. It is used to look for any changes in organs and tissue, diagnose a condition, or guide a surgeon during certain procedures.


A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses magnets and radio waves to produce both two- and three-dimensional pictures of the inside of the body. It’s suitable for every part of the body, including bones, soft tissues (such as blood vessels, ligaments and muscles) and the brain, and can help to diagnose and monitor many different medical conditions.


An X-ray is a quick and painless procedure used to diagnose many health conditions. It involves exposing part of the body to a small dose of ionising radiation (X-rays), which can take images of bones and can also be used to look at the heart, lungs and blood vessels.

Spire Washington Hospital has invested over £2 million on state-of-the-art MRI and CT scanners over the last decade, with its radiology department seeing 1500 patients, on average, per month.

Whether you’re insured or paying for your own treatment, you can get quick access to some of the latest next generation diagnostic equipment and scanners by booking at Spire Washington Hospital.

You are able to choose an appointment time that is convenient to you and results will be sent to your doctor immediately following your test.

For more information on diagnostic imaging call one of the friendly customer service advisers on 0191 448 9514

Spire Washington Hospital

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