Because it gives your doctor a lot more information about you and your condition than other scanning options.
Traditional imaging of the legs involves plain X-rays, which are two-dimensional (flat). The standard is a view from above and from the side and it is then up to your doctor to estimate how that would look in 3D.
With our scanners, a 3D scan can be taken while you are standing up. This shows any pressure on your joints and gives your doctor a much better picture of what might be wrong. This means they can better plan your treatment and recovery.
It is as safe as a standard set of X-rays. Our scanners use Cone Beam CT (CBCT) to produce 3D images. The radiation dosage is much lower than traditional CT scans and is equivalent to a standard series of X- rays. To give you an idea of the radiation exposure, it is lower than that of a transatlantic flight.
Cone Beam CT (CBCT) uses a concentrated, low-power X-ray beam instead of a fan-shaped, high-output X-ray beam. This results in a lower radiation dosage and means a CBCT is much quicker than traditional “slice” CT. In addition both legs are scanned at the same time, allowing the opposite side to act as a normal comparison without you having to have another set of scans taken (meaning you don’t have any additional radiation exposure).
Yes you can. Unlike a traditional CT scanner you can walk into a PedCAT, LineUP or HiRise scanner. You are not enclosed apart from the portion of the leg or arm that is being scanned.
Yes. Our scanner also has a seat so that you can still benefit from the rapid scan and diagnosis. Your scan won’t show any weight bearing information, but your doctor will still get a useful 3D scan result.
If you are wearing a plaster cast the scan can still be useful for diagnosis without needing to remove it, although often your consultant will ask to have it removed before the scan to enable the best possible images.
A standing CT costs in the region of £500-£650 for a single body part when you have a referral from a registered clinician referrer. For a multi-body part scan the costs are in the region of £750-£1,000. Each hospital will have slightly different charges. If you do not have a referral, you will need this from your consultant before we can book you in for a scan. Access the referral form here.
We do not currently offer scans directly to individuals without a referral from a clinician.
While a scan will not directly harm the baby, we cannot scan patients who are, or might be, pregnant unless their doctor can confirm that the benefits of a scan outweigh the risk. You will need to discuss this with your doctor, and they will have the final decision. In this situation we provide lead gowns to the patient to protect them as much as possible.
Call our booking line on 0800 047 1010 and we can book you a new appointment.
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