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Information for patients

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Information for patients

If you are a patient your doctor will determine which type of scan you will need for your particular condition and then refer you to our Centre.

When you arrive at the CISC entrance please turn right, press the button on the intercom by the double doors and our reception staff will open the door for you. The receptionist will then show you to the waiting area and ask you to complete any paperwork required before your scan. Please do not hesitate to ask for help with any of the forms.

At the Centre we have tea/coffee-making facilities. However, certain types of scan require patients to fast beforehand so we ask that you speak with the receptionist first to check whether this would affect your scan. We are more than happy to arrange for you to speak to a radiographer who will be able to put your mind at ease if you have any concerns about any aspect of your scan.

COVID-19 update

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors should read the additional patient information sheet, which can be downloaded below.

Download our patient COVID information sheet here >

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MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI as it is more commonly called, creates non-invasive images of the human body using a powerful magnetic field and radio waves.

Download the MRI patient guide >

CT (Computer Tomography)

Computer Tomography, or CT, creates high resolution, non-invasive images by taking cross sectional slices through the body.

Superior 3-dimensional images are then produced from these 2-dimensional slices to illuminate diseases not normally visible by conventional x-ray.

Download the CT patient guide >

PET-64 slice CT (Positron Emission Tomography – Computer Tomography)

PET-CT, as it is commonly known, effectively combines two imaging devices in one. Detailed anatomical X-ray CT images are merged with imaging data collected following the administration of a radioactive substance to the patient. The images acquired from both devices are blended into a single superimposed 3-dimensional image.

PET-CT has been successfully used in diagnostic imaging where it can be used to gain detailed information about the location and severity of inflammation, infection and disease. It can, for example, be used to monitor degenerative diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer's. The speed and capability of PET-CT to produce high-resolution images also makes it ideal for scanning moving structures such as the heart.

Download the PET-CT patient guide >