Why Get One?

Why Should I Get a Health Scan?

Private companies are now promoting health scans, while the NHS normally uses such scans if a doctor suspects a patient has a certain problem such as lung disease. Private health scans can be very expensive but if you believe that you have a problem, or just want to set your mind at rest about something, then a health scan may be the answer.

If you suffer from chest pains of have a history of heart disease in your family then you may want to consider a CT scan, sometimes called a cat scan, as this can reveal heart problems. A CT scan uses a beam of radiation to show up areas of the body that might otherwise not be seen. The great thing about a CT scan is that it can give an indication as to whether heart disease may develop as much as ten or fifteen years in the future.

A Dexa scan might be appropriate for you if your family has a history of osteoporosis. This scan is quick and easy and uses low energy Xrays to measure bone density. If you believe that you have a problem with one or more of your organs than an ultrasound scan might be the way to go, this scan is perfectly safe.

Make sure that you have all the information you need before you approach your practitioner for a health scan. You should seek the advice of your GP to see whether you actually need a health scan before going ahead with one.