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CT Scan

A CT scanner is a specialised x-ray machine which creates a series of detailed images of the body. CT scanning involves the use of X-rays. Our scanner uses cutting edge technology to keep radiation exposure time and patient dose levels to a minimum.

Your doctor believes it is advisable that you should have this examination; we believe that the benefits of having a scan far outweigh the risk to your health. There are greater risks from missing a serious disorder by not having your scan. If you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.

All general CT examinations are carried out in the Shard facility; these include oncology, urology, neurology, ENT and MSK procedures. More specialised scans including CT coronary angiograms and virtual colonography and facet joint injections are performed on our CT scanner at London Bridge Hospital. Further information on these procedures is available by contacting the department.

Consent (agreement)

We ensure that every patient is fully informed of the risks and benefits of a procedure or treatment. If you are having a complex CT procedure, we will ask you to sign a consent form. This form records your agreement to have the scan. Please ask if you have any questions about the risks and benefits of the scan.

Many CT examinations involve you having a contrast medium injected into a vein to increase the quality of information obtained from the scan. The injection usually causes nothing more than a warm feeling passing around your body.

Female patients:

If you are pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, please tell us before your scan.


Preparation for a CT scan depends on the area being examined. You may be asked not to eat for four hours before your appointment if you need to have an injection of contrast. You can continue to drink as normal.

How services at HCA Healthcare UK at The Shard can help

  • We are usually able to offer CT appointments on the same or next day.
  • The results are available for our consultants who come to us from London’s top teaching hospitals within 48 hours of a procedure taking place.
  • Utilising cutting-edge diagnostic technology we are able to carry out more non-invasive procedures and provide faster diagnosis.

To find out more about CT scanning and the services we offer, or to arrange an appointment, please call 020 7234 2773 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)