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Your X-rays explained.

WHEN diagnosing your symptoms, doctors can use a number of tests to help improve diagnostic accuracy.

Currently at Nuffield Health Cardiff & Vale Hospitals there is no waiting time to ensure that you can have the necessary X-ray or any of a number of more complex examinations right away, to speed up your diagnosis.

For many patients, the medical terms used can be confusing. Here, radiography specialists explain some of the common tests on offer privately and what this is likely to cost.

An extensive range of X-rays to cover conditions affecting the chest, hands and feet, the back, legs, hips and the jaw are available, which cost from PS90.

In addition, fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie in real time, which is especially useful for guiding a variety of diagnostic and interventional procedures. These include barium tests, spinal injections, contrast-enhanced examinations of the joints (arthrography and sometimes simultaneously combined with MRI), urodynamics - bladder function tests, gastric band screening and examinations to detect fertility problems. The price range for fluoroscopy tests is from PS180 to PS493.

Nuffield Health Cardiff and Vale Hospitals are equipped with the latest software for their Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner, and currently immediate access is available, with MRI scans costing from PS295. Examinations include orthopaedic, neurological, gastrointestinal, gynaecological, prostate and breast scans. Prices for CT scans start from PS445. Our state-of-the-art 128 slice mobile Computerised Tomography (CT) scanner looks at the brain, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, kidneys, sinus and feet and hands, as well as performing colonography, to look for polyps inside the bowel or cancers in the colon or rectum.

Ultrasound examinations are used to provide diagnostic scans and can also be used to guide injections or fine-needle aspirations. Ultrasound diagnostic tests start at PS212. In addition to orthopaedic scans, ultrasound is used to view soft tissue, the abdomen, neck and breast and to assess urological and gynaecological symptoms.

Additionally, at our weekly one-stop breast clinic, symptomatic patients have a consultation, ultrasound and a mammogram if appropriate. Where possible, the results, as well as reassurance, will be provided at the same visit. The cost for this breast clinic ranges from PS330 to PS396. Where necessary, fineneedle aspiration (FNA) or core biopsy can be carried out on the same day.

Radiographer Anita Cox said: "This is just a whistle-stop tour of the various diagnostic imaging we provide. Our team consists of nine specialist radiographers working at both hospital sites with Nuffield Health consultant radiologists. We will be more than happy to explain the process of any examination in more detail, please ring on 029 2083 6700 or see our consultant radiologist profiles on our website at:"


Nuffield Health radiography manager Anita Cox (third from left) with radiographers Gavin Kingsley, Diana Berezai and Laura Kleinberg in the MRI suite

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 18, 2015
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