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Diagnostics

The diagnostics available within the centre are the very latest technology available, everything from an x-ray to an MRI scan can be arranged on the day.

We have a dedicated team of radiologists and nurses available to support any referral requests from internal or external consultants or GPs. Patients will get their results the same day even when they have multiple investigations.

Imaging


Our Imaging department is fully equipped with the very latest technology including:

3T MRI


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to create high quality digital images of tissues, organs and other structures inside the body.

The Diagnostic Centre has the most advanced MRI facilities, including a 3-Tesla (3-T) MRI (‘Tesla’ is the industry standard for measuring the strength of each magnet). The 3-T MRI scanner is twice as strong as most MRI scanners in the UK, enabling us to scan faster and with greater detail.

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High definition CT


The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre’s CT scanner offers the latest high definition capability. CT scans, which produce more detailed images of structures inside the body than conventional X-rays, can be used to diagnose or monitor many different health conditions including cancer and heart disease. They can also be used to provide information prior to another procedure taking place, such as surgery or radiotherapy treatment.

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Digital X-ray


At The Harley Street Clinic Diagnostic Centre we use digital X-ray sensors instead of traditional photographic film. This speeds up the process of detecting fractures or other problems, enabling images to be digitally enhanced before being sent on to the consultant.

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Ultrasound


Ultrasound scanners, often used to monitor pregnancy, can also be used to detect problems in other areas of the body including the heart, liver, kidneys and abdomen. Using sound waves rather than radiation means the procedure is considered safer than conventional X-rays.

  • Internal ultrasound is used to detect problems with the ovaries or uterus, or to detect conditions such as prostate cancer. A probe is passed into the vagina or rectum and the image is displayed on a monitor.
  • Endoscopic ultrasound, where a thin, flexible tube is inserted through the mouth, is sometimes used to diagnose problems in the throat, stomach or chest.

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Mammography


Mammograms allow the breasts to be X-rayed in detail to diagnose problems including cancerous tumours before they are large enough to be felt. Having a mammogram involves the health professional placing each breast between two plastic plates, before compressing them to take an X-ray. Each breast is X-rayed twice, from different angles.

Usually offered regularly to women between the ages of 50-70, mammograms are also recommended for those who have a family history of breast cancer or are worried about their symptoms.

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Cardiac diagnostics


The Harley Street Clinic’s Cardiac Diagnostic Centre at 16 Devonshire Street is the centre of choice and diagnostic gateway for London’s top consultant cardiologists.

Patients receive close attention in the comfort of this purpose-designed facility – Harley Street’s only internationally recognised Cardiac Centre of Excellence.

Tel: 0808 1 4 43278 (0808 1 4 HEART)
Calls charged at just 2p per minute from BT Landline.
Rates may vary for other providers.

Overseas: 00 44 (0)20 7034 8713

Email: CardiacDiagnostics.HSC@hcahealthcare.co.uk

Tests include:

  • Cardiography
  • Echocardiography and Carotid Doppler
  • Stress Echocardiography
  • Foetal Cardiography
  • Pacemaker and ICD Checking Service
  • Cardio Memo
  • Ambulatory Electrocardiography (24hr/48hr/72hr/7d)
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Tilt Testing
  • Stress Exercise Testing
  • Thallium Scanning
  • Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation/Follow Up
  • Diagnostic Cardiac Imaging

Echocardiography with spectral and colour doppler
Echocardiography with spectral and colour doppler are the non-invasive investigations of choice for valve lesions, heart muscle disorders (including hypertension and heart failure) and congenital heart disease. All studies are performed and reported personally by consultant staff and immediate reports provided if required. Studies are retained on videotape and measurement data stored on a computer database to provide comparisons.

Ambulatory Electrocardiography
Ambulatory Electrocardiography is the diagnosis and management of arrhythmias and their response to drug treatment. The patient is fitted with a Holter monitor. The quality of the recording is checked before the patient leaves. The entire 24 hour tape is then analysed and, if required, can be reported by a Cardiologist.

24 hour tape analysis service
24 hour tape analysis service is analysed by an experienced technician and reported by a Cardiologist within 24 hours.

Cardiomemo
Cardiomemo is for patients with intermittent abnormal heart beats, pain or palpitations. The cardiomemo allows the ECG to be recorded whenever symptoms occur. The cardiomemo is kept by the patient for a period of one week and 30 second ECG recordings of the cardiac events are sent via the telephone to the Clinic for analysis. All information is interpreted by a Cardiologist and immediate reports provided.

Exercise Electrocardiography
Exercise Electrocardiography is a test with a wide variety of applications. It is particularly useful in the diagnosis and assessment of coronary artery disease both symptomatic and asymptomatic. The investigation is carried out by technical staff and a doctor permanently in attendance. Both the electrocardiograph and blood pressure changes are monitored throughout the test and results provided within 24 hours.

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