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Scans and investigations

Our range of scans and investigations can shed light on your health.

Modern technology allows doctors to see inside your body in a way previously only possible through surgery. Alongside more familiar tools such as X-rays and blood tests, advanced equipment such as our MRI and CT scanners can help your doctor identify and monitor a variety of conditions.

Barium enema

A liquid that coats the large bowel, so it can be seen on an X-ray.

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Barium swallow and barium meal

A procedure that allows doctors to view difficult to see gut problems.

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Bladder investigations (cystoscopy)

A long thin tube looks inside your bladder to check for problems.

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Bupa health assessments

Hello health assessment. Hello healthy me.

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Capsule endoscopy (pillcam)

Swallow a pill-sized camera to investigate your small bowel.

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Cardiac CT scan (heart CT)

Checks your heart using a CT scanner to investigate cardiac conditions.

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Cardiac MRI scan (heart MRI)

Detailed pictures of your heart using magnetic resonance imaging.

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Contrast echocardiogram

A type of scan using sound waves to diagnose any heart problems.

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CT scan

Specialised X-rays to look for signs of inflammation, disease or cancer.

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ECG monitoring or event recorder - 24/48 hour

Tracks changes to your heart's electrical activity and rhythm over a period…

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ED-1000 for erectile dysfunction

Uses shockwaves to stimulate blood flow to the penis.

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Exercise test

Measures the electrical activity of your heart to detect abnormalities.

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Exercise ECG

Measures your blood pressure and heart’s response to exercise.

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Flexible sigmoidoscopy

An investigation of your rectum and the lower part of the bowel.

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Kidney X-ray (retrograde pyelogram)

Investigates how your urinary system is working.

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Mammogram (mammography)

Low dose X-ray vital to helping detect breast cancer in its early stages.

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MRI scan (magnetic resonance imaging scan)

Multi-dimensional scans to investigate many types of different conditions.

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Nerve conduction studies and Electromyography (EMG)

Helps diagnose the reason why you might be experiencing numbness.

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Stress electrocardiogram

Tests how your heart reacts when you’re physically exerting yourself.

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Ultrasound scan

Examines internal organs and blood flow to diagnose or monitor conditions.

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Urodynamics

A test to help investigate bladder problems.

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Virtual colonoscopy

Check for growths in the colon using X-rays and computer imagery.

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X-ray

Investigates and diagnoses a variety of health conditions.

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Fertility tests

Tests for men and women to determine the cause of infertility problems.

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Are scans and investigations for you?

Information is power when it comes to healthcare. Scans and investigations help your GP or consultant confirm a diagnosis, monitor a particular condition or give you peace of mind. This means you can begin or change treatment at the right time. If you’re feeling run-down or you have a family history of a genetic condition, tests can also offer reassurance or provide an early warning of health problems. Having the information is the first step towards reclaiming control of your health. Advances in technology and medical research mean that the number of scans and investigations that help keep you healthy or diagnose disease is growing all the time.


Why choose Spire Edinburgh Hospitals for your scans and investigations?

Whether you’re insured or paying for yourself you can get quick access to some of the latest generation diagnostic equipment and scanners by booking with Spire. You can choose which of our immaculate hospitals to visit at a time convenient to you – and with no waiting. After your test we’ll send the results to your doctor straight away. We’ve won many awards for the quality of our care and think our patients agree - we received a 98% patient satisfaction rating in 2014.