Scans abroad can help to identify specialist centres overseas. Scans, or the act of scanning, converts an object or image into a digital image using a scanner (usually computers). Often referred to as medical imaging, scans are used to display body parts to gather information to reveal, diagnose and examine issues. The CT or CAT scans for example use a 360-degree x-ray beam and computer to develop images, which allow for cross-sectional views of body organs and tissue.

Common scan procedures

There are a wide variety of scans available, with the most common being:

  • computer tomography (CT/CAT)
  • bone scans
  • spiral CAT scans
  • nuchal fold scans
  • thyroid scans
  • echocardiograph (EKG)
  • mammography
  • positron emission tomography (PET)
  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • coronary angiography
  • bone densitometry


For a full list of available destinations for scans, please refer to the search box to the right.

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Page last updated: Monday, 23rd November 2009