Diagnostic centres are there to provide patients with a whole range of diagnostic tests and screening generally on an out-patients basis. If you have been referred for tests and are not required to stay in hospital overnight you would be classed as an outpatient or day patient; many diagnostic tests and screening procedures would be carried out on an outpatient basis.
Diagnostic centres can offer you private outpatient consultations covering a whole range of medical conditions. Theses specialist centres offer you modern diagnostic equipment and highly trained medical staff. By utilising the services offered at a diagnostic centre you could save valuable time on waiting for the necessary tests to be complete and results provided via the NHS.
What is a diagnostic test?
A diagnostic test is an examination to identify an individual’s specific areas of weakness and strength in order determine a condition, disease or illness. When you have seen your GP in relation to a medical issue or condition, they may refer you to a specialist diagnostic centre or hospital for diagnostic tests to be carried out in order to achieve the correct diagnosis.
What sort of tests can be complete at a diagnostic centre?
MRI scans • CT Scans • X-rays • Ultrasound • Bone density scanning • ECHO • Haematology
Diagnostic centres may also offer Health Screening or assessments which should be booked in advance.
What happens to the results of your diagnostic tests?
As an example, if you were referred for an MRI scan at a specialist diagnostic centre, the scan would take place (this could take up to 60 minutes depending on how many of the areas are being scanned) An expert consultant radiologist would then study the scan results and send a report to your referring clinician. You would then arrange an appointment with your referring clinician to discuss the results of the scan.
Some diagnostic centres have their own in-house private GP’s and therefore you may have your referral and discuss your results all under one roof.
How expensive are the diagnostic tests?
If you have Private Medical Insurance you may have cover for Diagnostic tests as part of your policy, always pre-authorise your tests with your insurance provider before commencing treatment.
The cost of diagnostic tests will vary widely depending on the areas being scanned and where you are having your treatment; a simple MRI scan could be as low as £200 and an X-ray as low as £40.
Many UK diagnostic centres do work with the Private Medical Insurance providers as well as accepting self-funding patients.