There are a multitude of different types of scans and investigations that doctors can arrange to help with diagnosis and management of various conditions.
However its important to remember that very often a scan or 'test' won't tell you exactly what's right or wrong, and they should only be used in appropriate cases and interpreted by trained clinicians.
If your doctor has referred you for an X-Ray, he or she will normally give you the request card and you can then go to the sit and wait clinic at the radiology department at St Luke's Hospital. This runs every week day.
We have also recently arranged to have ultrasound scanning services running from our main Leylands branch. With the free parking and quick appointment times, we hope this will be more convenient for patients, instead of having to go to hospital.
Most other scans and tests will be arranged at a local hospital and once referred by your GP, you will normally receive a letter through the post.
The majority of investigation results will be sent to us within ten days of the date of your examination, so please wait until after this for contacting us about the result.
Why not register for our text message service to get a notification when your result is back?
Find out more about different types of scans on the NHS Choices Website