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CT scan of the head

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    I have to go for a scan in a few weeks, just wondering how long it would it normally take to get the results?

    The scan is done through the NHS
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    I quote the content below from here: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/CT-scan...roduction.aspx

    The results of your scan will not be available immediately. A computer will need to process the information from your scan, which will then be analysed by a radiologist (a specialist in interpreting images of the body).

    After analysing the images, the radiologist will write a report and send it to your specialist or GP. This usually takes a few weeks.


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    About 24-48 hours, in general. But it can take up to 5 working days or be even quicker than a day, depending on the circumstances.

    EDIT: Post above disagrees with me and it's from the nhs website so I'd go with that. However, the answer above was what I got from my time on a radiotherapy ward.
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    Thanks a lot
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    (Original post by Blorcyn)
    About 24-48 hours, in general. But it can take up to 5 working days or be even quicker than a day, depending on the circumstances.

    EDIT: Post above disagrees with me and it's from the nhs website so I'd go with that. However, the answer above was what I got from my time on a radiotherapy ward.
    Inpatient scans (which I imagine would be what your patients are having) or scans whose results are required for clinic appointments are usually given reporting priority over GP-requested scans. A hot trauma/stroke CT head will be reported in under an hour, but a few weeks for a routine GP one is not unusual.

    OP, it depends on who is organising your scan - is it your GP or is it a hospital clinic? If it's your GP, you can always call them up to check if the results are in; usually the receptionists will be able to tell you that much, even if they can't tell you the results over the phone. If it's a hospital clinic, they would usually send you an appointment to discuss the results once they're available.

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