Diagnostic Imaging

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Candover Clinic owns and operates an ultra modern MRI scanning facility within the outpatients unit. Our ultra-modern MRI scanner is the only wide bore, short length unit in the area. The scanner central hole is over a third bigger than other scanners significantly reducing the feeling of being in a small space during imaging.

The MRI unit is fully staffed with UK accredited MRI specialist radiographers. The purpose-built 140 square meter facility was designed with attention to detail and the direct input of the hospital’s radiologists and MRI specialists. Built specifically to optimize the patient’s comfort and the radiologist’s efficiency, the MRI suite houses a newly commissioned Siemens MAGNETOM Area 1.5T MRI scanner. The wide 70 cm bore of Candover’s MRI scanner provides greater comfort for patients.

CT (Computerised Tomography)

Situated in a spacious, light scanning room our CT scanner also has a wide bore providing much greater comfort for claustrophobic patients. The unit’s “64 slice” detector provides super fast imaging allowing for much shorter patient breath holds compared with other models. The longer couch movement combined with short scan times enables scanning of entire body in one run.

The Siemens Somatom Definition AS CT Scanner incorporates ultra modern detectors for image detection and noise reduction. The equipment is also low dose technology for maximum patient X-Ray safety.


We have two new high specification ultrasound machines at Candover Clinic and can often provide a “one-stop” service if scanning is required during a consultation.


Candover Clinic operates a new dedicated private patients X-Ray Room for all “plain film” imaging.

Diagnostics Services


The trust’s pathology department examines blood, tissue and other body fluids to diagnose illnesses or to check that all is well. Approximately 70% of all clinical decisions are based on results from the pathology department. Traditionally pathology includes 4 major specialties;

  • Chemical pathology which looks at chemicals in the blood
  • Haematology which looks at the blood itself
  • Cellular pathology which looks at tissue and cells
  • Microbiology which looks for bacteria, fungi and viruses that can cause infections

Each specialty is led by a consultant, they and their colleagues work closely with biomedical scientists and laboratory assistants to ensure samples are processed accurately and the results sent back to the requesting doctor with appropriate advice as soon as possible. Most samples are processed the same day they arrive, with results also reported the same day. Some specialised tests may take a few days longer.


Exercise stress tests – Candover offers private patients the use of a dedicated treadmill stress test facility. A stress test is used to test for heart disease. Stress tests are tests performed by a doctor and/or trained technician to determine the amount of stress that your heart can manage before developing either an abnormal rhythm or evidence of ischemia (not enough blood flow to the heart muscle).

Echocardiography – Candover provides private patients with the convenience of in-house echocardiograms. An echocardiogram, often referred to as a cardiac echo or simply an echo, is a sonogram of the heart. Echocardiography uses standard two-dimensional, three-dimensional and Doppler ultrasound to create images of the heart.

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Ophthalmology is the study of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. It deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye.

Ophthalmology is the study of the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eye. It deals with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases of the eye. It involves the care of eye conditions in patients of all ages covering a wide range of conditions; trauma, cataracts, diabetic eye disease, congenital and genetic eye problems. An ageing population means there are increasingly more incidences of age-related diseases of the eye, such as age related macular degeneration.

Cataracts are the main cause of impaired vision worldwide. Cataract surgery is the second most common operation performed in the NHS in England. The ophthalmology department provides a general ophthalmology service with specialisation of some common conditions. Rarer conditions can be assessed here.

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Urology is the focus on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system and the male reproductive organs. This includes the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate and male reproductive organs. Conditions treated include bladder and urinary problems, incontinence, impotence and infertility.

Candover Clinic has access to the urology department at Basingstoke Hospital which has a national reputation for offering the latest minimally invasive treatments for a variety of conditions including prostate cancer, bladder cancer, kidney stones and benign prostatic enlargement.

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For more information or to book an appointment, please call 01256 315010 or email info.candover@hhft.nhs.uk