Our diagnostic imaging department supports all the clinics we run at Carrick Glen Hospital, including respiratory, urology, cardiology and orthopaedic departments, giving consultants a means of diagnosing your problem and ruling others out.
The team works in a technically compliant x-ray room lined with lead to limit your radiation exposure. There’s also a changing room for privacy when you need to change into a gown. The equipment used is only a few years old.
We have a digital mobile x-ray unit to take plain-film x-rays of musculoskeletal (MSK), urological, and respiratory problems. In addition, an x-ray screening unit, also known as a C-arm image machine, for in-theatre work shows dynamic, real-time pictures and can help consultants insert screws or do injections precisely. We also have an ultrasound machine, often used on gynaecological patients or for various MSK conditions.
We can x-ray any bone in your body, but the mainstays in our diagnostic investigations are pre or post-joint replacements and orthopaedic problems in the shoulders, hands, elbows, pelvis and lower limbs.
The team also takes x-rays for the urology department when it needs to discount renal stones. Another common request is from the respiratory department for chest x-rays to look for chest infections or signs of lung disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
Other services include occupational chest X-rays and pre-immigration screening, for example, x-rays for people who work with asbestos or in a dust-creating environment to check that the lungs are clear.
Employers might also request x-rays for pre-immigration screening to rule out tuberculosis (TB) and other conditions before workers start working for them.
An ultrasound scan produces sound waves to create an image of inside your body. At Carrick Glen Hospital, we use ultrasound to view musculoskeletal, abdominal and pelvic or gynaecological problems.
Our radiologist will scan solid and fluid-filled organs, including the pancreas, spleen, kidneys, and gallbladder in the upper abdomen and abdominal aorta, if they’re checking for aneurysms.
Quite often, as part of a renal ultrasound looking at abnormalities in the kidneys, they would also ultrasound the bladder before and after you go to the toilet (pre and post micturition). It’s a standard procedure if you’re having trouble emptying your bladder when urinating.