The department has a general x-ray unit capable of performing a comprehensive range of x-ray examinations including more specialised orthopaedic x-rays. In addition we also have a dedicated dental unit for panoramic views of the teeth and jaw.
MRI has become an invaluable tool in the detection and monitoring of many diseases. MRI uses a combination of strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce exquisitely detailed images of any part of the body.
The MRI Unit has a Siemens 1.5 Tesla scanner which is capable of viewing all parts of the body. The scanner produces high quality resolution scans in about 20 minutes, depending on the area being viewed. In order to maximise comfort, both ends of the unit are open. We have a wide selection of music for you to choose from to help you relax during the scan.
The 128-slice CT scanner is among the most current scanning equipment on the market, providing our patients with a faster and more comfortable overall experience. Patients do not have to hold their breath for long periods, routinely less than 20 seconds. This is particularly beneficial for scanning children, the elderly, or those with lung disorders.
Radiation amounts are greatly reduced due to automatic controls whilst still producing high quality images.
The exceptional image quality produced by the 128 slice CT scanner increases detection of lesions scanning at sub millimetre slice thickness, giving your clinician a more complete view, and enhancing the diagnostic value of the scan.
The outstanding resolution of the scanner can be used during cancer treatment. Tumours are more closely monitored, providing an early view of how a patient is responding to therapy.
Additional applications such as virtual angiography, virtual endoscopy and virtual colonoscopy can also be performed. This means that rather than having a camera inserted in the mouth for assessing the throat, or rectum for assessing the colon, or a catheter inserted for examination of the heart, patients can have a less invasive experience.
Ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure utilising high frequency inaudible sound technology (not radiation) to produce an image, and works by travelling freely through fluid and soft tissues and bouncing back when it hits a solid surface. The unit has two ultrasound machines that provide excellent resolution with ‘Doppler’ capability. Our ultrasound scans are performed by Consultant Radiologists.
Sentinel Node Scanning
This Imaging service is carried out in the hospital’s Nuclear Medicine Department using the latest gamma camera technology and highly qualified staff who are on hand to talk patients through their scan. Scans are performed in pleasant surroundings and patients are made to feel welcome and comfortable throughout their visit to the hospital, which will usually be one day prior to surgery.
Mount Alvernia Hospital offers an EDTA service for patients. The procedure takes around 5-6 hours for each patient. The service assists consultants monitoring of drugs that cause nephrotoxicit and helps to calculate the dose in chemotherapy. It can also detect renal failure and is a tool for the assessment of potential live kidney donors.
The Nuclear Medicine department is also able to offer imaging for the detection of parathyroid adenomas in patients with primary hyperparathyroidism. Parathyroid glands control the amount of calcium in our blood and bones. About 1 in 1000 people develop a tumour on a parathyroid gland causing parathyroid disease. This can result in a calcium imbalance that could lead onto more serious health problems such as osteoporosis.
The unit has a comprehensive breast imaging service including:
- Digital mammography
- Fine needle aspirations / biopsies / localisations
- MRI breast scan
Dedicated breast radiologists perform all examinations together with experienced radiographers, working closely with our breast consultants and breast nurses. For patients with breast problems we can provide a one-stop service, where imaging is followed by a consultation with one of our breast radiologists.
The Imaging Department now includes a specialised digital mammography machine offering improved visibility of the breast tissue allowing, improved accuracy of diagnosis, lower x-ray dosage compared to traditional scanning methods and provides complimentary mood lighting to help patients feel at ease.
The hospital is accepting referrals for this service.
Patients can be referred directly for a mammogram by calling 01483 442721.
Fluoroscopy Screening and Interventional Procedures
A team of dedicated interventional radiologists supported by experienced interventional nurses and radiographers perform a wide range of procedures.
We provide gold standard DEXA osteoporosis screening as certified by the World Health Organisation. Our DEXA scanning equipment is considered the definitive scanning tool for most accurate detection of low bone density. Our radiologists will analyse your results and provide a full report.
The hospital is happy to accept self referrals as well as GP referrals for these scans.
Monday - Friday 8.30am - 7pm
Saturdays 9am - 12pm
Some appointments available within 24 hours
Imaging appointments and enquiries
- CT scanning
- Liver biopsy
- Lung biopsy
- MRI scanning
- Uterine artery embolisation
- X ray