Imaging centre

imagingThe Imaging Centre at The Blackheath Hospital offers fast and direct access to a wide range of diagnostic services using the most advanced techniques on specialised equipment. 

Our centre is staffed with dedicated and experienced Consultant Radiologists who are available to report diagnostic images, provide clinical advice to referring colleagues and carry out interventional radiology procedures. 

Our radiographers and consultant radiologists provide a fully comprehensive service from Monday to Friday and Saturday mornings. Beyond our normal hours there is always an ‘on-call’ service. 

Referral to the centre is by written request from a medical practitioner. 

The imaging centre offers:

General radiography 
Our dedicated general x-ray rooms deal with all basic x-ray procedures including orthopaedic radiography, intravenous urography. The rooms are well equipped, spacious and designed to accommodate all patients including those in chairs and beds. All images taken are scanned on to our digital PACS system, which can be put onto CD if required. 

We are also equipped with a mobile x-ray unit for ward radiography and image intensifier within the operating theatre suite for x-ray guided surgery. 

Mammography 
The mammography unit is staffed by fully accredited radiographers. The unit offers general mammography as well as more specialised views. The unit is fully equipped for digital stereotactic localisation to aid biopsy and fine needle aspiration of soft tissue lesions. 

Diagnostic ultrasound 
The Imaging Centre has two ultrasound units, including one situated permanently within the outpatient consulting suite for the use of our visiting consultants. A full range of diagnostic ultrasound examinations are available at the centre. These range from general abdomen and pelvic, obstetric and gynaecological studies, follicular tracking, soft tissue joints and breast imaging. We also provide specialist scanning ranging from cardiac studies such as echocardiography and colour doppler flow studies of vessels. 

Ultrasound guided transrectal prostatic biopsies, breast biopsies and drainage procedures are also undertaken by our consultants. 

Multislice CT 
Our 64 slice scanner is capable of very rapid 2D scans of all areas of the body with scan widths down to 0.5 millimeter and very detailed 3D images. This means minimised discomfort for our patients due to very short scanning times. 

We also carry out other techniques such as virtual colonoscopy, angiography for neck, brain, renal and peripheral vessels. Procedures to aid stroke assessment are available as are lung nodule monitoring, cardiac imaging including calcium scoring and ECG gated cardiac angiography. Dental imaging including implant measurements and maxillo-facial scanning is also available. 

Digital fluoroscopy 
Our digital fluoroscopy unit enables us to watch images in ‘real time’ on a TV monitor as patients undergo procedures such as barium studies and various interventional procedures (nephrostomy, and joint injections). 

MRI scanner 
Our top of the range MRI scanner comes with a full range of dedicated coils and software packages. The dedicated coil arrangements allow us to carry out examinations of all body areas including all joints, brain, spine, abdomen, pelvic and MR angiography; including brain, carotid, renal, peripheral and cardiac. Whole body imaging is available with this technology and we are one of the few centres to offer breast imaging. Unfortunately patients with cardiac pacemakers or aneurysm clips within the brain are still excluded from MRI. 

Bone Mineral Density Scanning (DEXA) 
The DEXA scanner uses very low dose x-rays to scan the lower back and one hip joint. It measures bone mineral density and is essential in the detection of osteoporosis and other pathologies resulting in low bone mineral density. 

The specialist report gives an indication of a fracture risk factor.

To contact the Blackheath Hospital Imaging Centre directly please call us on 0208 463 1726, by fax on 0208 463 1701 or make an online enquiry here