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Diagnostic imaging is the term used for a variety of routine and specialised radiological procedures from the commonly used x-ray to more specialised techniques such as CT and MRI scans. Here, we look at the different imaging options and how they are used.
Medical imaging covers a variety of procedures, from the commonly used x-ray, to more specialised techniques such as computerised tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and ultrasound.
These procedures are safe and allow your doctor to see inside your body and understand your condition. This means they can treat disease and provide the best care possible, to ensure a successful recovery.
We are proud to facilitate Consultant radiologists who can use diagnostic imaging techniques to diagnose conditions and find the right treatments in order to help improve your quality of life.
Our team will strive to reduce your symptoms through effective treatment. Please note that some imaging techniques may not be available in some hospitals.
An ultrasound scan uses soundwaves to create an image of an organ in your body. Ultrasound is very high frequency sound that cannot be heard by the human ear, but can be detected using a machine called an ultrasound scanner. The ultrasound waves are delivered by a small handheld sensor, which is like a microphone.
As well as being used to monitor an unborn baby in a pregnant woman, ultrasound is also used to highlight congenital heart disease, examine the prostate gland, uterus and ovaries and other organs. Ultrasound is also used during surgery such as biopsies (where the tissue sample is taken for analysis).
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed, usually 2-D, images of the inside of your body. MRI scans can show muscles, joints, bone marrow, blood vessels, nerves and other structures within your body.
MRI scanning is one of the safest imaging techniques available and can be used to produce images of almost any part of the body and can produce images from all angles. The detail in these images is so good that a cut as small as 2mm can be seen.
A CT scan is a special type of X-ray test carried out by a radiographer that takes pictures of cross sections or slices of organs and structures in the body. When each slice is put together, it forms a 3-D picture of the body.
A CT scan offers detailed views of different tissue types including lungs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT scans are commonly performed on the head and abdomen. The pictures of a CT scan are more detailed than a typical X-ray.
Bone densitometry scanning measures the density of bones and is used to check for signs of osteoporosis, a condition where your bones become weak and prone to fracture. Scanning for osteoporosis is the only way to find out if you have osteoporosis or if you are likely to develop it.
The most accurate and reliable way to measure your bone density and find out if you have osteoporosis, or if you may develop it in the future, is to have a DEXA scan, which scans your bones. DEXA stands for “dual energy X-ray absorptiometry”.
X-ray is an imaging technique that is used to show up abnormalities in bones and certain body tissues, such as breast tissue. X-rays usually use low amounts of radiation, so the risk to your health is very small.
They show images of abnormalities that cannot be seen from outside your body, such as broken bones or shadows on the lungs. Depending on what type you’re having, an X-ray should take 15-30 minutes and is carried out by a radiographer.
To get started, you can book a consultation online with one of our many experienced imaging and radiology Consultants. This is a simple and fast process. You can also book your consultation by calling 441413005009.
To familiarise yourself with the many imaging and radiology techniques that we offer, you can read our informative, in-depth treatment pages. This could help you to decide which option might suit you best.
At your consultation, you will likely receive important diagnostic testing and discuss the right treatment option for you with your Consultant.
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