Clinical Outcomes

Department of Diagnostic Imaging

Department of Diagnostic Imaging
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WHAT IS RADIOLOGY?
Radiology is a medical specialty that uses a variety of imaging techniques to diagnose and/or treat diseases seen within the body. The RADIOLOGY DEPARTMENT may also be called the X-RAY or IMAGING DEPARTMENT. Our department is fully digitized and ‘on-line’ with the wards and consultant clinics, providing quick access to images to consultants and ward staff.


SERVICES AVAILABLE:
Plain Xray Radiography Including Fluoroscopy (video or real-time imaging) We perform imaging of all body regions using computed radiography to provide high-quality images. With the introduction of contrast media, we use fluoroscopy to image the urinary and digestive tract which cannot be seen on plain radiography.

1. Bone Densitometry (DEXA, DXA)
Bone densitometry, or more commonly known as DXA scan (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry) uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to measure bone density. It is used mainly to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess an individual's risk for developing osteoporotic fractures.

2. Ultrasonography (USG) or Ultrasound Scan (USS)
We perform simple and complex 2D real-time ultrasonography of all body regions with our high-resolution scanners. Our machines are all equipped with Doppler color imaging which can provide imaging of the blood vessels and the direction of flow within them. In our new upcoming machine, we will have a technique known as Elastography, which maps the elastic properties and stiffness of soft tissue, thus giving valuable diagnostic information about the presence or status of the disease.

3. Mammography with Tomosynthesis (3D-mammography)
This is a special technique for imaging the breast with low radiation exposure yet providing high-quality images. This is especially useful in screening examinations for the normal population. We are among the very few hospitals in this country which has a Tomosynthesis capable of 3D imaging. We also supplement most of our examination with ultrasonography which together will give more accurate diagnostic information.

4. Computed Tomography (CT Scan)
Our newly installed CT scanner is an ultrafast scanner that is able to scan a large area of the body at a very short time duration. This allows for better patient comfort and reduced radiation exposure. Besides all common CT examinations, we are able to perform all CT angiographies (imaging of blood vessels) including CT coronary arteries and also cerebral blood flow imaging. The machine is also capable of dual-energy imaging, which can differentiate uric acid stones from other urinary stones, and identify uric acid deposits in gout.

5. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
We scan all body parts with our high magnetic field strength 1.5T MRI superconductor machine. We are also able to do MR imaging of the blood vessels (MR Angiography), the urinary tract (MR Urography) and of the biliary tree/pancreatic duct (MR cholangiopancreatography)

6. Interventional Radiology (IR)
This is a subspeciality of radiology which refers to the performance of minimally invasive medical procedures with the guidance of imaging technologies mentioned above to precisely diagnosed and/or treats diseases. We do a number of simple procedures like biopsies and drainage, and more complex ones like angiographies (diagnosing arterial blockages or bleeding from arteries and treating them) We have a qualified interventional radiologist who will perform the more complex procedures.

7. Plain Xray Radiography Including Fluoroscopy (video or real-time imaging)
We perform imaging of all body regions using computed radiography to provide high-quality images. With the introduction of contrast media, we use fluoroscopy to image the urinary and digestive tract which cannot be seen on plain radiography.


To find out more clinical outcome information, click on the titles below:
Rate of Complication for CT scan With IV Contrast Study and Rate of Complication for MRI Scan with IV Contrast Study