Imaging Services & X-rays
Imaging services encompass a broad range of diagnostic techniques used to visualise and examine the internal structures of the body. These services provide valuable information for the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of various medical conditions. Here are some commonly used imaging services:
X-rays use electromagnetic radiation to create images of bones, tissues and organs. They are particularly useful for detecting fractures, lung diseases, infections and certain abnormalities.
Ultrasound imaging utilises high-frequency sound waves to create real-time images of the body’s organs, tissues and blood flow. It is commonly used in obstetrics to monitor fetal development and during abdominal or pelvic exams to examine organs like the liver, kidneys and uterus. It is also employed for guiding biopsies or procedures that require precise needle placement.
Computed Tomography (CT)
CT scans involve a series of X-ray images taken from different angles to create cross-sectional images of the body. CT scans provide detailed information about bones, organs, blood vessels and soft tissues. They are often used to diagnose conditions such as tumours, internal injuries and vascular diseases.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to generate detailed images of the body’s internal structures. MRI can comprehensively visualise soft tissues, such as the brain, spinal cord, muscles and organs. It is commonly used for diagnosing brain and spinal cord injuries, tumours, joint abnormalities and certain cardiovascular conditions.
Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
PET scans involve the injection of a radioactive substance (tracer) that emits positrons, which are detected by a PET scanner. PET scans provide information about cellular function and metabolism, helping to identify areas of abnormal activity. They are commonly used in oncology to detect and stage cancer, assess treatment response and monitor recurrence.
Mammography is a specialised X-ray imaging technique used for screening and diagnosing breast cancer. It involves compressing the breast between two plates to obtain detailed images for the detection of abnormalities, such as tumours or microcalcifications.
These imaging services, along with others, are essential tools for healthcare professionals to accurately diagnose and treat medical conditions, ultimately improving patient care.