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Diagnostic Imaging

The Diagnostic Imaging Centre is a rapidly expanding facility offering comprehensive, prompt, high quality imaging services. This includes state-of the-art Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Flouroscopy, Dexa, CAT and Ultrasound scanning, together with plain film radiography.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI scanning is an invaluable diagnostic tool in all medical disciplines today. In the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin the 1.5 Tesla Siemens Avanto MRI unit is capable of a wide range of both standard and advanced examinations. This state-of-the-art scanner is designed for maximum speed and comfort, - particularly important for patients who find it difficult to remain still.

All systems of the body can be imaged using MRI including Neurological (brain and spine), Musculoskeletal (joints), Abdominal and Pelvic, Angiographic (blood vessels) and Cardiac (heart) systems. The advantages of the multi-channel technology employed include higher speed, sharper images and increased patient comfort. It also facilitates performing examination ‘feet first’ in the scanner, alleviating anxieties regarding claustrophobia, and the performance of three dimensional (3D) scans. Further advanced examinations are also routine due to the revolutionary technology employed in this scanner. These include Whole body imaging, Whole Body Angiography (blood vessels) and Whole Spine imaging, - all in one examination without repositioning the patient. Imaging information is seamlessly ‘knitted’ together to create a clearer understanding of entire regions.

Bone Densitometry

The provision of Dexa scanning is a recent addition to the range of services available. Bone densitometry (Dexa scanning) is a method of measuring the density of bones. Normally used as a form of screening, using low-dose x-rays, this test is safe, painless and accurate. It is free from complications and can be repeated many times. It is used extensively in the assessment of those at risk for osteoporosis. The entire test takes approximately 15 minutes.

Specialised Procedures

The range of fluoroscopy services available has been expanded following the installation of a state-of-the-art C-arm Unit. This unit facilitates faster examination times coupled with minimal radiation doses, both leading to an enhanced patient service. Available techniques include the investigation of stomach, small and large bowel disorders using double contrast barium meals and enemas. There is widespread use of radiology in the investigation of the urinary tract both in children and adults by the use of intravenous urography and micturating cystography. Other specialised investigations include retrograde pyelography, venography, sialography, percutaneous cholangiography, dacrocystography.


This non-invasive, non-ionising radiation modality is extensively used in investigation of a wide variety of conditions including disease of the thyroid, kidneys, liver, pancreas, gall bladder and pelvis (ovaries, uterus and prostate). Biopsy under ultrasound control is also performed regularly and includes assessment of lesions of the kidney and prostate. Doppler facility enables investigations of vascular abnormalities such as occlusive carotid artery disease and varicose veins.

CAT Scanning

CT investigations of all parts of the body are available and include:

  • CT Angiography
  • High resolution thorax
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Brain
  • Sinuses
  • Soft tissue neck
  • Spine

What makes us different?

The Diagnostic Imaging Centre in the Bon Secours, Glasnevin, provides a service which features:
  • No waiting list
The outpatient walk-in plain film radiography service is available from 9:30 – 15:30. Outpatients will be immediately accepted (dependent upon examination preparation) when referred by their G.P. An appointment system operates in respect of certain procedures. Full details are available from the Diagnostic Imaging Centre.

  • Same day reporting
  • “One-stop-shop” approach

i.e. all radiological investigations can be performed during a single visit (examination preparation permitting). This could comprise plain films, ultrasound, intravenous urography and barium/CT studies.
  • Competitive rates

Direct Line

To facilitate you, the Diagnostic Imaging Centre has a direct phone line 01-806 5316, fax line 01-836 8456 and answering machine for messages outside normal working hours.

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