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Diagnostic Imaging Centre, Bon Secours Dublin

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 or may suffer from claustrophobia.

 

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. Diffusion imaging is readily available together with Functional MRI of the Brain, and Cardiac examinations.

 

The MR Department provides a high quality efficient and accessible service. Appointments can be made directly with the MRI department (01 8065453), or by posting or faxing (01 8368456) requests, and can generally be facilitated within a few days. Referrals are accepted from both GP's and consultants. Direct payment schemes are established with VHI (Consultant referral), Hibernian AVIVA, Garda Medical Aid and ESB schemes. This enables scanning with no direct charge to the patient.

 

 

Bone Densitometry

The provision of Dexa scanning is part of 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. Appointments are available every day with accompanying report provided by a Consultant Rheumatologist with respect to appropriate treatment if necessary.

 

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

 

Pain control clinics are conducted a number of days during the week. The fluoroscopic unit is used to guide precise introduction of long-acting pain relief to particular painful joints / areas.

 

Ultrasound

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

Multislice CT scanning provides fast cross-sectional images through the body. 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
  • CT Colonoscopy is also now available and provides an alternative / complimentary examination to conventional colonoscopy.

CT scanning is available Mon-Fri 8.00am – 7.30pm

 

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
    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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