Radiology and Imaging
Ladnan Hospital has an ultramodern radiology and imaging department equipped with the state of the art imaging modalities. It is managed by a team of dedicated radiologists and technologists headed by a highly qualified and experienced senior consultant radiologist.
What is an ultrasound examination?
Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce an image (like sonar). A small plastic transducer is held against the patient’s skin, allowing underlying structures to be seen by bouncing sound waves through the body.
Ultrasound can show soft tissues very well.
Ultrasound scanning can be used to aid interventional procedures.
What types of Ultrasound examination are offered at Ladnan Hospital?
At Ladnan hospital we offer a wide range of diagnostic procedures, including:
- Neck (Carotids or thyroid)
- Kidneys (including Doppler)
- Male pelvis
- Female pelvis
- Ultrasound guided biopsy
- Ultrasound guided injections, including Musculoskeletal injections
- Ultrasound guided drainage
- Breast hook wire localization
Preparing for my Ultrasound Scan
- If you have been referred for an ultrasound scan by your doctor and would like to make a booking, please contact us on 0707000730
Before the Ultrasound Scan
- You may be asked to fast, drink water, and hold your bladder full. Please continue your regular medication, unless advised not to by your doctor.
- You may be asked to change into a hospital gown.
During the Ultrasound Scan
- A Sonographer will perform this scan.
- Ultrasound scans generally take 30 minutes, but this may vary. Your sonographer will advise you on the day.
- He or she will apply ultrasound gel to the part of your body being scanned, and move the transducer over that area. You may be asked to move into different positions to scan different body parts.
- To ensure a thorough examination, the sonographer may need to ask you personal questions about your health or condition.
- For certain conditions an internal ultrasound may be required to complete the examination.
After the Ultrasound Scan?
- Eat and drink normally after the examination.
- Return to your doctor to discuss the examination results.
- If you have had an interventional procedure, you will be given an information sheet at discharge about your procedure.
What is an X-Ray?
X-rays are a simple, quick and effective way of seeing bones and joints of different body parts. In addition images of the lungs are also reasonably well seen on plain X-ray.
Preparing for my X-Ray?
- If you have been referred by your doctor for an X-ray and would like to make an appointment, please contact us. Appointments are not essential for X-Rays.
- Please bring your referral form(s) from your medical practitioner or other allied health practitioner. We also accept referral forms from other radiology practices.
- You may not have to change into a gown if you wear thin/light clothing without metal zips, buckles, hooks, and buttons close to the area being imaged.
- It is also advised that jewellery and other metals are removed or not worn before attending the scan.
- No additional preparation is needed for a plain X-ray.
Before the X-Ray
- Patients are not always x-rayed in order of arriving in the x-ray department. Patients in the waiting area may be having other examinations such as ultrasound scans and are not waiting for plain x-rays.
During the X-Ray
- All x-ray examinations will be performed by an experienced radiographer.
- A single examination will take an average of 10 minutes, but may take up to one hour for stretcher patients in need of x-raying multiple body areas.
- You will be asked to lie or stand in different positions while the images are acquired.
After the X-Ray
- All plain x-ray examinations are digital radiographs. Images are available promptly after your study to the Radiologists. After the radiologist’s reports on your images, the reports will be typed and automatically uploaded and delivered to your doctor.
- Please return to your doctor to discuss your x-ray results.