NSCMH Medical Centre Radiology Service
The Diagnostic Imaging Centre at NSCMH Medical Centre is dedicated to serve the patient with excellent services and warm hospitality.
Diagnostic imaging services are available around the clock to assist doctors in diagnosis of conditions, allowing effective and timely treatment. We aim to provide timely reports, with General X-rays, Mammograms and Ultrasound reports provided within 1 hour while MRI and CT scan reports within 2hours.
Each day our clinicians serve patients in need of medical imaging and other radiology procedures. Physicians refer their patients to ID for exceptional quality in clinical services, images and diagnoses – which are critical to determining your care and treatment.
The Diagnostic Imaging Department is equipped with modern technology and is located on the ground floor of the hospital.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
What’s an MRI?
An MRI uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to create precise, high-resolution images of the inside of the body. Your doctor may recommend an MRI if you have symptoms of a condition that affects your:
- Abdominal and pelvic organs, including the adrenal glands, liver, pancreas, and reproductive organs
- Brain and spinal cord
- Heart and blood vessels
What to Expect During an MRI
Your MRI may last from 15 minutes to an hour or more and you won’t feel any pain during the scan. You’ll be able to resume your normal activities immediately after the MRI, unless you were given medical to help you relax.
Depending on the reason you’re getting an MRI and the part of your body that will be examined, you may receive an injection of contrast dye before your scan. Contrast dye makes it easier to see certain areas inside your body on MRI images.
During your scan, you’ll lie on a table that will move into the opening of the MRI machine, which looks like a long tube. Talk to your doctor if you have claustrophobia—a fear of closed spaces. Your doctor may recommend breathing exercises, stress-reduction techniques, or medications to help you relax.
During the scan, you’ll be able to communicate via microphone with an MRI technologist in another room who will be monitoring you. You will be asked to stay as still as possible during your test to prevent blurred images.
You may hear noises during your scan, such as taps. Ask your doctor if you can use earplugs or listen to music to block out the noise of the MRI machine.
C.T. Scan 128 Slice (Computerized Tomographic Scanning)
What’s a Computed Tomography (CT) Scan?
A computerized axial tomography scan, also known as a CT or CAT scan, uses special X-ray equipment to take cross-sectional pictures of the inside of your body.
When is a CT Scan Used?
Your doctor may recommend a CT scan to examine your body for signs of:
- Aortic aneurysm
- Blood clots
- Broken bones
- Cystic fibrosis
- Heart disease
- Internal bleeding or swelling
- Pulmonary embolism
- Sinus problems
What to Expect During a CT Scan
Your CT scan will take 15 to 45 minutes. The test is painless and noninvasive. Before your test, you may take contrast dye by mouth, injection, or enema, depending on the part of your body being scan. Contrast dye makes certain areas inside your body more visible on images.
During the scan, you’ll lie still on a narrow table and may use pillows, straps, or a head cradle to help you keep your body in the right position. The table will move you through the CT scanner, which looks like a large doughnut.
While you’re in the CT scanner, parts of the machine will rotate around you. You may hear clicking or buzzing noises. Our technician will be in another room monitoring you during the test. You’ll be able to communicate through an intercom and you may be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds so the machine can take clear pictures.
After Your CT Scan
You’ll be able to go back to your daily activities after the test. If contrast dye was used during your scan, your doctor may recommend drinking lots of fluids to help flush the dye from your body.
Mammogram (For breast cancer screening)
What’s a Mammogram?
A mammogram is a low-dose X-ray picture of your breast.
Routine screening mammograms can help your provider detect breast cancer before you have symptoms. Diagnostic mammograms help identify cancer after you or your provider notice warning signs, such as a breast lump.
Do I Need a Mammogram?
When breast cancer is caught early, it’s easier to treat. That’s why NSCMH recommends women with an average risk of developing breast cancer get a mammogram every year beginning at age 40. You and your doctor may decide that you need mammograms less often after you turn 75.If you’re at high risk of developing breast cancer, work with your provider to determine the best screening plan for you.
Your Mammogram: What To Expect
When it’s time for your mammogram, let our team help put you at ease. We will explain the imaging process each step of the way, answer your questions, and help you feel as relaxed as possible.
Your mammogram will be read by a radiologist. If it shows an area of concern, further diagnostic tests, such as additional imaging or a biopsy may be recommended.
Breast Cancer Care
If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, depend on the expert team at NSCMH MedicalCentre for comprehensive cancer care.
General X-Ray (with Computed Radiography System)
What’s an X-Ray?
An X-ray machine uses electromagnetic waves to create black-and-white pictures of the inside of your body. This common imaging test is quick, easy, and noninvasive.
When is X-Ray Used?
Your doctor may recommend an X-ray to:
- Diagnose broken bones, or fractures
- Assess your bone and joint health
- Find foreign objects in your body
- Screen for or diagnose breast cancer (mammogram)
- Diagnose or monitor treatment for lung conditions, such as pneumonia, emphysema, and lung cancer
- Diagnose digestive conditions, such as gallstones and intestinal blockages
What’s a Fluoroscopy?
A special type of X-ray, called a fluoroscopy, creates a real-time, movie-like X-ray image that’s displayed on a screen. Your doctor may recommend a fluoroscopy to:
- Examine a joint (arthrography)
- Diagnose gastrointestinal conditions
- Find foreign objects in your body
- Detect blockages in your heart arteries (coronary angiography)
- Guide injections to your joints or spine
- Help position medical devices or catheters
What to Expect?
For most X-rays, you’ll lie on an exam table and be asked to stay still while an X-ray machine takes pictures of your body. You may be asked to hold your breath for a second or two. You won’t feel any pain, but, depending on the area being examined, you may need to hold an uncomfortable position for a short amount of time.
For some tests, such as fluoroscopy exams of your digestive tract, you may be given a contrast dye before your scan so your doctor can more easily examine a specific part of your body.
Digital Ultrasound and Color Doppler
+ What’s Ultrasound Imaging?
Ultrasound imaging—or sonography—uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of organs and other soft tissue structures inside your body. The test doesn’t use any radiation and is quick, noninvasive, and painless
When is Ultrasound Used?
Your doctor may recommend an ultrasound to:
- Investigate causes of pain, swelling, or infection
- Diagnose certain muscle, tendon, and ligament conditions (musculoskeletal ultrasound)
- Examine internal organs
- Evaluate blood flow in your veins and arteries (Doppler ultrasound)
- Diagnose breast cancer (breast ultrasound)
- Diagnose heart conditions or assess damage after a heart attack (echocardiogram)
- Guide minimally invasive procedures, such as needle biopsies and cortisone injections
- Monitor the development of an unborn baby during pregnancy
What to Expect During an Ultrasound
Most ultrasound exams take 30 minutes or less. Ultrasounds are painless and noninvasive—they don’t involve any needles or injections. You’ll be able to go back to your daily activities immediately after the test.
For most types of ultrasound exams, you’ll lie on a table. You may lie on your back or on your side depending on the area your doctor will examine. Your doctor or sonographer will apply warm gel to the area being examined and gently move a small, handheld device called a transducer across your skin.
For some ultrasound tests, the transducer is attached to a probe so your doctor can get a better view of certain internal organs, such as the heart, prostate, uterus, or ovaries. Most ultrasound exams take 30 minutes or less.
Ultrasound Guided Non Vascular Interventional Radiology.
Contrast studies – IVU, HSG, etc.
Operation Hours :
Mondays to Fridays: 8.30am to 5pm
Saturdays: 8.30am to 12.30pm
Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed
Week days after 5pm, PH and Sundays: *On call
An on call surcharge will be levied for all imaging services done after 5pm on weekdays, after 12.30pm on Saturdays. Sundays and public holidays oncall charge apply all the time.
Contact Us :
Contact No : 06 763 1688 (General Line)