Medical Imaging

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Diagnostic Radiological examinations that are offered at our centre includes:

General X-rays

General X-ray is a common imaging tool used to visualize body structures, diagnose and monitor medical conditions. X-rays are a form of radiation similar to visible light, radio waves and microwaves. The high energy level allows the X-ray beam to penetrate through the body and create an image or picture.

Computerised Tomography (CT)

This diagnostic procedure combines the use of computers and X-rays as it passes through the body at different angles to produce clear images of sections of tissues being examined. CT scanning or whole body scanning provides clearer and more detailed images than X-rays used by themselves.

CT has marked major advantages in the diagnosis and treatment of tumours, abscesses and hemorrhages of the brain, as well as strokes and head injuries.

Besides being essential for studies of the brain, CT scanning is invaluable in investigating diseases of the trunk, particularly in locating a tumour to assist in the process of a needle biopsy.

With our advanced CT scanner, we are about to achieve faster throughput with enhanced picture quality thereby improving patient care.

Mammography

Mammography is the gold standard in the early detection of breast cancer.

Our centre is equipped with digital mammography machine that produces high quality images using the least possible radiation to the breasts.

Mammography is also used to aid in the diagnosis of established benign breast diseases and helps plan management of patients.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The 1.5 Tesla Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner allow scans to be performed with high resolution. Our Wide-Bore MRI scanner has a 70cm wide patient bore, which makes the procedure more comfortable for larger individuals and those who are claustrophobic.

We provide a wide range of MRI services for the various specialities - cardiac, neurological, spine, musculoskeletal, body, pelvic and ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat).

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a diagnostic procedure in which very high frequency sound waves (inaudible to the human ear) are passed through the body. The reflected echoes are detected and analyzed to build a picture of the internal organs. This procedure is considered painless and safe, not to mention real time.

Ultrasound is used to examine soft organs like the liver, gallbladder and the pelvic region to detect any abnormality.

As a soft tissue imaging technique, its advantages are as follows:

  • It is non-invasive and does not usually require special patient preparation. It is simple and convenient and easily accepted by most patients including children.
  • It is safe for the patient and the operator as it does not require ionising radiation. Examinations can be safely repeated as often as the clinical situation demands.
  • It provides information on structural boundaries as it demonstrates anatomy rather than function. Most organs can be investigated and their shape, size, position and spatial relationship can be determined. It enables tissues to be differentiated on the basis of their interaction with ultrasound.
  • Cystic structures may be readily distinguishable from solid ones. It can be used to detect and examine moving structures and the pattern of movement can be determined.
  • The use of ultrasonic doppler technique to study flow patterns in arteries and veins is now well known. It is possible to detect changes in flow speed and direction and thus to evaluate many of the diseases of the arterial and venous system.

Bone Densitometry

The procedure measures bone density, commonly used to diagnose osteoporosis and to assess an individual’s risk for developing fractures.

Backache, sports injuries, anyone undergoing hormonal treatments and all general nondescript bone pain could warrant bone densitometry. It is also useful in assessing the response to treatment of these conditions.

Bone densitometry or BMD can be performed with a CT scan, or more commonly using a DEXA (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) scanner. DEXA is simple, fast and noninvasive. It uses a very small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body (the lower spine and hips) to measure bone loss.

This examination requires no special preparation.

PET/CT

PET/CT imaging allows:

  • Cancer Diagnosis and Staging
  • Differentiation between malignant and benign growths
  • Monitoring of treatment response
  • Detection of cancer recurrence
  • Differentiation between cancer recurrence and post therapy structural change
  • Assessment of brain disorder

While MRI and CT scans provide anatomic imaging of the physical structure of the body, and a PET scan provides a metabolic imaging that detects abnormalities in cell tissues based on cellular metabolism, an integrated PET/CT scan produces a combined image of the organs metabolism AND structure, allowing us to better understand the changes in the body.

Further benefits of PET/CT consist of:

  • High clinical sensitivity for improved lesion detectability
  • Enhanced HD resolution without compromise
  • Greater peace of mind for patients and their families, knowing that this technology provides comprehensive information
  • Diagnostic confidence for those suspected to have cancer, and those who are undergoing cancer treatments

 

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