Imaging Services

Imaging services include:

  • Radiography of all parts of the body apart from breasts (mammography)
  • CT of all areas of the body
  • MRI of all areas of the body
  • Ultrasound of all areas of the body with exception of the heart, endorectal or endovaginal ultrasound
  • Special expertise in musculoskeletal ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine with exception of PET scanning and cardiac imaging
  • We perform contrast examinations such as iv urography, Barium swallow, Barium meal and Barium enema

Interventional services

A broad range of interventional procedures of the musculoskeletal system including diagnostic and therapeutic injections (to localise and treat a pain source), aspiration, drainage, biopsy, cementoplasty, cryo- and radiofrequency ablation of painful areas and primary and secondary tumours.

Musculoskeletal imaging and interventional services by region:

Spine:

  • Myelography
  • Discography
  • Facet joint injections (for pain)
  • Nerve root injection (for pain)
  • Cryoablation of facet joints (for pain)
  • Vertebroplasty
  • Biopsies
  • Radiofrequency (RF) ablation

Joints:

  • Arthrography
  • Joint injections (for pain treatment and diagnostic purposes): large and small joints including shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, foot joints

Tendons:

  • Tendon sheath injections (for inflammation)
  • Tendon sheath aspiration (diagnostic)
  • Tendon origin injection (for pain) i.e. for tennis elbow

Other:

  • Plantar fascia injection (for pain)
  • Mortons neuroma injection (for pain)
  • Aspiration and injection of bursa/bursitis

Tumours:

  • Biopsy
  • Radiofrequency ablation (for treatment, i.e. Osteoid Osteoma, Chondroblastoma, metastases)
  • Cement injection (for pain, to prevent fracture)

Injections, aspirations, drainages and biopsies are performed using image guidance, i.e. fluoroscopy (x-rays), ultrasound and CT. The choice of imaging procedure will depend on the circumstances of each case individually. Generally bone (including spine) and joint procedures are performed using fluoroscopy (x-rays) and CT, soft tissue procedures are being performed using ultrasound and CT.

Procedures are performed in local anaesthesia or general anaesthesia (by Consultant Anaesthetists).