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108 X-Ray and Imaging



Plain X-Ray

This is the most common type of x-ray investigation. X-Ray is a form of invisible, short wavelength, electromagnetic energy. Low doses can be passed through tissues to produce images of bones, organs and internal tissues. At 108 X-Ray and Imaging these images are processed through a CR reader, which converts them into a digital image.

Using our equipment any part of the body can be x-rayed, however the parts most commonly examined include:

  • Abdomen
  • Ankles
  • Cervical spine
  • Chest
  • Hips
  • Knees
  • Lumbar spine
  • Pelvis
  • ‘Stork views’ – to exclude pelvic instability for ‘Gilmore’s Groin’
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Ultrasound scans are painless. Ultrasound is a technique using high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of internal tissues and organs. During the procedure, a special gel is spread onto the area to be examined, then a transducer (small hand held microphone which emits sound waves) is passed over the area. The echoes it picks up are converted into an image, which is then reviewed by a consultant radiologist, who produces a report for the consultant.

In addition to its diagnostic uses, ultrasound is also used to guide needles for targeted injections or aspirations.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image)

A harmless but noisy multi-dimensional imaging scan using a very high strength magnetic field which creates detailed images of the body. An injection of dye is sometimes used.

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