Urological radiology

Urological radiology is a procedure that involves the different ways in assessing a patients organs such as the kidneys, ureters, bladder and reproductive organs. Simple imaging techniques can be used or more complicated ones also.

Normally these imaging procedures are in detail, painless and quick, and can be used to diagnose a range of problems such as urinary retention, blockage of urine, blood in the urine, kidney failure and urinary incontinence (among other conditions).

At Hadley Wood Hospital our imaging department allows us to offer a range of services to patients, our radiologists are professionally trained with many years of experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients form diagnosis to treatment, tailoring each service to their needs.

 Urological imaging procedures

MRA – A magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA) is a type of MRI scan that uses radio wave energy and a magnetic field to produce images of the blood vessels within the body. This is used in most cases where information cannot be provided in the form of an x-ray, ultrasound or CT scan. It is normally used to diagnose problems where the blood vessels are causing a reduced blood flow. The scan allows both the blood flow and the condition of the blood vessel walls to be examined. It can be used to look at the blood vessels within the brain, kidneys and legs.

MRI – Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic scan that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to develop comprehensive images of the inside of a patients body. The MRI scanner is a tube that has powerful magnets inside; the patient will lay flat whilst the scanner works to produce the imagery. It can be used to examine most parts of the body including the brain and spinal chord, bones and joints, heart and blood vessels along with internal organs.

CT scans – (also referred to as CAT scans) involve producing detailed images of the structures within the human body which include the bones, blood vessels and internal organs. They are used diagnose many different conditions such as bone injuries, blood flow issues and gastrointestinal issues as well as strokes and cancer. During your scan you will lay flat on your back on a bed that will pass through the scanner which rotates around your body as you pass through it. Unlike other scanning methods a CT scanner does not surround your whole body. The scan will usually last around 10-20 minutes.

Ultrasound – this is an imaging method that involves using high-frequency sound waves which allows for images to be produced of the structures within your body. Images used can provide the radiologist with important information when diagnosing and treating disease.

X-ray – is a fast and painless procedure used to produce images of a patients body. This procedure is used by many healthcare professionals therefore is not limited to just radiographers. It is an effective way of examining the bones of the body helping to diagnose a range of conditions a patient may have. The radiation waves of an x-ray cannot be seen by the naked eye and you will not feel the procedure. As they pass through the human body they will be absorbed by different parts and turning them into an image.

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