Gastrointestinal Radiology is a procedure that involves using a form of x-ray called fluoroscopy which allows a barium based contrast material to produce images of the esophagus, stomach and the small intestine to diagnose any pain or abnormalities a patient will feel.
This procedure is non invasive normally used to diagnose conditions such as acid reflux, blood in the stools as well as other gastrointestinal 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 experience therefore can offer the most appropriate advice to our patients form diagnosis to treatment, tailoring each service to their needs.
We offer the following gastrointestinal diagnostics:
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.