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Imaging (Radiology)

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Imaging (Radiology) services provide a diagnostic, interventional and therapeutic service to the local population and a specialist service for the region. Imaging is core in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of diseases.

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Imaging services includes the following areas and facilities:

  • X-ray – uses x-rays to produce images of the skeleton, chest and abdomen.
  • Cambridge Breast Unit – breast mammography is provided by our Breast Screening service.
  • Computed tomography (CT) department -uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed cross-sectional views (slices) of various parts of the body such as bones, soft tissues and the brain. This allows disease to be identified.
  • DEXA Bone Density (DXA) is a scan which uses low dose x-rays to measure bone density (or strength of bones). A DXA scan is often used to diagnose osteoporosis (a health condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break). DXA scans can also be used to track the effects of treatment for osteoporosis and other conditions that cause bone loss.
  • Fluoroscopy suite where x-ray and contrast media (dye) are used to provide ‘live’ images of internal organs in the body whilst they are in motion, similar to a movie.
  • Interventional Radiology
  • MRI department - Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a type of scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed pictures of the inside of the body.
  • Nuclear medicine Department – where a safe and painless technique using small amounts of radioactive substances which can be administered to examine how the body and organs function, for example kidneys and heart. It is used to investigate and diagnose a wide range of conditions.
  • PET-CT – (Position Emission Tomography and Computerised Tomography) is a scanning method that allows us to see how organs are working. PET-CT helps us to identify organs or tissues that are not working normally.
  • Radiology Day Unit
  • Radiopharmacy
  • Ultrasound Department – An ultrasound scan is a procedure that uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body. Ultrasound scans are used to can detect problems in organs eg the liver, heart, kidney, or abdomen. They may also assist in performing certain types of biopsy.
  • Vascular Access Unit (VAU) - a nurse-led service which provides a holistic approach to the insertion and maintenance of all aspects of central venous access devices.

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