The imaging department provides a full gynaecologic diagnostic imaging service. Equipment is continually updated and the technology is in place to offer the latest diagnostic imaging techniques.
Supported by a team of specialist staff the department offers the following services:
- X-Ray – An x-ray is a widely used test which creates an image of the inside of the body, much like a photograph. It is very quick. It is often the first point of investigation to help the doctor decide if any other forms of imaging or tests are needed.
- Mammography – A mammogram is an x-ray examination of the breasts, used to detect and diagnose breast diseases. Mammography is the most effective method of detecting cancer at an early stage, before the woman or a physician can feel it. Screening mammography is used as a preventive measure for women who have no symptoms of breast disease. A screening mammogram usually involves two views of each breast. The American Cancer Society recommends that all women aged 40 and over have a screening mammogram every year as part of a breast health program, which also includes an annual breast examination by a healthcare professional. Diagnostic mammography involves additional views of the breast, and is used when an abnormality is found during screening, or in women who have breast complaints, such as a breast mass, nipple discharge, breast pain, or skin irritation.
- Bone Densitometry – A DEXA scan is a special type of X-ray that measures bone mineral density (BMD). DEXA scans are often used to diagnose osteoporosis (when the bones become weak and fragile, and are more likely to break). They can also be used to assess the risk of osteoporosis developing in women aged over 50. As well as being quick and painless, a DEXA scan is more effective than normal X-rays in identifying low bone mineral density. If you’re over 50 years of age, you may need to have a DEXA scan if you’re at risk of developing osteoporosis. If you’re under 50, you may need a DEXA scan if there are other risk factors at play, such as smoking or if you have had a previous fracture.