“To be a leading edge diagnostic facility of the region, recognized with excellence and commitment to patient satisfaction for the benefits of the family in the community”
The Radiology Department at Family Care Hospital is equipped with state-of-art technology for routine, complex diagnostics and interventional procedures. Combined with a group of highly trained professionals, the center offers a 24 hours, seven days a week coverage dedicated to provide a wide range of high quality diagnostic imaging, therapeutic services and procedures for inpatient, outpatient and for emergency cases. At Family Care Hospital, patients and their families are assured with comfortable ambiance during the radiology procedures and are provided with quality healthcare services.
Services We Provide:
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
A procedure which is valuable, painless, diagnostic tool that is used for the examination of internal body areas, which cannot be detected by conventional x-rays. This imaging method produces a series of cross-sectional pictures that helps physicians in detecting many conditions in earlier stages, thus optimizing patient outcomes.
Areas of the body, which may undergo an MRI scan, include the head, chest, abdomen, vital organs, joints, spine or extremities such as hands, wrists, ankles and feet. Our highly sophisticated scanners also have capability to diagnose diseases of blood vessels in the brain, neck, and body.
For CT examination of different parts of the body using CT machine which includes the following examinations:
- ⊳ CT of head and neck including CT brain, CT para-nasal sinuses, CT sella, CT facial bones, CT neck, CT petrous bone & CT tempo-mandibular joint
- ⊳ CT of Chest for pulmonary embolism or any lung abnormality.
- ⊳ CT of Abdomen & Pelvis
- ⊳ CT of Spine
- ⊳ CT of Extremities & Joints
Ultrasound involves the use of high frequency sound waves in order to produce images of organs and systems within the body.This machine takes multiple slices of the concerned area, which is processed by an advanced computer, then projected on a special monitor. Images can be stored on paper, films or CD. It is a safe, easy and painless procedure that is effective especially for evaluating fetuses and it also helps in the diagnosis of the following:
- ⊳ Various conditions such as pain, swelling, infection
- ⊳ Useful in the examination of many internal organs of the body ( such as heart, liver, gallbladder, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, uterus, thyroid and other organs)
- ⊳ Guide procedures such as needle biopsies
- ⊳ Image breasts and guide biopsy of breast cancer
- ⊳ Diagnose various heart conditions and assess damage after heart attack
Interventional Radiology It is an exciting, rapidly evolving sub-specialty of radiology in which vascular and non-vascular diseases are treated by using small caliber catheters or catheter based devises. These minimally invasive procedures are accomplished through percutaneous tracts without the need for large surgical incisions or general anesthesia. These interventions are guided by radiological imaging modalities (fluoroscopy, ultrasound, CT scan). The Interventional Radiologist is trained in diagnostic imaging, percutaneous imaging guided procedures, and also in the clinical skills required for the patient management.
It is a diagnostic test where ionizing radiations pass through the examined body thus enabling an image to be produced on film. example of X-ray:
• Bone X-rays are ordered to detect disease or injury to the bone such as broken bones, tumors, and other problems. They can determine bone density, texture, erosion, and changes in bone relationships. Bone x-rays also evaluate the joints for diseases such as osteoarthritis.
• Kidney, Ureter and Bladder (KUB) X-ray study is a diagnostic test that is used for the detection of kidney stones and diagnosis of some gastrointestinal disorders. Injecting contrast media help to evaluate the shape position and function of kidneys, ureters and bladder.
• Skull X-rays are performed to examine the nose, sinuses, and facial bones. These studies may also be referred to as sinus x rays.
It is a technique that measures bone density which is usually used to detect osteoporosis, a type of bone disease where bones become thin and thick due to the lack of calcium and other minerals. Usually, it attacks women after menopause and become worse after the age of 65, often resulting in serious fractures. These fractures may result in disability and could affect longevity as well.
The Technique Bone density scanning is the Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry or DEXA which takes pictures of the bones in the spine, hip, and wrist, and calculates their density. The DEXA bone scan exposes the patient to only a small amount of radiation, which is about one-fiftieth that of a chest x ray.
It is the x-ray study of blood vessels. It consists of using a radiopaque substance, or dyes in order to make blood vessels visible under X ray. Angiography is used for the detection of the following:
- ⊳ Abnormalities or blockages in blood vessels (called occlusions) throughout the circulatory system and in some organs.
- ⊳ Atherosclerosis
- ⊳ Diagnosis of heart diseases
- ⊳ Evaluation of kidney functions and detection of kidney cysts or tumors
- ⊳ Detection of aneurysm (an abnormal bulge of an artery that can rupture leading to hemorrhage)
- ⊳ Detection of tumor, blood clot, or arteriovenous malformations (abnormalities of arteries tangles and veins) in the brain
- ⊳ Diagnosis of problems with the eye retina
- ⊳ Accurate "map" of the heart prior to open-heart surgery, or of the brain prior to neurosurgery
It is an imaging technique that uses X-rays to obtain real-time moving images and for contrast study of GIT Tract and Uro- Genital System (Shimadzu machine) for the following examination:
- ⊳ Barium swallows for oro-pharynx & esophagus examination.
- ⊳ Barium meal for stomach examination
- ⊳ Barium follow-through for small intestine examination
- ⊳ Barium enema for large intestine examination
- ⊳ I.V.P for urinary system examination
- ⊳ Ascending & descending urethrogram for urethra examination
- ⊳ Fistulagram and Sinugram for fistulas and sinus
• Screening Mammogram is requested for women that do not complain of any breast abnormalities. Usually, it is performed for the early detection of breast cancer. Studies have shown that having regular mammograms increases a woman\'s chances of finding breast cancer in an early stage, when it is more likely to be curable. It has been estimated that a mammogram may find a cancer as much as two years before it can be felt. Screening mammograms are not usually recommended for women under age 35 who have no special risk factors and a normal physical breast examination. Below age 35, breasts tend to be "radio-graphically dense," which means it is difficult to see many details.
• Diagnostic Mammogram is requested for the evaluation of new abnormalities or for patients with a past abnormality and requires follow-up such as a lump, discharge from the nipple, or unusual tenderness in one area. The cause of the problem may be definitively diagnosed from this study, but further investigation using other methods i.e. ultrasonogram may be necessary and it is used more and more even in routine cases.
It is the procedure where x-rays of a woman’s reproductive tract are taken, after a dye injection. This procedure may be also called as hysterography (or HSG). Hystero means uterus and salpingo means tubes, so hysterosalpingography literally means to take pictures of the uterus and fallopian tubes. It is used to determine if fallopian tubes are open, or if there is any apparent abnormality or defect in the uterus. It can be used to detect tumors, scar tissue, or tears in the lining of the uterus. This procedure is often used to help diagnose infertility in women. (The fallopian tubes are the location where an egg from the ovary joins with sperm to produce a fertilized ovum. If the fallopian tubes are blocked or deformed, the egg may not be able to descend or the sperm may be blocked from moving up to meet the egg. Up to 30% of all cases of infertility are due to damaged or blocked fallopian tubes).
It is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that changes sound waves into an image that can be viewed on a monitor. Doppler ultrasonography can detect the direction, velocity, and turbulence of blood flow. It is frequently used to detect problems with heart valves or to measure blood flow through the arteries. Specifically, it is useful in the work up of stroke patients, in assessing blood flow in the abdomen or legs, and in viewing the carotid artery diseases, which detect any blocking to brain vessels as well effect on heart vessels.
The test is widely used because it is noninvasive, uses no x rays, and gives excellent images. It is harmless, painless, and widely available.
Doctors of Radiology Department:
Acting Chairman: Dr. Ahmed Bamatraf
Dr. Madiha Isaac
Dr. Mohammed Salem Alsakkaf