Radiology Services At Saint Francis Private Hospital

Radiology Services


  • MRI
  • Ultrasound
  • DXA
  • X-Ray

Frequently asked questions by our patients

X-Ray FAQs

What is an X-Ray?

An X-Ray is a picture of the internal structures of the body produced by exposure to a controlled source of X-Rays and generally recorded on a sensitive phosphor plate.

What happens during the X-Ray examination?

You will be taken into the X-Ray room where the radiographer will position you for the X-Ray. Although the radiographer will go behind a screen, you will be seen and heard at all times. You will be asked to stay still and sometimes to take a deep breath in and hold it for a few seconds.

Are there any risks or side effects?

There are risks involved with X-Rays, but a plain X-Ray uses a small amount of radiation, equivalent to that which we all receive from the atmosphere over a period of two or three days. X-Rays are only used if the benefit to the patient outweighs the small risk involved. The X-Ray scan is not painful.

What if I am pregnant?

If you think you might be pregnant, please tell the radiographer prior to your scan as the use of X-Rays may be harmful to your baby.

Are you required to make any special preparations?

No. However, please notify the radiology department if you have had a similar X-Ray recently or if you are a woman who is or might be pregnant.

How long will it take?

The process to taking the X-Ray will last only a few seconds, but the radiographer may need to take further X-Rays in different positions. Usually the full examination takes no longer than 5-10 minutes.

Can I bring a relative or friend with me?

Yes, but for safety reasons, they will only be allowed into the examination room in special circumstances.

When will I get my results?

The consultant radiologist will read your X-Ray images. Results are available within 48hrs of the examination in the majority of cases.

Ultrasound Scans FAQs

What is an Ultrasound?

Ultrasound is a picture of part of the inside of the body using sound waves of a frequency above the audible range of the human ear. A small hand-held sensor (probe), which is pressed carefully against the skin surface, generates sound waves and detects echoes reflected back from the surfaces and tissue boundaries of internal organs. The probe can be moved over the skin to view the organs from different angles, with the pictures are displayed on a screen and recorded for subsequent study.

Ultrasound imaging complements other diagnostic imaging modalities and is widely used for evaluating different parts of the body. Your doctor will order the ultrasound test most appropriate to answer his clinical questions.

What happens during the Ultrasound examination?

The radiologist will call you into the room when are ready to start your scan. The procedure will be explained to you and if you need to undress you will be shown to a cubicle where you can change into a gown. You will be asked to recline on the US table and the lights may be dimmed so that the images on the screen are more clearly seen. A gel will be applied to your skin to allow the probe to slide easily over the area to be scanned, and helps produce clearer pictures. You may be asked to take deep breaths and hold your breath, or to turn on your side.

Trans-Vaginal Scan

On occasion, it may be necessary for you to have an internal vaginal Ultrasound examination in addition to a pelvis scan. You will be required to consent for the examination and a chaperone will be present throughout the 3-5 minute internal exam. The special vaginal probe that is covered with a sterile protective sheath and then lubricated with gel to make insertion into the vagina easier. The probe is inserted gently into the vagina. By moving the probe in various directions, the pelvic structures are displayed on the TV monitor.

Are there any risks or side effects?

No. Ultrasound scans do not use radiation to obtain images and is considered to be very safe. Occasionally it may be necessary to apply pressure with the sensor over certain areas to get clearer images of the anatomy being looked at causing slight discomfort, but not pain.

How should I prepare for the Ultrasound scan?

You may be given instructions which will relate to the part of the body to be scanned e.g. you may be asked to drink fluids. It is very important that you follow this preparation.

How long will it take?

The scan usually takes about 15 minutes depending on what scan has be requested by your referring doctor.

Can I bring a relative or friend with me?

Yes. A family member or friend may be with you during the scan.

When will I get my results?

The consultant radiologist will read your Ultrasound scan. Results are available within 48hrs of the examination in the majority of cases.

St Francis Private Hospital offers Utrasound scans to patients for a variety of areas including:

  • Thyroid
  • Carotids
  • Abdomen
  • Pelvis
  • Renal
  • Testes
  • Musculo-skeletal

Tell us what you think!

We always appreciate your feedback, so please don't hesitate to tell us what you think of our services by filling out our patient feedback form in the radiology department.

If you have any further queries, please call please call us to speak to one of our team, on 044 9385391.

Download our MRI Brochure (pdf)

Download our Ultrasound Brochure (pdf)

Download our DXA Brochure (pdf)

Download our X-Ray Brochure (pdf)

Download Radiology Referral Form (pdf)

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