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A comprehensive digital imaging service provided to patients with a referral from their GP / Medical Consultant.

The Diagnostic Imaging and X-Ray department provides a complete digital diagnostic imaging service to inpatients and outpatients with a referral from their GP or Consultant. The department includes 8 Consultant Radiologists, 14 dynamic and experienced Radiographers supported by a dedicated care assistant and administration team.

 

Information

The Diagnostic Imaging and X-Ray department provides a complete digital diagnostic imaging service to inpatients and outpatients with a referral from their GP or Consultant. The department includes 8 Consultant Radiologists, 14 dynamic and experienced Radiographers supported by a dedicated care assistant and administration team.

The Radiologist team has a variety of sub specialisation interests to ensure the breath and depth of the services that the department provides supporting both the specialist departments within the hospital and also those of the GP community. In particular their specialism includes:

  • Vascular Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Neuro-Radiology Imaging
  • Gastro-Intestinal Imaging
  • Genito-Urinary Imaging
  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Bone Densitometry
  • General Imaging.

The Department has a complete range of state of the art diagnostic equipment which has benefited from significant investment in recent years. Combining the most advanced technology and equipment with leading radiology expertise, the department provides the optimum patient experience and world class reporting with radiologists permanently on-site to review scan results.

 

CONSULTATION PROCESS

Please aim to arrive to the hospital at least half an hour before your  scheduled appointment time to complete your registration and to be ready to start your scan on time. You will be advised in advance of the length of time your particular scan will take. If you are attending for a CT scan or MRI scan, you will receive a copy of your scan on CD. On request, you will also receive a copy of any other scans that may be completed. A copy of the report on the scan will be sent to your GP/Consultant within 24 to 48 hours.

COSTS:

Diagnostic Imaging Modality Costs
X-Ray €90 - €105
MRI Scan €250
Cardiac MRI €483
CT Scan €350
Cardiac CT €490
Ultrasound Scan €190
Dexa Scan €96

 

Insurance Coverage:

Direct payment schemes are in place for the following scans with no direct charge to the patient.:

  • MRI – Irish Life Health (Aviva / Glo), Garda Medical Aid, Prison Officers Medical Aid Scheme, ESB, Vhi (Consultant Referral)
  • CT  – Irish Life Health (Aviva / Glo), Garda Medical Aid, Prison Officers Medical Aid Scheme, ESB, Vhi (CT Colonoscopy only), LAYA (CT Colonoscopy only)
  • XRay / Ultrasound / Dexa Scanning - Grada Medical Aid, Prison Officers Medical Aid Scheme, ESB
  • Doppler Ultrasound Scanning - Laya, Vhi (Professional fee only), Irish Life Health (Professional fee only)

All other tests must be paid for on the day of the examination.

Service / Condition Treated

Bone Desitometry

Click here for info for the Bone Densitometry (Dexa Scan) at Bon Secours Hospital, Cork.

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

The carotid doppler ultrasound is used to evaluate the blood flow through the carotid arteries and to check for narrowing of the arteries. The narrowing of the arteries could indicated a potential risk of a stroke occurring and is generally caused by a build up of fat, cholesterol, calcium and other substances that circulate around the blood stream. Early detection of narrowed carotid arteries enables doctors to begin treatments that will decrease the risk of a stroke occurring.

Your doctor may recommend that you complete the scan if you have high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease or stroke, have suffered a recent TIA or stroke

The examination is totally painless and will not require any specific preparation. The sonographer carries out with test with a small hand held device called a transducer.

The ultrasound usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed Tomography (CT) provides an extensive service to the Hospital, particularly to the Endoscopy, Cardiology, Gastroenterology and Oncology units, together with our ever-growing Outpatient services.. ‘The Siemens Definition 64 slice scanner is amongst the first to adopt the latest in dose management technology.. The CT scanner provides dramatic image detail and resolution that allows for a more accurate diagnosis. Its radiation dose shield ensures that patients only receive the minimum, clinically relevant dose.  Patient care excellence is therefore  enhanced through maximal image quality based on latest technological advances, whilst simultaneously achieving significant patient radiation dose savings.

Our Consultant Radiology  and Radiographic team comprises a number of subspecialties such as CT Colonoscopy and Cardiac CT, together with CT of the neurological, urological, gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems.

The CT Department is led by an experienced and dedicated CT Clinical Specialist. The Department is actively involved in extensive post-graduate CT training and education, ensuring the highest standards of quality and care are consistently maintained.

 

The CT service is available from Monday to Friday 8.45am – 6.30pm.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Scan

MRI scanning is an invaluable diagnostic tool in all medical disciplines today. For an MRI Scan in Dublin, the Bon Secours Hospital provides the 1.5 Tesla Siemens Avanto MRI unit is capable of a wide range of both standard and advanced examinations. This state-of-the-art scanner is designed for maximum speed and comfort which is particularly important for patients who find it difficult to remain still or may suffer from claustrophobia.

All systems of the body can be imaged using MRI including Neurological (brain and spine), Musculoskeletal (joints), Abdominal and Pelvic, Angiographic (blood vessels) and Cardiac (heart) systems. The advantages of the multi-channel technology employed include higher speed, sharper images and increased patient comfort. It also facilitates performing examination ‘feet first’ in the scanner, alleviating anxieties regarding claustrophobia, and the performance of three dimensional (3D) scans. Further advanced examinations are also routine due to the revolutionary technology employed in this scanner. These include Whole body imaging, Whole Body Angiography (blood vessels) and Whole Spine imaging, - all in one examination without repositioning the patient. Imaging information is seamlessly ‘knitted’ together to create a clearer understanding of entire regions. Diffusion imaging is readily available together with Functional MRI of the Brain, and Cardiac examinations.

The MR Department provides a high quality efficient and accessible service. Appointments can be made via our Outpatient Booking Department by contacting them  on 01 8082300 or by faxing a referral to  (01 8082309). Appointments can generally be facilitated within a few days. Referrals are accepted from both GP's and consultants. As Bon Secours is a self pay private healthcare hospital, direct payment schemes are established with VHI (Consultant referral), Irish Life Health, Garda Medical Aid, Prison Officers Medical Aid and ESB schemes. This enables scanning with no direct charge to the patient.

 

Your MRI Scan

This information is intended to provide general information about your MRI scan. If you have any queries about your MRI scan please do not hesitate to contact us on 01 806 5406.

What is an MRI Scan?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique that uses a strong magnetic field and radio-waves to obtain detailed images of tissues and organs in your body

Who will I see? 

Throughout your MRI examination you will be cared for by a highly skilled Radiographer.

Is it Safe?

MRI scans are painless. However, due to the use of the strong magnetic field you can not be scanned if you have a Pacemaker or Internal Defibrillator.


If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the following please inform a Radiographer during your appointment booking:

  • You are or you think you might be pregnant
  • You have artificial heart valves
  • You have any clips or coils placed in your brain/head
  • You have a cochlear implant
  •  You have an implanted pain stimulator
  • You have a eye implant
  • You have had previous injuries to your eyes from metallic fragments

What are the benefits?

Medical Imaging can bring very real benefits to patients. The results of your MRI scan can help your doctor make the right diagnosis to any health issues you have been experiencing.

Before your MRI scan

When we book your appointment we will give you full instructions to follow prior to your scan. You will also be asked some safety questions prior to attending for your appointment.

The day of your scan

Please check-in with our administrative staff at x-ray reception and you will be shown where to wait for your scan. A radiographer will bring you through to the MRI unit were you will be asked to complete a detailed MRI safety checklist. All patients must complete this checklist before entering the scan room. A radiographer will ask you to undress into a hospital gown in a cubicle and to remove any loose metallic objects. These will be stored safely in your cubicle for the duration of your examination.

What happens during your MRI scan?

In the MRI scan room you will be asked to lie on the scan bed. The scanner is similar to a ‘tube shape’ with a short bore and open at both ends. Depending on your scan type will determine how far into the scanner you are placed. The radiographer may need to position extra imaging equipment on or around you to get clearer images.
The scanner does make a loud noise similar to a loud drum beating. The radiographer will either give you ear plugs or a set of headphones to wear during the scan. Through the headphones music can be played. The Radiographer does have to move to the control room to start the scans but can see and hear you at all times. You will be given a small rubber ball in your hand- this is a call bell as an additional means of contacting a radiographer during the scan. Your examination may take between 20-60 minutes depending on your examination.

Do I need an MRI dye Injection?

This will be dependant on the scan type requested by your doctor. MRI dye injections are useful to help increase the information obtained but is not always necessary. This is not a radio-active dye, it is clear in colour and is excreted from the body as when you would drink a glass of water.

If the CT X-Ray dye injection is given to me

If you require an MRI dye injection you will be asked to complete a safety check-list beforehand. During the scan the MRI dye will be administered to you through a vein in your arm. As with any medication there is a small chance you could develop an allergy to the MRI dye. If you develop an allergy we have qualified and experienced medical staff(s) who can assess you, and give treatments were necessary.

After your MRI scan

After your MRI scan you will feel no ill effects and you may continue with your normal daily activities. If you have received an injection of the MRI dye you will be asked to remain within the hospital for one hour after your scan.

When will I get results?

The acquired MRI images will be read by a Consultant Radiologist after your visit. A report will be sent to your referring doctor.

 

Specialities

Radiology

Consultants

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Dr Paul Brennan

Consultant neuroradiologist Diagnostic Imaging Radiology

Bon Secours Dublin

P:01 8065406

F:01 8368456

Dr Paul Brennan

Consultant neuroradiologist

Biography

Areas of Interest

Interventional Neuroradiology

Qualifications

M.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.R., F.F.R.R.C.S.I., M.Sc. (Int Neuro)

Contact Details

  • Dr Paul Brennan

Prof Jonathan Dodd

Consultant Radiologist Diagnostic Imaging Radiology

Bon Secours Dublin

P:01 8065406

F:01 8368456

Prof Jonathan Dodd

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Areas of Interest

Chest CT scanning, Lung Biopsy, Radiofrequency Ablation of Lung Cancer, Cardiac CT, Cardiac MRI scan.

Qualifications

M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., M.R.C.P.I., F.F.R.R.C.S.I.

Contact Details

  • Prof Jonathan Dodd

Dr Deirdre Duke

Consultant Radiologist Diagnostic Imaging Radiology

Bon Secours Dublin

P:01 8065406

F:01 8368456

Dr Deirdre Duke

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Areas of Interest

MRI Breat Speacialist

Qualifications

M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., F.F.R.R.C.S.I., M.R.C.P.I., M.Sc. (Radiological Sciences)

Contact Details

  • Dr Deirdre Duke

Dr Mark Given

Consultant Radiologist Diagnostic Imaging,Interventional Cardiovascular Suite Radiology

Dr Mark Given

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Qualifications

AFR, RCSI, FFR, FRAMZCR

Contact Details

  • Dr Mark Given
  • Beaumont Private Clinic, Beaumont, Dublin 9

Prof. Michael Lee

Consultant Radiologist Diagnostic Imaging Radiology

Bon Secours Dublin

P:01 8065406

F:01 8368456

Prof. Michael Lee

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Training

1976-1982                   Medical Degree, University College Dublin, Ireland

1976-1982                   University College Dublin, Ireland - Medical Degree

                                  Graduated June 1982 receiving MB, BCh, BAO.

1982-1985                   Intern yr and 2 yrs medicine, Dublin

1985-1989                   Radiology Trainee at Mater Hospital Dublin                        

1989- 1991                  Clinical Fellowships in Abdominal Imaging and Interventional Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston.      

1991 - 1995                  Interventional Radiologist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston

1995-   Date                 Consultant Interventional Radiologist, Beaumont  Hospital, Dublin 
                                   Professor of Radiology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

Society Positions

  • Elected to Board of Faculty of Radiology 1996-2001
  • Chairman Imaging Committee, Faculty of Radiology, 1996
  • Founding member and 1st President Irish Society of Interventional Radiology, 1996-1998
  • President, International Society of Hepato-Biliary and Pancreatic Diseases 1998-1999
  • Elected to Membership committee, CIRSE, 1998-2000
  • Secretary Radiology section, Royal Academy of Medicine in Ireland 1998-2001
  • Member Subcommittee on Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Imaging, ECR 1998-1999
  • Treasurer, International Society of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases 1999-2000
  • Secretary Interventional Society Of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases 2000-2001.
  • Member of the Board Of Irish Society Of Gastroenterology 1998.    
  • Vice - Dean, Faculty of Radiology, 2000 - 2001.
  • Chairman, Research Sub-Committee, Faculty of Radiologists 2000 - 2001.
  • Research Officer CIRSE, 2001-2003.
  • President International Society of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Radiology 2002.
  • Chairman Vascular Subcommittee, ECR 2004.
  • Education Officer, CIRSE, 2003-2005
  • Program Committee Chairman CIRSE, 2005-2007
  • Treasurer Cirse, 2007-2009
  • Vice President CIRSE 2009-11
  • President CIRSE 2011-2013
  • Past President CIRSE 2013-2015

Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Interventional Radiology
  • Journal of Vascular Investigation
  • Asst Editor Clinical Radiology 1996-2001
  • Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
  • European Editor Seminars in Interventional Radiology 2012

Publications and Invited Lectures

  • 180 papers in peer reviewed journals
  • 55 chapters and reviews
  • >600 abstracts
  • 180 invited lectures
  • 4 eponymous lectures

Books

Interventional Radiology: The Requisites. JA Kaufman, MJ Lee

Series Editor: Technique Handbooks in IR

  • Handbook of Angioplasty and Stenting
  • IR procedures in Biopsy and Drainage
  • Transcatheter Embolization
  • Techniques in Neurointervention-2013
  • Techniques in Interventional Oncology-2013
  • Techniques in Paediatric Intervention-2014

Areas of Interest

Fibroid embolization, Varicocoele embolisation, Tumor Ablation, Interventional Radiation, Abdominal Imaging, Liver/ Billary Disease, Fibroid Embolization, MRI & CT Gastro-intestinal, Abdominal, Pelvic, Genito-urinary and vascular imaging

Qualifications

F.R.C.P.I., F.R.C.R., F.F.R.(RCSI), E.B.I.R., F.S.I.R.

Contact Details

  • Prof. Michael Lee
  • Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Dr Frank McGrath

Consultant Radiologist Diagnostic Imaging Radiology

Bon Secours Dublin

P:01 8065406

Dr Frank McGrath

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Areas of Interest

Interventional Abdominal and Vascular Radiology, Musculoskeletal adiology and Sports Imaging, MRI Musculoskeletal/Spine, Chest/Thorax Imaging, General CT scanning

Qualifications

M.Sc., F.F.R.R.C.S.I., F.R.C.R., F.R.C.P.(C)

Contact Details

  • Dr Frank McGrath
  • Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Prof Martina Morrin

Consultant Radiologist Diagnostic Imaging Radiology

Bon Secours Dublin

P:01 8065406

Prof Martina Morrin

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Areas of Interest

MRI & CT Gastro-intestinal, Abdominal, Pelvic, Genito-urinary, and general CT.

Qualifications

F.R.C.R., F.F.R.R.C.S.I.

Contact Details

  • Prof Martina Morrin
  • Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Dr. Eavan Thornton

Consultant Radiologist Diagnostic Imaging Radiology

Bon Secours Dublin

P:01 8065406

F:01 8368456

Dr. Eavan Thornton

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Areas of Interest

Gastro-intestinal, Abdominal, Pelvic, general imaging

Contact Details

  • Dr. Eavan Thornton
  • Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Appointments

A GP / Consultant is required for all examinations. All patients attending the department will be required to bring a copy of this referral on the day of their examination if it has not already been received by their GP / Consultant.

Referral forms can be downloaded by clicking here.

Please phone our outpatient department on 01 8082300 and one of our team will arrange an appointment for a date and time that best suits you.  If you are attending the hospital for any other test please mention this to a member of our team when booking your appointment and we will endeavour to co-ordinate your appointment times.

The Department provides a walk-in service for general X-Rays to GP surgeries and their patients. This service is available Monday-Friday 9.00am-4.30pm.

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