The dept. 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 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:
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.
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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) 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 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:
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.
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.
Interventional Radiology: The Requisites. JA Kaufman, MJ Lee
Series Editor: Technique Handbooks in IR
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
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.
CT Scans (other than listed below) €390
CT Calcium Score €300
CT Cardiac €490
CT Coronary Angiography €490
CT Colon €487
Ultrasound €190 / €210
Carotid Duplex Scan €210
CT – Covered by Irish Life, POMAS, GMA, ESB
CT Colon - Covered by Laya and Vhi (per criteria)
MRI – Covered by Vhi, Irish Life Health, POMAS, GMA, ESB
All other tests must be paid for on the day of the examination. Depending upon the insurance package, it may be possible to get some or all of the cost reimbursed by your insurance company on submission of the invoice. Please check directly with your insurance company.
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.