Diagnostic Imaging

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

The Diagnostic Imaging Department at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin provides a complete digital diagnostic imaging service to inpatients and outpatients with a referral from their GP or Consultant. The Department includes 5 Consultant Radiologists, 10 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 5 Consultant Radiologists, 10 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:

  • Cardiac Imaging
  • Vascular Imaging
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Neuro-Radiology Imaging
  • Gastro-Intestinal Imaging
  • Genito-Urinary Imaging
  • Breast MR 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.

In 2019, the department installed a new MRI machine with high density coils, significantly improving the quality of the imaging. It is a wide bore magnet to scan patients who might be over weight and enable shorter scan times to improve the experience for claustrophobic patients. The scanner facilitates feet first scanning, which greatly improves patient comfort, alleviating anxieties and stressors relating to claustrophobia which can present difficulty for certain patients.

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

A carotid doppler ultrasound scan is used to evaluate blood flow through the carotid arteries in the neck. Narrowing of the carotid arteries could indicate a potential risk of a stroke occurring. It is generally caused by a build up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances that circulate around the blood stream. Early detection of narrowed carotid arteries enable doctors to begin treatments that will decrease the risk of a stroke occurring.

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

The examination is totally painless. The physiologist carries out with test with a small hand held device called a transducer.

Test duration:  30 minutes

Test preparation:

No prior preparation is necessary
Cost: €200
Insurance: Vhi, LAYA, ESB, GMA, POMAS and partially covered by Irish Life Health.
Referral:   By GP or Consultant
Results: Normally within 48 hours. Results are returned directly to the referring doctor /  consultant.

                   

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.

 

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Paul Brennan
Consultant neuroradiologist
Diagnostic Imaging Radiology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 806 5406 Fax: 01 836 8456

Dr Paul Brennan

Consultant neuroradiologist

Biography

Dr Brennan completed his training in the Royal College of Physicians Ireland in 1981 followed by Fellowship Higher specialist training in Oxford UK, Zurich Switzerland and San Francisco USA.

Areas of Interest

Diagnostic Neuroradiology and Interventional Neuroradiology including Neuro MR, Spinal MR and Nerve Root Block Injections.

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
  • Bon Secours Hospital Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Michael Lee
Consultant Radiologist
Diagnostic Imaging Radiology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 806 5406 Fax: 01 836 8456

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 Dublin, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Secretary

Frank McGrath
Consultant Radiologist
Diagnostic Imaging Radiology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 8065406

Dr Frank McGrath

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Dr McGrath completed his Radiologist training in the Royal College of Physicians Ireland in 1982 and completed his Fellowship Higher specialist training programme in 1989. He went on to complete a further two years specialty fellowship training in Interventional, Abdominal Imaging and Musculoskeletal Radiology.

Areas of Interest

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

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
Martina Morrin
Consultant Radiologist
Diagnostic Imaging Radiology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 806 5406

Prof Martina Morrin

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Prof Morrin completed her training in the Mater University Hospital (1994 - 1997) and her Fellowship training in Abdominal Imaging and Intervention at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School USA  from 1997 to 1999.

She was appointed Attending Radiologist at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center where she worked from 1999 to  2005. On return to Ireland in 2005, she has worked as a Consultant Radiologist in Beaumont Hospital and as a Consultant Radiologist in the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin since 2008.

Areas of Interest

Abdominal and Pelvic Imaging including CT, MRI and Ultrasound, Gastro-intestinal and Genito-urinary Imaging, CT Colonography, non-vascular image-guided biopsies and drainages

Qualifications

FFRRCSI, FRCR, FRCPI, M.Sc. American Boards In Radiology

Contact Details

  • Prof Martina Morrin
  • Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
Eavan Thornton
Consultant Radiologist
Diagnostic Imaging Radiology
Bon Secours Hospital Dublin
Phone: 01 806 5406 Fax: 01 836 8456

Dr. Eavan Thornton

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Dr Thornton completed her Radiology Training at Beaumont Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, USA, and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, USA.

On her return to Ireland, she was appointed radiology lecturer (RCSI) in 2012 and Consultant Radiologist at the Bon Secours Hospital Dublin in 2012.

Areas of Interest

Cancer imaging, Abdominal and Pelvic imaging including CT, MRI and US. CT Colonography, non-vascular image-guided biopsies and drainages.

Qualifications

MRCPI, FFRRCSI

Contact Details

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

A GP or Consultant referral 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.

 

CT Scans (other than listed below)   

            1 scan                                   €390

             2 scans                                €730

CT Calcium Score                            €300

CT Cardiac                                       €490 

CT Coronary Angiography               €490

CT Colon                                          €487

Dexa                                                 €110

MRI                                                   €260

Ultrasound                                        €190

Carotid Duplex Scan                        €210

X-Ray                                               from €90

 

Insurance Coverage

CT               Covered by Irish Life, POMAS, GMA, ESB

CT Colon     Covered by Irish Life and Vhi (per criteria)

MRI              Covered by Irish Life Health, POMAS, GMA, ESB, Vhi (Cons. ref. only)

 

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.

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 may receive a copy of your scan on CD by request. 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 normally within 24 to 48 hours.

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