Radiology and Densitometry 

We provide MRI/CT services in conjunction with Alliance Medical, with details of their services as below:

  • MRI: Fully covered by Aviva, GLO, GMA and ESB (majority of plans covered)
  • VHI cover for Consultant referrals only
  • CT Scans: Full covered by Aviva, GLO, GMA and ESB (majority of plans covered)
  • VHI & Laya cover for Oncology referrals only
  • Image Guided Biopsy & Aspirations Fully covered by VHI, Aviva, Laya, GLO, GMA and ESB (majority of plans covered)
  • General X-rays and Ultrasound:  scans are payable on the day of the procedure
  • The fee for DEXA Scan is not covered under health insurance and is payable on the day of the scan.

 

Diagnostic Imaging Services

  • Diagnostic Imaging is carried out in partnership with Alliance Medical.
  • Alliance Medical is a specialist provider of diagnostic imaging services and works in partnership with the Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee.
  • Alliance Medical believes in providing patients with easily accessible, high quality clinical care, using appropriate technology, in a timely manner and within a caring environment.
  • CT and MRI scans are covered by Health Insurers including VHI, Laya Healthcare, Irish Life Health, Glo Health, GMA, ESB and the Prison Officers

 

The diagnostic Imaging team at the Bon Secours Tralee is comprised of:

2 x Consultant Radiologists

Operational Services Manager

3 x Clinical Specialist Radiographers - Angiography/ Ultrasound/RisPacs

1 x Senior Radiographer Ultrasound

2 x Radiographers

3 x Clerical Officers

1 x MultiSkilled Care attendant

 

Opening Hours

Radiology and Densitometry

Monday - Friday 8.30am-5.00pm,

On call service:

Monday-Thursday 5.00pm-8.30am

Friday 5.00pm until Monday 8.30am

There are no out of hours CT or MRI Services

 

Diagnostic Imaging:

8am - 8pm Monday to Friday

8am - 4pm Saturday

No on-call CT & MRI service

 

Appointments

A GP referral letter is required before an appointment can be confirmed.

A walk-in service with no appointment necessary is provided Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

 

 

What happens on the day of my CT scan?

On the day of your scan, please arrive 15mins before your appointment time.  Depending on whether you need to take contrast, your arrival appointment time might be 1-2hrs before your actual procedure but this will be clearly explained to you before your appointment. Please check in at our reception where you will be asked to complete some forms before being brought to the scan room.  Your examination will be explained to you and you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you might have before your scan.

During the scan, you will be asked to lie on a flat table, which might be raised up and then moved into a donut shaped gantry. Straps and pillows may be used to help keep you in a proper position during your scan. Your radiographer will communicate with you from outside the scan room via an intercom and you will be asked to hold your breath at certain times during your scan.

Your scan will be painless and should take approx. 10-20mins to complete.

After your scan is finished, you will be removed from the scanner and allowed to dress and retrieve your belongings.

After your scan, one of our Consultant Radiologists will review your scan and report on its findings.  This report will be sent to your GP, with whom you will be able to discuss your results.

 

What happens during my MRI Scan?

Unless told otherwise, no special preparation is required for your scan. It is helpful if you attend wearing clothing without any metal parts, such as hooks, buttons or Zips.  If this is not possible, you will be given a hospital gown to wear during your scan. You will also be required to complete a safety questionnaire prior to your scan.

Most MRI Scans do not require you to fast and so your meals and medication may be taken normally prior to your appointment. If your MRI scan requires you to fast prior to your appointment, you will be advised at the time of scheduling your appointment.

Please arrive 15mins prior to your appointment time. Please ensure that you remove all jewellery, coins, wallets, watches, hair grips, mobile phones and other loose items from your person.

During your scan, you will be asked to lie on a flat table which will be raised up and moved into a hollow tunnel. Loud noises are heard during your MRI scan and you will be provided with ear defenders or ear plugs to mitigate against this.  Small devices, called coils, may be placed around or close to certain parts of your body when you are in the scanner. These help to capture more precise images of the structures within your body.  It is important that you remain very still during your examination. Movement can cause distortion of your MRI images so might make it necessary to repeat your scan.

Your radiographer will leave the room during your scan but you will be able to see them at all times. You will be given a call bell to use, should you require assistance during your scan.

An MRI scan typically takes 20mins to complete but may take longer for certain examinations.

Some MRI scans require you to have an injection of contrast into a vein. You should inform your radiographer if you suffer from any allergies, asthma or have any problems with your heart, kidneys or liver, prior to being given this injection.

If you have had this type of contrast injection previously, please inform your radiographer if you had any problems with it. There are no side effects from an MRI scan and you will be allowed to drive and return home after the scan.

After your scan, the images will be reviewed by one of our Consultant Radiologists and they will report the findings of your scan to your GP.  Your doctor will then discuss the results of your scan with you.

 

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Thomas Greaney
Consultant Radiologist
Radiology and Densitometry, Radiology
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066 714 9869 Fax: 066 714 9801

Dr. Thomas Greaney

Consultant Radiologist

Biography

Dr Thomas Greaney is a Consultant Radiologist at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.  

Graduated from NUI Galway 1990 and completed MRCPI in 1993. Trained in Radiology at St. Vincent’s University Hospital from 1993 to 1997 and completed FFR(RCSI) and FRCR in 1996 and 1997 respectively. Post-fellowship training At McMaster University Medical Centre and Henderson Hospital, Ontario and at Addenbrookes and Papworth Hospitals, Cambridge, 1997 – 1999.

Consultant Radiologist at Kerry General Hospital (1999 – 2013) and at Bon Secours Hospital, Tralee (1999 - ).

Dr Greaney has participated in numerous publications and presentations, which includes presenting at the Scientific Exhibit at the European Congress of Radiology in Vienna. 

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Ciaran Healy
Consultant Interventional Radiologist
Radiology and Densitometry, Radiology Radiology
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066 714 9869 Fax: 066 7149801

Dr. Ciaran Healy

Consultant Interventional Radiologist

Biography

Dr Ciaran Healy is a Consultant Radiologist at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.  Dr Healy graduated from the Royal College of Surgeons in 2001. Following graduation, Dr Healy carried out his Specialist training in Ireland and in Canada, completing training schemes at Beaumont Hospital Dublin, The Mater Hospital Dublin, St Paul’s Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver. Dr Healy is the author of 18 peer-reviewed publications, and has presented at many national and international conferences. Dr Healy is a member of the Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology Society of Europe (CIRSE), the European Society of Radiolgy (ESR), the European Association of Endoscopic Surgery, the Radiology Society of North America (RSNA), the American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Cardiac CT. Dr. Healy joined the Specialist Registry of the Irish Medical Council in 2015.

 

Specialist Interests 

Dr Healy  has a specialist interest in all aspects of radiology. Dr Healy  is vastly experienced in body imaging, chest and abdominal imaging and body intervention.

 

Education

  • M.B. , B.C.h , B.A.O (N.U.I.), L.R.C.P  & S.I. (2001)
  • M.R.C.S (2004)
  • M.D. (Doctorate of Medicine)  NUI 2007
  • F.F.R.R.C.S.I (2013)
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Previous  Appointments

  • Beaumont Hospital Dublin
  • Mater Misericordiae Hospital Dublin
  • Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin
  • St Pauls Hospital Vancouver, Canada
  • Vancouver General Hospital, Canada

 

Awards

  • First Place in Graduating Class, Royal College of Surgeons 2001.
  • The Desmond Murray Gold Medal and Council Prize 2001.
  • First Place and Silver Medal in Paediatrics 2001.
  • Edward J Guiney Medal in Paediatric  Surgery 2001.
  • Sir William Wheeler Memorial Medal in Surgery 2001.
  • The Reuben Harvey Prize 2001.
  • The Dominic Corrigan Memorial Medal for Proficiency in Medicine 2001.
  • The Desmond Lyons Memorial Medal for Proficiency in Surgery 2001.
  • The Robert McDonnell Memorial Medal for Proficiency in Surgery 2001.
  • Our Lady’s Crumlin Hospital prize for 1st plave in Paediatrics 2001.
  • Royal Academy of Medicine Ireland (RAMI), Surgical Section, Registrar’s Prize Winner, Royal College of Surgeons 2006.
  • Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) , Coloproctology  Section, Irish Travelling Fellow Prize, Prague 2006
  • Winner of American Society of Colorectal Surgery Research Prize, Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri 2007.
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Publications

  • A Case of pancreatic carcinoma with a favourable response to treatment. C.F. Healy, D.S. Leonard, HH  Osborne,  J.M. Deasy. Ir J Med Sci, 2003, Vol 172 (3) 156
  • PNET of the Hallux. J.F. Quinlan, C.F. Healy, D. Royston, P. Murray. Ir J Med Sci 2004 (97);4:118
  • Primary Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Breast: the value of Positron Emission Tomography in  confirming the  diagnosis. C.F. Healy, L Feely, E Leen, T.N. Walsh, Clin Breast Cancer 2006, 7(5): 413-415
  • The effects of low-frequency endo-anal electrical stimulation on faecal incontinence: a prospective trial. C.F. Healy,  A.E. Brannigan, E.M. Connolly, M Eng, M O’Sullivan, C Cusack, J.M. Deasy. Int J Colorectal Dis. 2006 Dec;21(8):802-6
  • Transfusion requirements and outcomes in patients undergoing abdominal aortic surgery using intra- operative cell  salvage. C.F. Healy, M. Doyle, B. Egan, B. Hendrick, M.K. O’ Malley, M.K. O’ Donohoe. Ir J Med  Sci 2007 Mar:176(1)33-6
  • Experimental Models of Neuropathic Fecal Inctoninence: An animal Model of Childbirth Injury to the Pudendak  Nerve and External Anal Sphincter. C.F. Healy, P.R.O’Connell, C. O’Herlihy, J.F. Jones, Dis Colon Rectum. 2008  Sept 9 (E pub ahead of print)
  • External and sphincter fatigue is not improved by N-Acetylcysteine in an animal model. C.F. Healy, C. McMorrow,  C. O’Herlihy, P.R. O’Connell, J.F. Jones, Neurogastroenterology and Motil. 2008 Jun;20(6):719-24
  • Effects of prolonged vaginal distention and sphincter transection on physiologic function of the external anal  sphincter in an animal model. Pierce C, Healy CF, O’Herlihy C, O’Connell PR, Jones JX. Obstet Gynecol 2008.  Oct; 112(4):934-4
  • Lack of Awareness of oesophageal carcinoma among the public in Ireland. S.C. Fitzgerald, M Al Sahaf, H  Furlong,  K Pennycook, C Healy, T.N. Walsh, Ir J Med, Sci 2008.
  • Sacral Nerve Stimulation for faecal inctoninenc. J.M. O’Riordan, C.F. Healy, A.E. Brannigan, P.R. O’Connell, Ir   Med Sci 2008 Jun;177(2):117-9
  • Reduced somatosensory cortical activation in experimental models of neuropathic faecal incontinence.   Pierce C,  Healy C.F., O’Herlihy C, O’Connell P.R., Jones J.F. Dis Colon Rectum. 2009 Aug;52(8):1417-22
  • Multiple Myeloma-A review of imaging features and radiological technique. C.F. Healy, J.G. Murray, S.J.  Eustace,  J. Madewell, P. O’Gorman, P O’Sullivan, Bone Marrow, Research, 2011.
  • Spontaneous Bronchopleural Fistula caused by a cavitating rheumatoid mass. Journal of Rheumatology,  2015 Jan;  42 (1) 138-8
  • Subpubic Cartilaginous Cyst: A Rare Sub-Clitoral Mass. Healy CF, Pang E, Bakhsh S, White L, McAlpine JN,  Yee  WC, Harris AC. J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2016 Feb;38(2):102-3.
  • An Unusual "Collision Tumour" of the Prostate Gland and Rectum. Healy CF, Ferguson D, Mohammed MF,  Waterhouse J, Harris AC. Can J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2016;2016:7486473.
  • National Audit on CT Colonography Practices in Ireland. A.E. Smyth, C.F. Healy, E Aherne, P Macmathuna,  M.M.  Morrin, H.M. Fenlon. Ir Med J. 2016 Jun 10;109(6):419.

Qualifications

M.D., M.R.C.S. , F.F.R.R.C.S.I.

Contact Details

  • Dr. Ciaran Healy

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