Radiology

Our team of 16 subspecialty-trained Consultant Radiologists offer a consultant delivered service, including consultant delivered ultrasound, using state-of-the-art imaging and interventional techniques.

The Department of Radiology at the Mater Private Hospital was founded in 1986 by Professor Joe Ennis. It was the first private high-tech imaging centre housing the first MRI scanner in Ireland.   30 years later, the department continues to focus heavily on innovation and technology and has grown to a team of 16 subspecialty-trained Consultant Radiologists.

Our Team

Our team specialise in a full range of imaging and interventional options in the following areas:
 
  • Abdominal Imaging
  • Breast Imaging
  • Chest Imaging
  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Imaging
  • Emergency Radiology
  • Genitourinary Imaging
  • Gynaecologic Imaging
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Neuroimaging
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Oncology Imaging
  • Prostate Imaging

Radiology Services

The Radiology department offers a fully comprehensive range of procedures including:

 
  • Xray
  • CT (Dual Source CT 128 Slice scanner)
  • CT Colonography (Virtual Colonsocopy)
  • CT Angiography
  • DEXA Scanning
  • Barium procedures
  • Mammography (Digital)
  • Angiography
  • Interventional Radiology
  • MRI (Routine, dynamic and specialised contrast enhanced studies such as Cardiac MRI/Breast MRI)
  • PET/CT
  • Ultrasound – Carotid Doppler Ultrasound
  • Nuclear Imaging
  • At the Mater Private Hospital, we have a number of direct settlement agreements in place with the various insurance companies:

    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, Aspiration and Pain Injection: Fully covered by VHI, Aviva, Laya, GLO, GMA and ESB (majority of plans covered)
     
    Generay X-rays and Ultrasound:  scans are payable on the day of the procedure
     
    Call our insurance line on 01 885 8177 or email xrayaccounts@materprivate.ie.  Our advisors will be happy to check how much cover you have with your particular plan at the Mater Private Hospital.
  • An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body. Your bones, chest and abdomen are those areas most widely tested using an x-ray. This can be used to detect such diseases as arthritis, pneumonia or even blocked blood vessels. The process involves an x-ray machine passing safe levels of radiation through your body so that it can then record an image on a specialized plate which can be viewed by your doctor.

     

    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.

    Tel: 01 – 885 8172 / 01 – 885 8174

    Fax: 01- 885 8693

    Email: xrayappointments@materprivate.ie

     

    Ionising Exams Referral Criteria

    The referral criteria for the Mater Private hospital are that examinations involving ionising radiation shall comply with the provision of the legislation (SI 478, 2002, SI 459 2010 and SI 303, 2007 ) and the medical council policies on ionising radiation. These include that examinations meet the criteria below. The hospital regards the American college of radiology appropriateness criteria as useful tools to be taken into account in assessing suitability for x-rays and other examinations:

    A prescriber, who is usually a medical practitioner or those listed in the regulations, may prescribe a medical radiological procedure in respect of an individual and that prescription shall be in writing.

    1. A prescriber shall state in writing on each individual prescription his or her reason for requesting the particular procedure and the practitioner shall make arrangements to satisfy himself or herself that the procedure as prescribed is justified.
    2. The Medical exposure shall show a sufficient net benefit, weighing the total potential diagnostic or therapeutic benefit it produces, including the direct health benefits to an individual and the benefits to society, against the individual detriment that the exposure might cause, taking into account the efficacy, benefits and risks of available alternative techniques having the same objective but involving no or less exposure to ionizing radiation.
    3. Medical radiological procedures may only be authorised by, and be performed under the clinical responsibility of, a radiologist or radiation oncologist.
    4. The prescriber and the practitioner shall seek, where practicable, to obtain previous diagnostic information or medical records relevant to the planned exposure and consider these data to avoid unnecessary exposure.
    5. Exposures on medicolegal grounds, where there is no direct health benefit for the person undergoing the exposure, shall be performed only on foot of a specific written direction from the courts and providing the procedure required does not, in the opinion of the practitioner, pose a threat to the patient’s health and the dose is kept as low as reasonably achievable
    6. Medical exposures for occupational health surveillance shall not be permitted, save where, in the opinion of the Medical or Dental Councils and in consultation with a medical officer of the Health and Safety Authority, there are special circumstances pertaining to a particular employment or category of employment which warrant such exposures, exposures may be undertaken in accordance with such standards as shall be directed by the Medical or Dental Councils.
    7. The Irefer guidelines from the U.K. shall be taken into account.( www.rcr.ac.uk).
    8. Medical exposure for biomedical and medical research shall not be permitted save in accordance with such criteria as may be directed by the Medical or Dental Councils and approved by the local medical ethics committee
    9. In the case of a female of childbearing age, the prescriber, shall inquire whether she is pregnant, or breast feeding if relevant (e.g. nuclear medicine, and shall record her answers in writing.
    10. In the case of a female of childbearing age if pregnancy cannot be excluded or where the records fail to indicate whether the patient is pregnant or not, the prescriber, shall treat the patient as if she were pregnant.
    11. If pregnancy cannot be excluded, depending on the type of medical exposure, in particular if abdominal and pelvic regions are involved, special attention shall be given to the justification, particularly the urgency, and to the optimization of the medical exposure taking into account the exposure both of the expectant mother and the unborn child.
    12. In the case of a female who is breast feeding, in nuclear medicine, the prescriber, shall in recording their justification for continuing with a procedure have specific regard and make written reference to that fact. Special attention shall be given to the justification, particularly the urgency, and to the optimization of the medical exposure, taking into account the exposure for both the mother and for the child.
    13. Screening examinations must be performed with adequate considerations of the provisions of SI 459 2010.
  • A Barium X-Ray is a specialised X–Ray used to take images of the oesophagus, stomach and the bowel. Barium is a white liquid that can be safely ingested into the body. Once Barium has been swallowed, it coats the lining of the oesophagus, stomach, and bowel showing up clearly on an x-ray. This will give Doctors a more precise indication of any problems that may be developing in those areas. Barium is not radio-active.

    A barium enema is a special X-ray which helps highlight the bowel only. An enema is the injection of a liquid into your rectum through a small tube. In this case, the liquid contains barium, which coats the lining of the colon. Normally, an x-ray produces a poor image of soft tissues, but the barium coating results in a relatively clear silhouette of the colon. During a barium enema exam, air may be pumped into the colon. The air expands the colon and improves the quality of images.The whole process of injecting the fluid and taking the required x-rays takes around 30 minutes. It should not be painful but can cause some discomfort and bloating, mainly due to the large bowel stretching when the air is pumped in.

  • In this test, a picture is built up of the tissues inside your body using sound waves. Any part of your body can be scanned. Generally you are asked to lie on your back and a gel is spread over the area to be scanned. A small device like a microphone is then used to take the scan. This device makes sound waves that are changed into a picture on a computer. The test does not hurt and will only take about 10 minutes. After the test is complete, you will be able to go home.

    Appointments

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

    T: 01 885 8172

    F: 01 885 8693

  • A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images, or slices, of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more detailed information than plain X-rays do and can be performed on any part of your body. Some of the most common tests we offer at the Mater Private are:

    Appointments

    To book an appointment for a CT scan, please contact our team in the Radiology  Department who will be happy to help you:

    Tel: 01 – 885 8174 / 8858172

    Fax: 01 – 885 8693

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

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a cross-sectional imaging method using a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce detailed pictures of the body to help doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions. There are no x-rays involved.

    At the Mater Private Radiology Department, we offer the following types of scan:

    • Routine MRI scans
    • Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Scans - including renal, carotid, liver, pelvis and arthrography
    • Specialised scans- including Cardiac, Breast and Spectroscopy

     

    Appointments

    To book an appointment for a CT scan, please contact our team in the Radiology Department who will be happy to help you:

    Tel: 01 – 885 8173 / 01 – 885 8461

    Fax: 01 – 885 8282

    Email: xraymri@materprivate.ie

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

     

  • Nuclear medicine is the use of a small amount of radioactive material to help diagnose a wide variety of diseases and disorders. The radiation dose that the patient receives is usually less than a routine chest X-ray. Nuclear Medicine imaging is used to provide images of organs and areas of the body that cannot be seen well with standard X-rays.

    Appointments

    Tel: 01 – 885 8172 / 01 – 885 8174

    Fax: 01- 885 8693

    Email: xrayappointments@materprivate.ie

  • PET Scan - A PET scan produces three-dimensional, colour images that show how the tissues inside your body work. PET stands for Positron Emission Tomography.

    PET - CT Scan - A PET-CT scan combines a CT scan and a PET scan into one scan to give more detailed information about your cancer. A CT scan takes pictures from all around your body and uses a computer to put them together. A PET scan uses a very small amount of an injected radioactive drug to show where cells are active in the body.

    Appointments

    Access to appointments is by consultant referral only

    Tel: 01 – 803 4970

    Fax: 01 – 885 8480

    Email: materpetct@materprivate.ie

  • A bone scan looks for changes or abnormalities in the bones. It is also called a radionuclide scan, a scintigram or nuclear medicine scan. A bone scan can look at a particular joint or bone. In cancer diagnosis, it is more usual to scan the whole body.
     
    For this test, a very small amount of a mildly radioactive substance is injected into a vein, usually in your arm. A scan is then taken of all the bones in your body. As an abnormal bone absorbs more of the radioactive substance than normal bone, it can show up on the scan. This will usually show up as dark areas on the scan. After you get the injection, you must wait for up to 3 hours before the scan can be taken. The amount of radioactivity used in these scans is very low and safe. It disappears from your body within a few hours.