The Radiology Department provides a range of modern diagnostic modalities including MRI, CT,Ultrasound and X-Ray.
- Xray: 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri
- CT: 8am to 6pm Mon to Fri
- Ultrasound: 9am - 5pm Mon - Fri
- MRI: 07:30am - 8pm Mon - Sat
Appointments for x-ray are available on a walk-in basis with all urgent appointments typically available within 24 hours.
Diagnostic imaging services are delivered by Cork based sub-specialist consultant radiologists. Reporting radiologists:
- Dr. Lee Crush
- Dr. Philip Cadigan
- Dr. Martin O’Driscoll
- Dr. Adrian Brady
- Dr. Peter MacEneaney
- Dr. Marie Stuanton
- Dr. Patrick Sparrow
- Dr. Cathy Dewhurst
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.
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.
- CT Scanning
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. For some CT scans you maybe asked not eat or drink from midnight before the CT. For others, you may be given a special drink that helps to show up certain parts of your body on the scan. The test does not hurt and most people can go home afterwards.
During a CT Scan
CT scanners are shaped like a large doughnut standing on its side. You lie on a narrow, motorized table that slides through the opening into a tunnel. Straps and pillows may be used to help you stay in position. During a head scan, the table may be fitted with a special cradle that holds your head still.
While the table moves you into the scanner, detectors and the X-ray tube rotate around you. Each rotation yields several images of thin slices of your body. You may hear buzzing, clicking and whirring noises.
A Radiographer in a separate room can see and hear you. You will be able to communicate with them via intercom. You may also be asked to hold your breath at certain points to avoid blurring the images.
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
- Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Why Cardiac Calcium Scoring?
Cardiac Calcium Scoring is used to diagnose Coronary Artery Disease (C.A.D.) in symptomatic or asymptomatic patients.
C.A.D. Risk Factors:
- High blood cholesterol levels
- Family history of heart attacks
- High blood pressure
- Physical Inactivity
- Routine non contrast per scan €220
- Contrast Enhanced Scan €260
- Peripheral MRI €395
- MRE (enterography) €395
- MRI with pacemaker in situ €440 per scan
- 1 area €220
- 1 area with contrast €260
- CT Chest & Abdomen & pelvis €440 ( with contrast)
- Calcium Scoring €220
- CT Cardiac €490
- Abdominal €150
- Pelvis €150
- Abdomen and Pelvis €195
- Peripheral Doppler €150 per leg
- Carotid Doppler €150
- Testicular €150
- Thyroid €100
- Trans rectal €285
- Trans vaginal €150
- Axial Skeleton (Chest, Abdomen & Pelvis) €90
- Extremity per extremity (Foot, Ankle, Hand, Wrist, Knees, Elbows) €80
- Spine €100