At SHB Imaging we offer a comprehensive range of high quality diagnostic and therepeutic radiological procedures
Any scan interpreted or procedure performed will be done by fully trained consultant radiologists who all hold local consultant radiology posts at Frimley Park Hospital, recently named as one of the best NHS trusts in the country. All our consultants have extensive specialist training in diagnostic radiology and further subspecialist training in their particular areas of expertise. All undergo regular audit and professional appraisal, are on the GMC specialist register and actively participate in lifelong learning to keep up to date with latest developments in their field.
We will offer you as much flexibility as possible with respect to the timing and location of your appointment. All our sites are in modern, clean and safe hospital environments. The scan will be performed by a consultant or one of our highly trained radiographers and we will sometimes provide you with a copy of your images and store a digital copy on the hospital radiology imaging network for future reference. The scan will be interpreted and a report produced usually within 24 hours or sooner if urgent. Any report will always include the consultant radiologist's name so that the referring professional can discuss the investigation with them.
Together we are able to provide a broad range of subspecialty expertise to ensure that our patients receive the best possible standard of care
We are always happy
to discuss the most appropriate radiological investigation for a given indication with any referring clinician
Computed tomography (CT) uses X-rays to create high resolution cross sectional images of the body. Advanced techniques include cardiac CT to look at the heart and its blood vessels and CT colonography to examine the colon in preference to barium enema or colonoscopy.
Magnetic resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create high resolution images of the body. It shows organs such as the brain, liver and joints in high detail.
Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves which are reflected by structures in the body and produce an image of the soft tissues. It is used to image the abdominal organs, pelvic organs, testes and the thyroid. It is excellent for muskuloskeletal work and to direct injections or biopsies
Plain X-rays are often used as first line investigation for the chest and bones. More specialised fluoroscopic techniques combine X-ray imaging and contrast dyes to image and assess swallowing, the bowel or blood vessels in real time.
Nuclear medicine utilises a very small amount of a radioactive substance which is taken up by specific structures or disease processes. The localised increased activity is then picked up by a special camera.
PET - CT
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computed Tomography (CT) combines the metabolic information of a PET nucleide study with the anatomical resolution of a CT scan to produce accurate staging information in cancer
Interventional radiology uses various image-guided techniques for both diagnostic and therepeutic reasons. Examples include ultrasound or CT guided biopsy of a structure and treatments such as endovascular grafts and joint injections.
We work closely with orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists and physiotherapists to provide a comprehensive imaging service for the bones and joints of the body.
We can help to make an initial assessment and diagnosis of muskuloskeletal problems using a variety of tecniques including ultrasound and MRI. Image guided treatment such as joint injections can also be performed.
Our breast radiologists work closely with the consultant breast surgeons and rest of the breast care team in the Breast Practice Group to provide imaging from initial consultation to diagnosis and treatment