200 Rivonia Road Radiology’s qualified Doctors, technical staff, and clerical staff are committed to providing a center of excellence with high-quality diagnostic imaging expertise and patient care. As such, we have invested in a range of advanced equipment and digital technologies including Fully Digital X-ray, and a Multislice Scanner.
200 Rivonia Road Radiology is dedicated to the safe and efficient use of advanced imaging to help improve the health of the patients we consult. Delivering state-of-the-art diagnostic and interventional radiology services we pride ourselves on providing images that can lead to improved treatment options and outcomes.
Computerised tomography (CT or CAT scan) is an imaging procedure that uses special x-ray equipment to create detailed images of areas inside the body which enables physicians to diagnose and treat medical conditions. The scan times can be anything from 5 minutes to 45 minutes depending on the type of scan.
The examination usually involves having intravenous (IV) contrast as well as oral and/or rectal contrast. There is a risk of an allergic reaction to the contrast media which contains iodine. If a patient is allergic to iodine, the appropriate cortisone and antihistamine preparations must be followed.
It is important that you notify our staff of any allergies to iodine or shellfish.
A Planning CT Scan allows us to obtain 3D images of the area being treated, which helps the Radiotherapist plan.
The scan itself lasts between 10 – 15 minutes on average; but additional preparatory procedures for patients may increase the appointment to approximately 2 hours. While some patients will require an injection of a contrast agent (IV contrast) and others may need to drink a liquid before the scan (oral contrast), so as to help highlight important areas our doctors may want to treat or avoid.
200 Rivonia Road Radiology staff will take measurements for your radiotherapy record during the procedure. Small marks will be placed on your skin using a felt tip-type pen. At the end of the process, these marks will be made permanent, with your permission, by tattooing a small dot, this is so that prior to and during treatment you will be able to wash as normal without losing the marks.
An Ultrasound Examination involves the placement of a jelly-like substance over the area that is being examined. The radiologist then moves a probe up and down over the jelly to visualize the area of interest. An Ultrasound Scan, sometimes called a sonogram, is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the inside of the body. This is a non-invasive diagnostic procedure and the examination generally last approximately 15-20 minutes.
For any ultrasound examination of the abdomen, the patient needs to be starved/nil per mouth for a period of 4 hours prior to the examination.
All pelvis ultrasounds for masses, nodes, cysts, etc. require the patient to have a full bladder prior to the examination.
In order to fill the bladder, the patient needs to drink water/clear fluids only. We need a full bladder in order to obtain the best possible image quality/clarity.
All x-ray imaging is based on the absorption of x rays as they pass through the different parts of a patient’s body. Depending on the amount absorbed in a particular tissue such as muscle or lung, a different amount of x rays will pass through and exit the body. The amount of x rays absorbed contributes to the radiation dose to the patient. During conventional x-ray imaging, the exiting x rays interact with a detection device (x-ray film or other image receptors) and provide a 2-dimensional projection image of the tissues within the patient’s body – an x-ray produced “photograph” called a “radiograph.”
A standard X-Ray is painless. You cannot see or feel X-Rays. Everybody receives a small amount of radiation from the environment every day. The radiation received from any single X-Ray is very small, and would be similar to the amount you would be exposed to on a transatlantic flight.
Risks: Unborn children are at greater risk from being exposed to X-Rays because they are still developing. For this reason, routine X-Ray examinations may not be performed on women who could be pregnant or get pregnant within 28 days of a normal menstrual period. For some examinations that need higher doses of X-Ray, this may be reduced to 10 days. If you are or suspect that you may be pregnant, please tell the radiographer before the X-Ray is carried out. All the information you give will be treated with the strictest confidence.
Interventional radiology is a medical sub-speciality of radiology which utilizes minimally-invasive image-guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in nearly every organ system. The concept behind interventional radiology is to diagnose and treat patients using the least invasive techniques currently available in order to minimize risk to the patient and improve health outcomes.
The Procedures: Using X-rays, CT, ultrasound, MRI, and other imaging modalities, interventional radiologists obtain images which are then used to direct interventional instruments throughout the body. These procedures are usually performed using needles and narrow tubes called catheters, rather than by making large incisions into the body as in traditional surgery.
Many conditions that once required surgery can now be treated non-surgically by interventional radiologists. By minimizing the physical trauma to the patient, peripheral interventions can reduce infection rates and recovery time, as well as no hospital stays. We offer the following procedures:
- Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) Biopsy
- Liver Biopsy
- Lung Biopsy
- Paracentesis + Ascites Tap
Weekdays: 07:00 – 19:00
Saturdays: 08:00 – 15:00
Sundays: 09:00 – 14:00
Public Holidays: 09:00 – 14:00
200 Rivonia Road
Morningside, Sandton, South Africa