Nuclear Medicine scans

Valuable information of skeletal or bony problems can often be obtained with the use of nuclear medicine bone scans. A bone scan involves the injection of a minute amount of radioactive chemical into the blood stream. This is similar to

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Image)

What is it? MRI stands for ‘magnetic resonance image’. It is a special type of scan. In the spine it is used to look at the nerves and discs, which don’t show up on normal x-rays. It shows these structures

CAT scans (Computerised Axial Tomography scans)

CAT scans are a computerised form of x-ray and involves the patient lying on a table where a very fine x-ray beam travels inside a gantry and provides fine slice pictures through the body. With modern computerised technology these pictures

X-rays

X-rays or radiographs are the oldest available non-invasive method of obtaining pictures of the inside of a body. They are still commonly used today and provide excellent valuable information with regard to the bony or skeletal structure. X-rays provide us

Blood tests

Blood tests are divided into three main groups Haematological investigations (looking at your blood count) Your blood count is routinely performed before any major surgical operation to ensure that your body is optimally fit for the surgery. A low blood

Why are they ordered?

A small number of disease processes can be diagnosed by your doctor after an adequate history has been taken and the doctor has examined you. However, many diseases are not discreetly identifiable with merely your doctor’s history and examination and