BMI Three Shires and Global Diagnostics in partnership

X-Ray

We have a dedicated room which can provide plain radiographic examinations for a full range of procedures. This includes the chest, abdomen, dental, axial and peripheral skeletal X-Rays.

During the procedure you will be asked to either lie on a table or stand against a flat surface so that the part of your body being investigated can be positioned between the X-Ray machine and a photographic plate. This plate collects the image of your body part.

X-Ray images are now digital files and are stored electronically. They are quick to produce and involve a painless procedure. A small dose of radiation is used during this procedure.

It is important that you inform the radiographer if there is any possibility that you may be pregnant.

Arthrography Examinations

An arthrography examination is used to examine joints in detail and uses a special form of X-Ray called fluoroscopy and a contrast material containing iodine that is injected
directly into the joint. The whole joint becomes visible on a TV screen allowing the anatomy and function of the joint to be viewed when in motion.

A local anaesthetic will numb the area first and then a contrast material will be injected into the joint. An arthrography examination normally takes around 30 minutes to
perform.

Barium Studies

A barium enema is a diagnostic test used to examine the large intestine. A mixture of barium and water is inserted into the large intestine through a small tube, which coats the lining of the colon.
When the lower GI tract is full of the barium solution your radiologist is able to view and assess the anatomy and function of the rectum and colon.

As this procedure involves examining the large intestine you will have to follow a special diet the day before the procedure and take laxatives to clear the bowel in order to produce quality images. This will all be confirmed to you ahead of your appointment.

During the procedure you will lie on the examination table and a small tube will be inserted into the rectum. This tube will be used to enter the barium solution into the colon and air may be used to help thoroughly coat the colon. A small amount of discomfort may be experienced. To gain the best images to enable a diagnosis for your condition, you will be asked to turn from side to side and hold different positions, the examination table may be tilted to assist you. It is important for you to remain still and to hold your breath for a few seconds when asked when the X-Ray images are taken. This procedure typically takes 30 – 60 minutes to perform.

Once the imaging is complete you will need to visit the toilet to evacuate any remaining barium from your system and you can return to your normal daily routine.

A barium swallow examination is an X-Ray procedure focusing on the pharynx and oesophagus.

A barium meal is an investigation of the stomach and a barium swallow and meal focuses on both the oesophagus and stomach. For these investigations the barium solution is ingested in liquid form, which is usually fruit flavoured and helps identify inflammation, blockages, hernias, ulcers, tumours, scarring and other abnormalities.

When having a barium meal investigation the stomach must be empty, therefore you will be asked not to eat or drink anything for six hours before the examination. Once the barium meal has been ingested you may feel a little uncomfortable and bloated, this is perfectly normal. You will be positioned on the examination table, which will be tilted to different angles to allow the barium solution to coat the area to be viewed. Images will then be taken. You may be asked to hold your breath for a couple of seconds and to swallow. This procedure lasts around 20 minutes.