Diagnostic imaging is the creation of images that provide medical staff with the information they need to reach a diagnosis, such as MRI, ultrasound and X-rays. We have extensive diagnostic imaging facilities at the NCSEM-EM.
When you arrive for your appointment, one of our radiographers will talk you through the process of your procedure and will do a full safety screen with you – you will be able to ask any questions you have at this time.
Please note: if you are, or think you may be pregnant, please inform a radiographer prior to your examination.
- 3T MR imaging
Our 3T MRI scanner enables high definition scans to be taken in a shorter amount of time, improving your comfort and convenience. The increased image clarity means subtle conditions can be diagnosed with a high level of accuracy.
Our MRI room is equipped with mood lighting that can be adjusted to help you feel as comfortable as possible in your surroundings.
There is guidance around the types of patients we can accommodate for MRI scans at the NCSEM-EM. To ensure we are able to meet your needs, please read the eligibility criteria.
- Musculoskeletal and cardiac ultrasound
We have two ultrasound machines available at the NCSEM-EM – one for assessing musculoskeletal conditions and one for cardiac assessments. Our machines have high quality imaging capabilities meaning we can visualise smaller conditions with greater sensitivity.
We have a DEXA scanner which provides a quick way to measure bone density and bone loss. The scans are used to help diagnose bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis (or the risk of developing it). The procedure is quick and painless and, depending on what part of the body is being scanned, usually takes around five minutes.
An X-ray is used to produce images of the inside of the body. It’s a very effective way of looking at fractured bones and can also be used to examine organs and identify problems.
- Medical physics and clinical engineering
Medical physics support is provided by Nottingham University Hospitals to help ensure the safe operation of the diagnostic equipment for patients and staff, as well as maintaining a high level of image quality to help with diagnosis. This includes providing medical physics experts and radiation protection advisors.