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General X-Ray Examinations

Chest Radiography

Useful simple examination which provides important information of the state of your lungs, as for example in a smoker, and also if there are any features to suggest any heart condition.

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Abdomen Radiography

Gives information about the state of the bowel relating to levels of gas within and signs of calcified stones in the kidneys, gallbladder or urinary bladder. The back and pelvis and hips are also seen.

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Cervical Spine

X-rays of the neck to assess common neck pain or headache and also symptoms down both arms and legs, like pins and needles or pain. Arthritis of the discs and signs of muscle spasm are well seen on this test.

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Dorsal Spine

X-rays of the middle part of the back often used to assess for back pain and diagnosis of arthritis. Also helpful in the examination for scoliosis or curvature of the spine. As with x-ray of other parts of the spine, cancer spread to bone could be picked up.

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Lumbar Spine

An x-ray assessment of the lower spine to find cause for very common low back pain which can sometimes spread down to the legs (sciatica). Arthritis is the commonest cause but a slipped disc and osteoporosis (low bone calcium) could also produce such symptoms and treatment is often possible.

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Skull

Radiographic examination of the skull often used as the initial test for headache. Signs of a rise of pressure in the head and problems after head trauma can be seen. Many widespread bony conditions show up on the bones of the skull.

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Sinuses

X-ray examination to assess symptoms like nasal congestion, frontal headache and upper respiratory irritation. Used prior to any operative intervention n the sinuses and to check results after operation.

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Iam’s And Ears

X-ray check of the canals where the nerves for hearing and balance pass through and the chambers where hearing takes place. Used in loss of or decreased hearing, earache and ear infections. Balance irregularities often due to chronic infections can also be picked up.

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Shoulder

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Elbow

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Wrist

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Hand

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Finger

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Pelvis

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Hips Joints

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Thigh (Femur)

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Knee Joint

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Shin (Tibia-Fibula)

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Ankle

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Heal

Foot

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Toes

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Ribs

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Intravenous Urogram (Ivp)

The use of simple dye injected intravenously is used to assess the function and structure of the kidneys and its duct system and the urinary bladder. Kidney stones and other cause of blockage to the system like cancer can be diagnosed often with patients presenting with painful micturition, blood in the urine and flank and lower abdominal pain.

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Parotid and Submandibular Sialography

This examination allows the radiologist to assess the ducts within the glands that produce saliva. Sometimes these block up because of the development of a small stone in their duct. They then swell and can be painful. Unfortunately tumours can also occur in these glands and the test, which involves passing small amounts of dye into the opening of the ducts in the mouth, can also show the extent of these lesions.

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