CHEST & CARDIOVASCULAR

Expertise when it matters most

From the simple yet highly useful chest x-ray to the recent advances in cardiac CT and MRI, we can provide expert imaging of the chest to suit your needs. Chest radiology can help to determine what might be causing lung symptoms, such as shortness of breath or chest pain or to diagnose conditions of the lung, including pneumonia and fluid around the lungs.

A chest CT scan may be required following an abnormal result from an earlier chest X-ray. Tumours as small as 2mm can be picked up by a CT scan, and is now being used as a screening tool for lung cancer.

Cardiac CT is increasingly used in the routine and the emergency setting as an alternative to conventional catheter angiography in order to determine the cause of heart attacks (myocardial infarction) and plan treatment. Please note that due to the technical requirements of these scans, they are only offered at certain centres, please contact us for further information.

  • Shortness of breath or persistent cough
  • Chest pain
  • Lung cancer
  • Coughing up blood
  • Pleural effusion (fluid on the lungs)
  • Pulmonary embolism
  • Emphysema
  • Tuberculosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Coronary Heart Disease

Type of Chest & Cardiovascular scans that are available:

A technique used for over 100 years, chest x-rays provide images of the lungs, the outline of the heart and large blood vessels, and the rib cage. They are particularly useful for diagnosing infections, fluid around the lungs (pleural effusion) and fluid in the lungs (pulmonary oedema). They also give clues about heart problems. Sometimes the findings on chest x-ray may lead to further tests e.g. with CT

Chest CT provides unrivalled images of the lungs in detail, and is excellent for diagnosing conditions such as cancer or any of the various interstitial lung disease e.g pulmonary fibrosis. It addition it shows the heart and major blood vessels, and the lymph nodes in the chest, which are particularly important in infections and cancer. Depending on the reason for the scan, an injection of contrast dye may be used, which will allow the radiologist to see the different tissues in the chest more clearly, though this is often not required.

This is a specialised technique which has only become possible in the past decade or so due to the increasing speed and detail of modern CT scanners. A CT scan of the heart is taken, whilst attached to an ECG machine monitoring heart rate. The images are synchronised with your heart rate so that the heart, which often appears blurred on normal CT scans due to movement, is seen in crisp detail. The blood vessels can be analysed and often avoid the need for a more invasive procedure.

Cardiac MRI is another newer technique which provides excellent information in conditions such as coronary heart disease, congenital heart disease, cardiomyopathy and valve disease.

CT scans can be used to help guide a biopsy needle into a lung tumour, thus allowing diagnosis of lung cancer without needing to be out to sleep for an operation, and in places which can’t be reached by other methods. For tumours at the edge of the lungs, ultrasound may also be used to guide the needle.

For fast, reliable radiology services, contact Windsor Radiology

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