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Full Radiology services including CT scan and MRI – Services

Radiology Services

Welcome to the Dept. of Radiology at Yas Healthcare. We are proud to offer a comprehensive range of the highest quality medical imaging services to diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions.

Our mission centers on world-class & patient-centered imaging services in a cost-effective manner . You will find the care you seek & deserve here, emphasizing high quality & cost-effective diagnostic imaging.

The Department is digital with respect to imaging. This presents itself as PACS, which stands for Picture Archival Communication System. This translates to the fact that once a study is obtained, images are immediately transferred to our PACS Network and the images can be visualized by any Physician in the Radiology department for interpretation and by any referring Physician at a PACS monitor located throughout the center.

Examinations are available to be reviewed by your Consultants immediately via the center PACS imaging network, in addition to the hardcopy results for patient referred from other medical facilities.


Plain & contrast radiography examinations for all parts of the body:

  • X-Ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Mammography
  • Bone densitometry (DXA)
  • Digital dental panoramic exam
  • Multidetector Computed Tomography (MDCT) using state-of-art 64 slice machine
  • MRI using a high-end 1.5T MRI system.
Pre-authorization for radiology exam

Most of the insurance companies require pre-authorization for the CT, MRI & some of the ultrasound especially Doppler studies & few X-ray exams. Otherwise, no need for pre-authorization for the plain X-ray exams, most of ultrasound exams, mammography & DXA exams. If you have any questions regarding pre-authorization requirements, please contact customer service number on the back of your insurance card. if pre-authorization is required, that process will be initiated by the physician who ordered your exam.

if you don’t have an insurance, please contact our financial office to help in that aspect.

We hope you find this website to be a helpful tool. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information on any of our services.

Scheduling an Exam

To make an appointment for your radiology exam, we need an order from your doctor. Our center physicians will create the order in our electronic order entry system & will also schedule the appointment for the time you choose. Referring physicians from outside our center can fax the order to us & you can then call us to schedule your appointment or you can bring your request by hand & take an appointment in our center.

X-Ray Procedures
General X-Ray/Radiography:

No special preparation is needed.

Bone Densitometry (DXA)

Osteoporosis is a thinning and weakening of the bones that increases the chance of fractures. People with osteoporosis most commonly fracture their hips or spine. Loss of natural estrogen in menopausal women is the most common cause of osteoporosis. Other risk factors include a family history of osteoporosis, early menopause, smoking, thin, small or slender body build, liver disease, long-term use of cortico-steroids, anti-seizure medication, thyroid hormones, and some birth control medications.

Osteoporosis can be detected by a simple type of procedure called dual energy absorptiometry (DEXA), also known simply as “bone densitometry.” A bone densitometry test consists of two separate scans; one of the hip, and one of the spine. The entire procedure takes approximately 20 minutes. The actual scan time for each body area is only 10 seconds. This simple procedure can measure the calcium content of the bones and give an indication of how a person’s bone thickness compares with that of other people of similar age and gender. A physician may recommend treatment if the bones are thin or if there is evidence of rapid bone loss on follow-up comparative scans.

Patient Preparation
  • Please do not take your calcium supplement within 24 hours of your DEXA scan.
  • Do not take antacid tablets (like Tums) or antacid liquid 24 hours before your DEXA Scan.
  • Please wear comfortable clothing that does not have metal, buttons, or buckles over the abdomen, pelvis, and hip regions. A padded table is used for the exam so that one can rest comfortably during the test.
  • Inform your physician if you recently had a barium examination or have been injected with a contrast material for a computed tomography (CT) scan or radioisotope scan. You may have to wait 10 to 14 days before undergoing a Bone Densitometry test.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q- Will it be painful?

A- Not at all. There is no pain associated with a bone density test. There is no medication or anything given for this test.

Q- How long will it take?

A- Approximately, 20 minutes for the examination. But the actual scan time is only 90 seconds.

Q- Is the exam safe?

A- Bone Densitometry uses an extremely small dose of radiation.

In the case of pregnancy, patients should notify their physician before having any exam that uses x-rays for imaging purposes.


A mammography is a diagnostic tool used to detect breast cancer. Screening and diagnostic procedures are performed by female mammography specialists. Most screening mammograms can be completed in 15 minutes.

Breast Imaging Procedures

Mammograms are X-rays of the breast. The latest technology is used to obtain images of the structures within the breast. A mammogram is particularly useful in the early detection of early signs of breast cancer, like microcalcifications, and in identifying breast masses.

Mammograms in our center are now a lot gentler with the use of the MammoPad. The MammoPad is a soft foam pad that provides a cushion between you and the mammography machine. Many women have said this pad has made the vital exam less cold and more comfortable.

Ultrasound is often used with mammography to assist with the diagnosis, in particular for dense breasts, discovering non-palpable nodules, and determining their solid or cystic structure. Together with Color Doppler and Elastography, breast ultrasound allows a complete, multiparametric assessment of breast lumps.

Certain characteristics and changes in the breast determine whether a nodule should be biopsied or not.

Breast Biopsies are performed so that a suspicious-looking area of the breast can be further investigated. A sample of the suspicious breast tissue is removed for examination. This is the only certain way to determine whether the abnormality is cancerous or not.

At Yas Healthcare, women at high-risk for breast cancer are routinely identified, to guarantee the most appropriate screening pathway, which may include breast MRI.

Breast MRI is also provided for all additional clinical indications.

Radiologists interpret the current images and compare them with previous studies whenever possible.

Breast Self-Exam

At age 20 all women should begin to examine their breasts regularly. The best time to do a breast self-exam (BSE) is 1 week after your period starts or the same time each month. Familiarity with how the breast changes is key to successful BSE, and the breasts should be examined monthly in order to recognize these changes. Everyone’s breasts are different. It is even possible for one breast to look different than the other. Monthly Breast Self-Exams help you to become familiar with the feel and look of your breasts, so changes will be more noticeable to you. If changes are noticed you should contact your doctor. Your best defense against breast cancer is to find it early.

Frequently Asked Questions
Q- How often should I have my mammogram?

A- The National Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening and Diagnosis recommend the first mammogram by the age of 40. At the age of 40, a mammogram should be scheduled every 2 years for patients at average risk. Patients at higher-than-average risk should follow a specific pathway that comprehends annual mammograms and annual MRIs.

Q- Why do mammograms need to use compression?

A- Compression spreads out the breast tissue so that the Radiologist is better able to visualize more of the breast tissue.

Q- Why can’t I wear deodorant?

A- Some powders and deodorants have little metallic crystals that could show up on the mammogram images.

Q- Why should I avoid caffeine when I have my mammogram?

A- Caffeine can make the breast more tender, which can make the test more uncomfortable.

Mammography Facts
  • Mammography screening is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earlier pre-invasive stages and saves lives.
  • Screening mammography reduces breast cancer mortality.
  • Early detection gives women new options for breast-conserving therapy
  • 4 of every 10 women don’t get annual mammograms.
  • 5-10 of women undergoing screening mammography will be advised to undergo additional testing based on abnormal or inconclusive mammography screening. Mammography, which remains the most powerful detection tool, can still miss 20% of breast cancers when used alone.
  • 4 of every 10 women don’t get annual mammograms
  • 50% of women report moderate to extreme discomfort and 75% of women who don’t return for future studies give pain as the reason.
  • While this may be reduced when a mammogram is taken from day 7 to day 12 of the cycle, according to EUSOBI, the use of MammoPad also reduces discomfort.
Computed Tomography (CT)

We are proud that we have in our department a high end Multidetector Computed Tomography machine (MDCT) with 64 slice technology (Philips, Brilliance) which makes it very easy for us to perform different advanced CT exams like high-resolution CT of the lung (HRCT), coronary computed tomography Arteriography (CTA), CT perfusion studies, CT Enterography (CTE), dynamic contrast-enhanced CT for liver masses in addition to the routine CT exam with very short time & much less radiation dose to the patient compared with the old CT machines.

How does CT work?

CT uses x-rays and a computer to produce cross-sectional slices of the body. Standard x-rays produce a flat picture of a body part but CT produces cross-sectional slices which can be reconstructed to make 3D images.

CT uses x-rays in a rotational or helical form. A patient lies on the CT couch which moves into the middle of the scanner and the x-ray rotates around the patient. This x-ray is continuously taking pictures and each time a rotation is made, a cross-section image or slice is produced. These slices allow us to look inside the body. A good way of explaining how CT images are taken in the body can be likened to a sliced loaf of bread. The CT scanner takes very thin images (0.25 – 10 mm in thickness) of an area which is then viewed on a computer screen.

What should I wear for my scan?

You can wear your normal clothes. The department does ask that you try to avoid wearing metal [under-wired bras, braces, tops with zips, etc] and clothes that have diamante detail. You may be asked to pull your trousers to your knees for some examinations (this removes the metal zip of the trousers from the area being scanned) however you will be covered and your dignity will be maintained at all times. Occasionally, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown for your CT examination.

How long will my procedure take?

Some CT scans require you to drink some fluid before we take you into the scanner. You will be asked to drink the fluid for between 30 and 60 minutes [see the section entitled Are there any preparations for my scan? for more information]. Once you enter the scanning room CT scans take between 5 and 15 minutes on average depending on what procedure you are having.

Do I need to bring someone with me whilst I’m having my CT?

You can bring someone with you while you are having your scan if you wish but it is not essential. We provide comfortable waiting areas so anyone accompanying you can wait there whilst you are having your scan.

Are there any preparations for my CT scan?

Good patient hydration is always preferable for all CT studies.

However, may require you to be fasting (no solid food) for 2 or 4 hours before coming for your appointment. More detailed information can be found on your appointment letter for the procedures.

For certain scans, you will be asked to drink some water or an oral contrast that has an aniseed taste before you have your scan. The drink helps to give your stomach and bowel better definition.

Diabetic patients

If you are taking a medicine called Metformin [normally taken for type 2 diabetes or poly-cystic ovarian syndrome] and suffering from severe chronic kidney disease, you will need to stop taking your tablets 24 hours before and 48 hours after your appointment for any CT scan requiring contrast. Please contact the department if you have any questions.

Will I have an injection?

Some CT scans require you to be injected with an iodine-based contrast medium. The radiographer will explain the procedure to you when you come into the scanning room. They will also ask you some questions to make sure you are suitable to have the contrast medium. The nurse will usually insert a cannula into your arm. The injection allows for the contrast medium to be injected into your body. The contrast medium shows the blood vessels and helps to enhance the organs inside your body.

When the contrast media enters your body you might get a warm flush, a metallic taste in your mouth and you may feel as though you have passed urine. Contrast media produces better images and helps to make the diagnosis. The contrast media will be passed through your kidneys and will pass naturally in the urine. The contrast media is not radioactive and it won’t turn you or your urine a different color.

How will I find out the results?

The radiologists need to view your images and formulate a report. The results will then go to the doctor who sent you for the scan. This could be our center doctor. If you are referred by an outside doctor, most scan results will be available within 1-2 working days.

Cardiac Computed Tomography (CCT)

We are honored to start cardiac CT service in our department using a high-end MDCT machine (Philips, Brilliance 64 slice). the cardiac CT study includes calcium scoring, Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) & CT cardiac function study. All Cardiac CT angiographies are performed in the radiology department under the joint supervision of a radiologist and cardiologist.

What is Calcium Scoring?

Coronary calcium scans use CT images, to check for the buildup of calcium in plaque on the walls of the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries). This test is used to check the plaque burden within the coronary arteries and to determine how severe it is. If calcium is detected, a quantitative score is obtained based on its extension and density and the result is compared with a multiethnic database. The results are plotted against your peers (age and gender) and allow us to assess your relative risk.

What is a CT coronary angiography scan?

A CT coronary angiography scan takes pictures of your heart and coronary arteries. This allows us to see any narrowing or blockage of the arteries around your heart.

What are the benefits?

Not all coronary plaques are calcified, and coronaries may be affected by non-calcific plaques visible only after administration of contrast medium. A cardiac CT scan, which completes the coronary study, evaluates the morphology and some functional characteristics of your heart. The results of the scan will help your doctor diagnose any health problems you have been experiencing and decide on further treatment for you.

Are there any alternatives?

CT coronary angiography is the only non-invasive test to visualize the coronary arteries, which reduces the risk of complications. Other non-invasive tests including MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and echo scans provide information on how well your heart is functioning, but only a CT coronary angiography scan gives us enough information about the structure of your coronary arteries.

What happens if I do not have the scan?

Your doctor may not have all the information needed to make a diagnosis. This may affect the type of treatment he or she can suggest for you.

How is a scan carried out?

A special dye called contrast medium is then injected into a small vein in your arm so that we can see your heart and arteries clearly.
It can be difficult for us to get a clear picture if your heart is beating too quickly. We will check your heart rate when you arrive and if it is faster than the ideal rate, we may give you some medication to slow it down. This may be in the form of a tablet or an injection and can take up to an hour to work. As soon as your heart rate is beating at the right place, we will perform the scan.
To help us get a clear picture of your heart, we will ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during the scan. We will discuss this with you before your scan so you know exactly what to do.
The scan takes around 15 minutes. However, you may have to stay with us for over an hour if we have to give you medication as described above.

After the scan

The medication can make you a little drowsy for up to a few hours after the scan. Please avoid driving or cycling to or from your appointment. It is also a good idea to ask someone to come with you to the appointment.

Virtual Colonography
what is virtual colonography?

Virtual colonography is a safe, painless & non-invasive exam of the large bowel (colon & rectum) using low-dose computed Tomography (CT) scanner to obtain a detailed interior view of the colon & rectum. The other available alternative way to visualize the colon is by a more invasive & unpleasant procedure by introducing a colonoscope device through the anal orifice & pass it through the entire colon to see it.

What are the main applications & values of the virtual colonography?
The major benefits of virtual colonography are:
  • Screening for polyps(small growths arising from the inner lining of the intestine) in the large bowel. Colon polyps are dangerous & have been shown to be the precursor lesions for most colon cancers, so early detection & removal of these polyps before they become cancerous is the goal of colon screening. The American Cancer Society (ACS) recommends that women & men undergo screening for colon beginning at age 50 once every five years & individuals at increased risk or with family history of colon cancer may start screening at age 40 or younger & may be screened at shorter intervals.
  • Examining symptomatic patients with suspicious symptoms or signs like persistent change in bowel habits, presence of blood in the stool, bloating or unexplained weight loss.
  • Screening for recurrence of colorectal cancer in people who have had surgery for this disease.
Why is it so important to be screened?

Research shows that less than of those who should be screened actually do so. Left undetected, colon polyps larger than 7-10 mm are at risk of developing into colon cancer.

What are the benefits vs. risks of virtual Colonography?
  • This new minimally invasive test provides both 2-D and 3-D images that can depict many polyps and other lesions as clearly as when they are directly seen by conventional colonoscopy.
  • Virtual colonography is very quick procedure lasting only a few minutes.
  • CT colonography has a markedly lower risk of perforating the colon than conventional colonoscopy. Most people who undergo CT colonography do not have polyps and can be spared having to undergo a full colonoscopy.
  • CT colonography is an excellent alternative for patients who have clinical factors that increase the risk of complications from colonoscopy, such as treatment with a blood thinner or a severe breathing problem.
  • Elderly patients, especially those who are frail or ill, will tolerate CT colonography better than conventional colonoscopy.
  • CT colonography can be helpful when colonoscopy cannot be completed because the bowel is narrowed or obstructed for any reason, such as by a large tumor.
  • If conventional colonoscopy cannot reach the full length of the colon—which occurs up to 10 percent of the time—CT colonography can be performed on the same day because the colon has already been cleansed.
  • CT colonography provides clearer and more detailed images than a conventional barium enema x-ray examination.
  • CT colonography can detect abnormalities outside of the colon, including early-stage malignancies in other organs and potentially dangerous conditions, such as abdominal aortic aneurysms.
  • CT colonography is tolerated well. Sedation and pain relievers are not needed, so there is no recovery period.
  • CT colonography is less costly than colonoscopy.
  • No radiation remains in a patient’s body after a CT examination.
  • X-rays used in CT scans should have no immediate side effects.
  • There is a very small risk that inflating the colon with air could injure or perforate the bowel. This has been estimated to happen in fewer than one in 10,000 patients.
  • There is always a slight chance of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation. However, the benefit of an accurate diagnosis far outweighs the risk & the radiation dose with the new multislice CT machines like the one we use in our department (64 slice) is very low compared with the old systems.
  • Women should always inform their physician and x-ray or CT technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant since CT scanning is, in general, not recommended for pregnant women unless medically necessary because of potential risk to the baby in the womb.
What are the limitations of CT Colonography?

A person who is very large may not fit into the opening of a conventional CT scanner or may be over the weight limit—usually 450 pounds—for the moving table.

CT colonography is strictly a diagnostic procedure. If any clinically significant polyps are found, they will have to be removed by conventional colonoscopy.

CT colonography is not recommended for patients who have active Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease or diverticulitis, because of increased risk of perforating the colon. Patients with a history of bowel perforation and those experiencing severe pain or cramps on the day of the examination should not undergo CT colonography. Some insurance companies do not cover CT colonography as a screening test for colonic polyps, but they may cover the cost if a patient has symptoms related to the colon

Is the virtual colonography screening exam safe?

Our CT scan equipment is a state-of art technology machine & produces a very low dose of radiation exposure with negligible adverse effects. It is not much different than the exposure from ‘background environmental radiation’ from the sun, air travel, television, or computer screens.

How should I prepare?
  • Optimal virtual colonography procedure requires careful preparation of the colon because any residual stool can simulate colonic mass although in our state-of-art machine we apply the latest available (electronic cleansing ) technology.
  • When you visit our department to take an appointment, you will receive a detailed instruction sheet detailing what to do. The instructions sheet includes all the steps you need to do for a good preparation. You can also find the instructions in our web site.
  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing to your exam. Please try your best not to bring valuable things (jewelry, watches ..etc.) with you. You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.
  • Women should always inform their physician and the CT technologist if there is any possibility that they may be pregnant.
  • Be sure to inform your physician if you have heart, liver or kidney disease & any medication history to be certain that the bowel prep will be safe. Your physician can advise you on dietary restrictions prior to the exam. You will be able to resume your usual diet immediately after the exam.
Should I continue to take my current medications with this prep?

There is NO change to your medications – take as directed. You may take medications for headaches, colds, etc. as needed. DIABETIC patients – the dosage of your pills may need to be adjusted as a result of the food and fluid restrictions. PRIOR to the procedure please consult with your doctor for instructions about your diabetic medication. We do recommend that you bring your medication and some food with you to your appointment.

Klean-pre sachets should not to be used in:
  • Severe congestive heart failure.
  • People with severe dehydration.
  • People with a blockage in the stomach or intestines.
  • People with an abnormal hole in the stomach or intestines (gastrointestinal perforation).
  • People with reduced muscle activity in the intestines (ileus).
  • People with retention of food in the stomach (gastric retention).
  • People with severe inflammation of the large intestine (toxic colitis).
  • People with a sudden expansion of the large intestine seen in advanced ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease (toxic megacolon).

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

How is the procedure performed?

The technologist begins by positioning you on the CT examination table, usually lying flat on your back. Straps and pillows may be used to help you maintain the correct position and to help you remain still during the exam.

A very small, flexible tube will be passed two inches into your rectum to allow air to be gently pumped into the colon using a hand-held squeeze bulb. Sometimes a small balloon is inflated on the rectal tube to help keep the tube positioned correctly. The purpose of the gas is to distend the colon as much as possible to eliminate any folds or wrinkles that might obscure polyps from the physician’s view.

Next, the table will move through the scanner. Patients are asked to hold their breath for about 15 seconds or less before turning over and lying on their back or side for a second pass that is made through the scanner. Once the scan is done, the tube is removed. The entire examination is usually completed within 15 minutes.

What will I experience during and after the procedure?

The vast majority of patients who have CT colonography report a feeling of fullness when the colon is inflated during the exam, as if they need to pass gas. Significant pain is uncommon, occurring in fewer than 5 percent of patients. A muscle-relaxing drug may be injected intravenously or subcutaneously to lessen discomfort, but this is seldom necessary. The scanning procedure itself causes no pain or other symptoms.

When you enter the CT scanner room, special light lines may be seen projected onto your body, and are used to ensure that you are properly positioned. With modern CT scanners, you will hear only slight buzzing, clicking and whirring sounds as the CT scanners internal parts, not usually visible to you, revolve around you during the imaging process.

You will be alone in the exam room during the CT scan, unless there are special circumstances. For example, sometimes a parent wearing a lead shield may stay in the room with their child. However, the technologist will always be able to see, hear and speak with you through a built-in intercom system.

After a CT exam, you can resume your normal work & activities as well as your normal diet.

Virtual Colonography Preparation Instructions

Dear customer, bowel preparation is the cornerstone to get an ideal & beneficial virtual colonography exam. Please follow the following instructions closely to make sure that your bowel is as empty as possible before the scan. keeping to this diet will improve the accuracy of this test.

You should tell your physician if you take any of the following medications:
  • Aspirin, ibuprofen, ectorin, sulindac. Tylenol & paracetamol are Ok.
  • Plavix & Coumadin
  • Iron containing vitamins & medications
  • Fiber supplements such as Metamucil.
This preparation instructions are for patients with normal or mildly impaired kidney function (GFR value of 30 or more).If you have known to have serious kidney disease (GFR value less than 30), have your doctor call our department for alternate preparation instructions.
Two-three days before exam:
  • Avoid high-residue foods (fruits, vegetables, cereals, seeds, Nuts, Lentils, brown bread, pickles, dairy products)
  • You can eat low fiber food including (clear soup, lean meat, white fish or chicken, eggs, white pasta, boiled white rice, white bread, white pita, white flour chapattis, boiled potatoes with no skin, porridge, clear soup, broth, clear jelly, ice cream, chocolate with no fruits or nut pieces, honey, sugar, salt, pepper).
  • Have plenty of drink from tea, coffee, fizzy drinks, water, clear fruit juice without pulp.
Day before the exam

take only clear liquid diet for the whole of the day including (clear soup, strained fruit juice, clear beef broth, chicken broth, vegetable broth, coffee or tea without milk).

Take Klean-prep solution as follows:
  • 1. 1 Liter at 10 am.
  • 2. another 1 Liter at 5 pm.
Take the contrast solution as follows:

Mix one bottle of Microbar suspension (150 ml) in 600 ml of water. take 250 ml at 12.00 pm & another 250 ml at 7.00 pm in the day before the exam & 250 ml at 7.00 am in the morning of the exam day.

day of Exam:
  • Begin taking clear liquids only by mouth. No any solid food. Medications by mouth are Ok.
  • For diabetic patients please:
    • consult your referring doctor to be sure.
    • hold your diabetic medication in the morning of the test.
    • use sugar free drinks for liquids during prep & monitor your blood sugar closely to prevent low blood sugar.
  • Don’t forget to take the last 250 ml of Microbar suspension at 7 am.
  • You can drive yourself to the center & most of the patients will be able to drive themselves home or to work after finishing the test.
  • You should be in the department & report to the radiology receptionist at least half an hour before the procedure time.
  • Please bring along all previous X-rays, ultrasound, MRI films or CT films that you may have.
please you NEED TO INFORM the radiology department in advance if you have any of the followings:
  • You are or might be pregnant.
  • You are diabetic (stop Metformin, Glucophage) on the day of the test & for 2 days following.
  • You have a condition affecting the eye called glaucoma?
  • You have any allergy to medications.
  • You have asthma.
  • You have a prosthetic heart valve (you may require antibiotic cover prior to the procedure).
DONT WORRY. This prep is not as bad as many people think. And remember, it Could Save your life!
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging technique that combines a powerful magnetic field with computer technology to produce detailed images of the body’s soft tissue. Because certain atoms in our cells respond, or “resonate,” slightly in the presence of magnetic fields, MRI is able to use that response to create detailed computer representation of internal organs, muscles, connective tissue, and the central nervous system. MRI doesn’t expose patients to radioactive materials, x-rays, or any form of ionizing radiation. To the best of our knowledge, MRI produces no harmful side effects.
We use in our department a state-of-art MRI machine (Philips, Achieva, 1.5T). A wide range of MRI scan can be performed by this machine.
Upon arrival, patients are welcomed by a receptionist who will request pertinent insurance information. Patients are asked to fill out paper work and submit their insurance cards.
This will be followed by a brief interview with an MRI technologist who will discuss the MRI procedure and confirm all safety screening questions.
Patients will recline on a cushioned MRI table, and because the machine is rather loud, they are offered either earplugs or a headset to listen to music and to hear instructions from the technologist. During the scan, patients will hear the machine making various thumping and buzzing noises.

The MRI exams we offer in our department include
  • MRI of the brain, head & neck including the plain & post-contrast studies, diffusion-weighted images (DWI), magnetic Resonance perfusion (MRP), Magnetic Resonance Arteriography (MRA), Magnetic Resonance Venography (MRV).
  • MRI of the abdomen & pelvis including dynamic contract study of the liver, MR Enterography (MRE), MR Colonography (MRC), MR Cholangiopancreatography (MRCP), MRI of the adrenal gland & dynamic MRI of pelvic floor dysfunction.
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI for the spines including MR Myelography (MRM), extremities including bones, joints & soft tissues.
  • MR Arteriography (MRA) for the carotid & peripheral arteries
  • MR Venography (MRV) for the peripheral veins of the body.
MRI Imaging Procedures

Depending on the type of MRI scan, plan on spending at least 1 hour to an hour and a half for the entire visit. The patient should bring the following for the appointment:

  • The insurance card
  • The referral form from the doctor’s office (for patients referred from physicians outside our centre)
  • A family member or friend if the patient would like someone to stay in the scan room with them during the scan. Please keep in mind that this person will need to be screened just as the actual patients are before entering the magnetic field. The person accompanying the patient should not be pregnant.
  • All the films & reports of any previous imaging study related to the present complaint.

The most important role of the patient is to relax and lie perfectly still during the scan, because the MRI equipment is very sensitive to motion. Even the slightest movement can distort and limit the diagnostic value of the scan.

Screening Concerns for MRI Patients

Although MRI is a safe and painless exam, the patient does need to enter a magnetic field for the exam. Therefore, there are some conditions that may interfere with the quality and/or may prevent a patient from having an MRI exam.

Patients should inform the MRI Technologist if they have any of the following:
  • A pacemaker
  • A metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
  • Cochlear implants/metallic ear implants
  • Aneurysm clips
  • An artificial heart valve
  • An intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Are pregnant
  • Have ever been exposed to any metal fragments through war wounds, as a metal worker, or construction, house cleaning, or painting work
  • Any metallic chips or splinters in the eye (welding or grinding, even if as a hobby) There are no dietary restrictions before an MRI, however, there are some precautions that patients can take to ensure their safety.
It is very important that you do not wear into the exam area:
  • Hairspray
  • Jewellery – please leave at home
  • Eyeglasses
  • Hearing Aid
  • Makeup
  • Metallic Nail Polish
  • Any removable dental work (dentures included)
Frequently asked questions
  • Radio waves and magnetism are used. There is no radiation or harmful rays.
  • There are no known damaging side effects. However, if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant, you should notify the MRI department. There are no known/recorded risks to an unborn child but the information is still being collected.
  • If contrast dye is used, there is a small risk of an allergic reaction. Patients who are allergic to or sensitive to Gadolinium (i.e. who have had a reaction to the dye in the past) should notify the MRI department.
  • Patients with kidney failure or other kidney problems should notify the MRI department in advance of their appointment. In some cases, the contrast dye can cause problems, especially if the person is taking nephrotoxic medication.
  • There may be other risks depending upon your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.

The scan itself lasts from between 30 minutes to an hour. The patient lies on a table that slides into a large circular tube, which makes a variety of knocking/drilling noises. Earplugs or headphones (with music) are supplied. Devices of various shapes, called coils, are placed around the body part to be imaged. Sometimes a small injection of a substance that highlights certain structures is used. The quality of the images is entirely dependent on how still the patient keeps.

After the Procedure
  • If contrast dye was used during your procedure, you may be monitored for a period of time in the unlikely event that you experience any side effects or reactions to the contrast dye – such as itching, swelling, rash, or difficulty breathing.

In modern surgery MRI is considered to one of the most beneficial diagnostic tools to date. Effective treatment of various medical conditions begins with with accurate evaluation and diagnosis and that is why Yas Healthcare is proud to offer some of the most technologically advanced MRI equipment available.

Services include
  • Brain MRI
  • Spine MRI
  • Bone and Joint MRI
  • Abdominal MRI
  • Pelvic MRI
  • Breast MRI

In our department we performing most of the ultrasound exams using high-end ultrasound machine (Philips, Epiq) supplied by all the transducers & technologies that enable us to practice advanced ultrasound imaging including ultrasound elastography of the abdomen & tissue Doppler for functional fetal echocardiography in addition to the whole routine ultrasound scans.

What is ultrasound?

An ultrasound is a frequently used diagnostic investigation that uses sound waves to create images of organs, blood flow and tissues inside the body. As the scan uses sound waves rather than radiation, the procedure is understood to be completely safe.

Examinations include general and specialist scans such as musculoskeletal, breast imaging, vascular investigations and some interventional procedures, such as biopsies and drainages, which are best performed with ultrasound guidance. Doppler ultrasound is an additional technique that can be used to examine blood vessels to provide both structural and functional information. The majority of ultrasound scans take between 15 -30 minutes.

is there any preparation?

Most ultrasound procedures do not require preparation. However, you will be advised prior to the scan, if there are any specific requirements for you to follow.

Ultrasounds that are performed in our department include:
Upper abdomen scan:

Performed trans-abdominally & will usually involve fasting for 5-6 hours prior to the exam to enable better imaging of the liver & gall bladder. You may be required to come with full bladder or to drink a liter of water approximately 60 minutes before your scan if a full bladder is needed for pelvic scan. The ultrasound probe is pushed against your abdominal wall and looks down into the pelvis.

Pelvic scans:

This scan can be performed either trans-abdominally or trans-vaginally. For trans-abdominal scan full bladder is essential.

A Trans-Vaginal (TV) Scan:

Performed with an empty bladder. It uses a thin probe inserted into the vagina. This allows more detailed information to be obtained by having the probe closer to the pelvic organs.

Breast scans:

Performed by our radiologist. No special preparation is needed.

Prostate scans:

Performed trans-rectally – an ultrasound probe in inserted into the rectum to allow for better visualization of the prostate gland. |Cleansing enema may be needed prior to the exam.

Trans-cranial ultrasound:

It includes B-mode & color Doppler study of the neonatal brain looking for any brain pathology or brain hypoxia during neonatal period.

Doppler Venous/arterial scans:

Performed by our radiologist. Doppler imaging demonstrates blood flow within vessels including Doppler of the cervical arteries (carotid & vertebral), visceral & renal vessels in addition to the peripheral arteries & veins of the extremities & scrotum.

Musculoskeletal scans:

Performed by our radiologist. No special preparation is required.

Obstetrical Scan:
Performed by our radiologist including:
    • early pregnancy scan with first trimester screening markers (nuchal translucency ( NT), nasal bone (NB), facial angle (FMF), Doppler of the fetal cardiac tricuspid valve (T.V) & fetal abdomen ductus venosus (D.V).
    • detailed atomy scan examining the whole fetal body parts from the brain down to the toes looking for any structural anomaly.
    • fetal growth scan including fetal Doppler & biophysical profile score.
    • fetal echocardiography including detailed cardiac scan in addition to the functional study using color & tissue Doppler facilities.

Further information including individual preparation for various scans, length of procedures and care to be taken following each scan, is available from the imaging department.

Our Doctors
Dr. Giacomo Bertacchi
Consultant Radiology
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Dr. Manjusha Peethambaran
Specialist Radiology
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MOH Approval No. 7W8ERMWD-120722

Main Branch
Dusit Thani Commercial Complex, Muroor Road, Opposite Al Jazeera Club, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Saada Branch
Al Falah building off Murour Street, between 21 & 31, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

The main visitors’ parking, located outside the building complex of the center, is available in parking B1 and in the main branch. There is a signposted as you enter the main building.

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