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Services
+   Digital X-rays
   
X-ray images are captured and processed using a digital format. This allows the images to be stored
electronically. The accuracy in interpretation is also increased.
It can be performed on all regions including chest, abdomen, pelvis, skull and limbs.

+   Ultrasound Studies
   
High frequency sound waves are used to produce images of the body, without the use of X-rays. Blood
flow can also be measured using the Doppler phenomenon.
It is used to visualize internal organs such as breasts, abdomen and pelvis.

+   Mammography (Breast cancer screening)
   
Specialised X-ray and processing techniques are employed to provide the best spatial and contrast
resolution in order to pick up micro-calcifications and masses for cancer detection.
The risk of developing breast cancer increases with age. To detect breast cancer early, women aged 40
  years and above are advised to have regular mammograms.
(Recommended by the Health Promotion Board)

+   128-Slice Computed Tomography (CT Scan) and CT Angiogram (CTA)
   
It is a specialised X-ray examination using a combination of X-rays and computer technology to produce
cross-sectional images of the body. It provides detailed information of various anatomic regions.
Multiple X-ray images are obtained using X-ray tube & detectors that rotate 3 times per second.
Computers are used to produce images of the body with sub millimeter slice thickness in order to
appreciate cross-sectional images of the body. It provides detailed information of various anatomic regions.
CT scan is also used as a screening tool for colorectal cancer , this non-invasive method is called
virtual colonoscopy.
Understand more on virtual colonoscopy
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What is CT Coronary Angiogram?
Coronary Artery disease or blockage of arteries in the heart is one of the leading causes of early and sudden death in Singapore.
CT coronary angiogram can now be performed to evaluate for coronary artery diseases with the advent of new generation CT scanners.
The CT system is faster and gives higher resolution images compared to previous generation scanners.
It gives more detailed information to doctors, providing a 3-D computer model of the heart and its arteries.
 
How is CT Coronary Angiogram performed?
The procedure involves the injection of contrast (an iodine containing dye).
You will be required to lie on a couch and follow the breathing instructions given to you.
Your heart rate may need to be lowered with medication in order to obtain motion free images.
You may experience a warm sensation during the injection of the dye.
The preparation may takes about half an hour while the actual scanning takes only about 10 seconds.

How should I get prepared?
You are required to fast for 4 hours before the scan if the scan involves the injection of contrast
(an iodine containing dye).
As intravenous (IV) contrast may be used, please inform us if you have allergy of any kind.
Please consult your doctor if you have diabetes and on Metformin, any kidney problem or asthma.
Please take your usual medications with plain water on the day of the scan.

+   Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and MR Angiogram (MRA)
   
MRI is a non-invasive way of viewing organs, soft tissues, bone and other internal body structures.
Magnetic field and radio waves together with a computer are used to create cross-sectional, three-
dimensional pictures of the head and body without the use of X-rays.
Detailed MR images allow Radiologists (specialist doctors experienced in MRI and other radiology
examinations) to better evaluate parts of the body for conditions that may not be visible with other Imaging
methods (such as X-ray, ultrasound or CT scan).

How should I get prepared?
Please inform the staff if you may be pregnant.
If you have minor claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces) or anxiety, you may want to ask your
referring physician to prescribe a mild sedative.
Jewelry and other accessories should be left at home if possible, or removed prior to the MRI scan.
Metal and electronic objects can interfere with the MRI's magnetic field and are not allowed in the suite.
Inform the staff if you have any existing medical conditions or electronic devices in your body.
People with the following implants cannot be scanned and should not enter the MRI area:
 
Cardiac pacemakers
Defibrillators
Cochlear (ear) implants
As intravenous (IV) contrast may be used, please inform us if you have allergy of any kind. However, the
contrast material, called gadolinium, seldom produces side effects.
Find out more about breast MRI
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