Diagnostic Imaging Services from RMS Scanning
With the NHS at its heart, Radiology Management Solutions (RMS) excels in helping NHS Trusts expand capability and capacity within their radiology departments, especially within diagnostic imaging techniques.
RMS Scanning’s diagnostic imaging services are designed to make life easier for NHS hospitals and Trusts. Our medical imaging services are here to help alleviate stress, take over management and the financial burden of running a busy medical clinic. This leaves the NHS hospital or Trust to focus on looking after their patients.
What is diagnostic imaging?
Diagnostic imaging describes a variety of non-invasive methods of looking inside the human body to help determine the causes of a disease, injury or illness, as well as to confirm a diagnosis. It can also be used to see how well the body is responding to a treatment for an illness or a bone fracture. Diagnostic imaging can also be referred as medical imaging.
Diagnostic imaging services have undergone major advancements in the past few decades, thanks to the innovation of modern medicine techniques. The ability to learn new information about the human body has provided useful data for clinical applications.
Diagnostic imaging technology has transformed healthcare across the world, and now allows for earlier diagnosis of medical conditions. This reduces the need for needless invasive exploratory processes and creates better outcomes for patients.
Different types and techniques of diagnostic imaging, such as X-rays and ultrasonography, are crucial in a variety of medical settings, as well as major levels of health care.
Why choose RMS Scanning?
With extensive knowledge and experience of working within the NHS, RMS helps NHS Trusts achieve their targets by increasing in-house radiology capacity, whilst maintaining existing high standards and improving quality. Despite unprecedented cuts that are continuing to affect public budgets, we understand that delivering high quality and value must remain a top priority.
At RMS we understand the pressures of managing an NHS radiology department and offer an innovative service that delivers radically efficient and cost-effective radiology management solutions. Get in touch today, and the RMS team will respond to your enquiry within 24 hours to see how we can be of service to your Trust.
Patients of our managed Diagnostic Services commented that they found it:
“Convenient and helpful to provide appointment outside of the traditional (typically 8 – 6pm) opening hours of a radiology department”
One commented “lovely, pleasant and caring staff and an absolutely fantastic idea to have evening appointments.”
RMS AWARDED 4 YEAR FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT
RMS Scanning is proud to have been awarded a multi-supplier national framework agreement by the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, for the provision of radiology capacity management services.
This framework helps us to reduce costs and increase efficiency of NHS Trusts, through effective capacity management and better utilisation of resources. As a result, we can reduce waiting lists and improve patient pathways. The framework offers a fully compliant solution for all NHS and other public bodies to access our RMS services, without further need for time-consuming and costly procurement processes.
We’re confident our team of high-skilled professionals have the skills to surpass all expectations and can boast some impressive collaborations, including:
Central Manchester Hospital, Countess of Chester Hospital, Lancashire Teaching Hospital, Pennine NHS Trust, Salford Royal Hospital, Tameside General Hospital
Radiology Management Solutions (RMS) has saved an NHS Trust circa £255,000 in annual savings through the provision of innovative MRI scanning solutions and imaging services.
RMS (Radiology Management Solutions), the scanning specialist, has recently partnered with the Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board for the supply of additional CT and MRI scanning services.
Radiology Management Solutions (RMS) has helped NHS Trusts across the north complete an additional 64,000 CT and MR scans in the last year.
Types and techniques of diagnostic imaging
There are a variety of different types of diagnostic images and techniques.
Different types of diagnostic and medical imaging have been developed over the years, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Diagnostic imaging using X-rays
An X-ray is a quick and painless procedure commonly used to produce images inside of the body. An efficient and effective way of looking at fractures and breaks in bones, it can also be used to help detect a range of conditions. Although X-rays are usually carried out by radiographers in hospitals, they can also be done by other healthcare professionals, such as dentists.
How does X-ray imaging work?
X-ray imaging, or plain film, uses an X-ray beam that is projected on the human body. As they pass through, the energy from X-rays is absorbed at different rates by different parts of the body. A detector on the other side of the body picks up the X-rays after they've passed through and turns them into an image.
Dense parts of the body that the rays find it more difficult to pass through, such as bone, show up as clear white areas on the image. Soft parts that X-rays can pass through more easily, such as the heart and lungs, show up as darker areas.
When are X-rays used?
Problems that can be detected during X-ray imaging include:
• bone fractures and breaks
• tooth problems, such as loose teeth and dental abscesses
• scoliosis (abnormal curvature of the spine)
• non-cancerous and cancerous bone tumours
• lung problems, such as pneumonia and lung cancer
• dysphagia (swallowing problems)
• heart problems, such as heart failure
• breast cancer
A DEXA, or bone density scan uses low dose X-rays to see how dense or strong bones are. DEXA scans are often used in diagnostic imaging to diagnose or assess the risk of osteoporosis, a health condition that weakens bones and makes them more likely to break. As well as being quick and painless, a DEXA scan is more effective than normal plain film X-rays in identifying low bone density.
People who often need to have a bone density scan are those who are:
• over 50 with a risk of developing osteoporosis
• under 50 with other risk factors, such as smoking or a previous broken bone.
Osteoporosis can affect anyone at any age, but older postmenopausal women are often particularly at risk.
How do DEXA scans work?
During a bone density scan, a type of X-ray, called dual energy X-ray absorptiometry, is passed through your body. This name for the X-ray is nicknamed ‘DEXA.’ Some of the radiation produced by the DEXA is absorbed by the bone and soft tissue, and some travels throughout the body.
Special detectors in the DEXA machine measure how much radiation passes through the bones, and this information is sent to a computer. Bone density measurements will be compared with the bone density of a young healthy adult, or an adult similar to the patient’s age, gender and ethnicity.
RMS Scanning provide cost-effective and reliable Medical Imaging Services for NHS Trusts
RMS can offer multiple levels of involvement in medical and diagnostic imaging services. From a fully managed radiology service, to utilising existing equipment to complete a single scan. RMS combine private and public sectors resources to deliver an unrivalled and enviable service.
Modular and Mobile MRI Units
A computerised tomography scan, or CT scan, uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of the body. CT scans are sometimes referred to as CAT scans or computed tomography scans. The high detailed images that CT scans show, can provide additional information compared to conventional radiography, due to their high resolution.
CT scans can be used to:
• Diagnose conditions - including damage to bones, injuries to internal organs, strokes, and cancer.
• Guide further tests or treatments - for example, CT scans can help determine the location, size and shape of a tumour before the patient undergoes radiotherapy.
• Monitor conditions - including checking the size of cancer tumours during and after treatment.
CT scans won’t normally be used to check for problems if a patient doesn’t have any symptoms (known as screening).
Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, is a type of diagnostic imaging scan that uses strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. The scanner is a large tube that contains powerful magnets, and the patient lies inside this tube throughout the duration of the scan.
An MRI scan can be used to examine almost any part of the body, including the:
• Brain and spinal cord
• Bones and joints
• Heart and blood vessels
• Internal organs, such as the liver or womb
MRI scans are used to help diagnose conditions, plan treatments and assess how effective previous treatment has been.
Diagnostic ultrasound imaging
Some diagnostic imaging techniques, like ultrasound imaging, can be used to treat or use on patients without the use of radiation. Ultrasound imaging, or a sonography, is a medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce visual images of organs or tissues inside the body.
How do ultrasound scans work?
A small device called an ultrasound probe is used, which gives off high-frequency sound waves. When these sound waves bounce off different parts of the body, they create echoes that are picked up by the probe and turned into a moving image. This image is displayed on a monitor whilst the scan is carried out.
Ultrasound scans are often used to monitor the progress unborn babies, but they can also be used to diagnose a condition or guide a surgeon during certain medical procedures.
What is ultrasound imaging of the Musculoskeletal System?
Ultrasound imaging can also be used to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and joints throughout the body. It is used to help diagnose sprains, strains, tears, trapped nerves, arthritis and other musculoskeletal (MSK) problems. As ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation, this is the safest and most noninvasive method to properly diagnose MSK conditions.
Vascular ultrasound scans
Vascular ultrasound scans use sound waves to evaluate the body's circulatory system. They help to identify blockages in the arteries and veins, as well as detecting blood clots. A technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel, known as the Doppler ultrasound study, is usually included as part of the examination.
Ultrasound scans are preferred for this type of diagnostic imaging, as they do not use ionizing radiation and can provide better images of the soft tissues that don't show up on standard X-ray images.
Why choose RMS Scanning?
Despite unprecedented cuts that are continuing to affect public budgets, RMS Scanning understand that delivering high quality and value must remain a top priority.
We understand the pressures of managing an NHS radiology department and offer an innovative service that delivers radically efficient and cost-effective radiology management solutions. Get in touch today to see how we can be of service to your Trust!
Other diagnostic imaging services
RMS offers multiple levels of involvement; from a fully managed radiology service, to utilising a facility to complete a single scan. We combine private and public sector resources to deliver unrivalled and enviable service.
Our range of diagnostic imaging services include:
Modular & Mobile MRI Units: Flexible and cost-effective mobile and modular imaging solutions. Designed to help NHS hospitals increase diagnostic imaging capacity and reduce patient waiting times.
In-House MRI Services & CT Scanning Services: Increase in-house capacity utilising an additional team of imaging staff, maximising your hospital or trust’s diagnostic imaging capacity.
Specialist Ultrasound Diagnostic Services: RMS provides highly technical ultrasound imaging including MSK and Vascular. We provide specialist ultrasound scanning services for NHS Trusts, designed to maximise capacity on your in-house ultrasound scanners.
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