Medical 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 medical imaging techniques.
Medical and diagnostic imaging has undergone major advancements 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.
Different types and techniques of medical, otherwise known as diagnostic imaging, have been developed, each with their own benefits and disadvantages. So, what exactly is medical imaging, what are these different techniques?
What is medical imaging?
Medical imaging refers the process of creating digital images of various parts of the human body for treatment and diagnostic purposes. Medical Imaging plays an important role in various health initiatives that look to improve public health, and it is also frequently justified in the follow-up of a disease that has already been diagnosed and/or treated.
Types of medical imaging, such as X-rays, MR and CT scans and ultrasonography, are vital in a variety of medical settings, as well as major levels of health care. Although medical judgment might be sufficient prior to the treatment of a condition, the use of medical imaging services is crucial in confirming, assessing and documenting a disease or injury, as well as assessing the correct response to treatment.
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.
What are the types of medical imaging, and what techniques do they use?
There are a variety of different types of medical images and techniques.
Different types of diagnostic imaging have been developed over the years, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
Medical Imaging using X-rays
X-ray imaging uses an x-ray beam that is projected on the human body. Parts of the x-ray beam are absorbed by the body when passing through. On the opposite side of the body, the X-rays are detected on film, resulting in a 2-D image.
The most common techniques of X-ray in medical imaging are:
• Radiography (plain x-rays): Standard X-ray procedures have advanced massively since they were first invented. In today’s radiography, digital X-ray techniques are replacing old conventional methods.
• CT (computed tomography): CT scanners can produce detailed images of the human body. These images can provide additional information compared to conventional radiography, due to their high resolution.
• Mammography: Commonly used in screening for breast cancer, mammography is a type of x-ray that is used to create detailed images of the breast.
• Angiography: This specific type of X-ray technique is used for viewing blood vessels and organs by injecting a contrast agent into the blood. This enhances its visibility on the X-ray image produced.
• Fluoroscopy: Fluoroscopy is a type of X-ray medical imaging that produces a ‘live’ image of the patient’s internal organs and structures continuously on a screen.
The risk that comes from X-ray medical imaging is that different organs and tissues have a sensitivity to radiation. The risk to the body from X-ray imaging varies depending on which part of the body is being mapped.
Doctors, and x-ray manufacturers, understand of the risks and usually do everything possible to minimise the radiation dose given to their patients. They take special care during X-ray examinations to use the lowest radiation dose possible while producing the images.
Molecular imaging provides detailed information of the biological processes taking place in the human body at cellular and molecular levels. Using this technique is useful in indicating a disease in its early stages, well before they would be even be seen on CT images. By identifying these changes sooner, doctors can take immediate action at a much earlier stage than they could previously.
Molecular imaging procedures are usually carried out with a positron emission tomography (PET) device. Prior to the PET scan, a small amount of a radioactive substance, called a radiopharmaceutical, is injected into the patient’s bloodstream.
These radiopharmaceuticals attach themselves to the target organ or specific cells. The PET device then detects them and show how they are distributed in the body. This distribution pattern helps to show if the organs and tissues are functioning correctly.
Other types of medical imaging
Imaging techniques can be used to treat or use on patients without the use of radiation. Two examples of this type of medical imaging include:
• Ultrasound imaging: 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. Sound waves are transmitted to the examination area and the returning echoes are captured to provide a live image. Due to the lack of radiation, ultrasound scans are often used during pregnancy to provide images and monitor the progress of the fetus.
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI): MRI systems use a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce detailed images of the body’s internal organs and structures. MRI provides high quality images with extensive detail of soft tissue and the brain. As such, it’s used frequently in examinations of brain tumors, inflamed spines, slipped discs, and in assessing the function of the heart.
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
We offer a wide range of static, modular solutions designed to help NHS hospitals increase medical imaging capacity and reduce patient waiting times.
When compared to the capital outlay of a permanent build, or the cost of using a mobile unit for more than 3 days a week, a modular unit can provide the most cost-effective way of meeting increasing clinical demand. RMS can also staff additional modular units up to 18 hours a day with our trained and highly-qualified radiographers.
Benefits of using our Modular MRI Units include:
Immediate additional scanning capacity to reduce radiology waiting lists.
Ability to customise and design the space to suit the unique needs of an NHS Trust, including adding waiting rooms, reporting areas and bathrooms.
Specify the equipment that you need and get the latest models.
A modular MRI unit only needs some outdoor space, a parking area or similar, is quick to install and can be up and running in a matter of weeks, allowing more patients to be scanned and on their way to diagnosis and treatment.
Mobile MRI Scanners would never be our first-choice solution for customers; however, we do understand that they may be needed when additional capacity options have been maximised. As a result, we’ve developed a unique mobile MRI scanner rental concept. RMS provides clients with a selection of customised medical MRI trailers that are available for short and long-term rental.
In-House MRI Services & CT Scanning Services
We understand that setting up new medical imaging services is often not a financially viable option for many hospitals. There’s plenty of cost decisions to consider, including initial capital investment, on-going costs of future upgrades/replacements, as well as the recruitment of experienced radiology staff to run it.
By choosing our in-house MRI and CT scanning services, we’ll work alongside you to establish your diagnostic imaging requirements and deliver a fully managed solution to reduce radiology waiting lists. We’ll maximise your existing CT and MRI scanners, staffing them up to 18 hours a day with our highly experienced team of radiographers. This MRI service is RMS’s core offering and helped to save our NHS Trust customers over £3.3 million last year!
Radiology Reporting (Plain Film & DXA/DEXA)
RMS offer a radiology reporting service (both plain film and DXA/DEXA) to help NHS Trusts reduce the backlog in these two key areas. Our quality assured DXA reports are completed in a standardised format and include fracture risk assessment and rates of change in serial BMD measurements, as well as commentary on the reliability of measurements.
Our advanced practitioner reporting radiographers provide a complete radiology reporting service to support the NHS. Our experienced and knowledgeable team all have extensive reporting portfolios, as well as multi-site experience. We support on-site staff and provide teaching and mentoring packages too. We help NHS Trusts to expedite every element of their scanning and reporting service, so that patients can be diagnosed and on their way to treatment much faster.
Specialist Ultrasound Imaging Services
RMS provides highly technical ultrasound imaging, including MSK Vascular. Delivering a range of specialist services, to an exceptionally high standard, sets RMS apart from other imaging providers. We meet the NHS’s increasingly complex needs, delivering on the Faster Diagnosis Standard, whilst continuing to help improve patient care and making vital CIP savings.
Our specialist imaging includes procedures such as arthrography, oncology, angiography, non-contrast angiography, small bowel, special liver examinations, cardiac, and contrast examinations.
Other diagnostic imaging services
As well as ultrasound services, we offer a range of other diagnostic imaging services, including:
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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