Ultrasound Diagnostic Services
RMS Scanning provide highly technical ultrasound services and excel in helping NHS Trusts expand capability and capacity within their ultrasound diagnostic imaging techniques.
Delivering this range of specialist services to an exceptionally high standard, we believe, sets RMS apart from other imaging providers; meeting the NHS’s increasingly complex needs, delivering on the Faster Diagnosis Standard whilst helping improve patient care and making vital CIP savings.
RMS Scanning’s ultrasound diagnostic services are designed to make life easier for NHS hospitals and Trusts. Our ultrasound services are here to help alleviate stress, take over management and the financial burden of running a busy medical clinic. This gives your NHS hospital or Trust time to focus on looking after your patients.
Specialist ultrasound diagnostic services from RMS Scanning.
RMS offers multiple levels of involvement; from a fully managed ultrasound service, to utilising a facility to complete a single scan. We combine private and public sector resources to deliver an unrivalled and enviable service.
Our ultrasound diagnostic service gives NHS Trusts and hospitals access to technically advanced, fully staffed ultrasound facilities, which are reliable and cost-effective. We offer highly technical ultrasound scans for complex procedures such as:
Special liver examinations
Cardiac and contrast examinations
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.
Unlike other ultrasound companies, we understand the pressures of managing an NHS department and offer an innovative service that delivers radically efficient and cost-effective ultrasound diagnostics.
Get in touch today to see how we can be of service to you.
Patients of our managed Ultrasound 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 ultrasound scans and diagnostics
There are several different types and techniques when it comes to ultrasound scans.
The type of scan needed depends on which part of the body, or organ, is being scanned, and the reasons behind it.
What is an ultrasound scan?
Ultrasound scans are a type of diagnostic imaging technique which are used to treat or diagnose patients without the use of radiation. Ultrasound scans, or a sonography, is a medical procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce visual images of organs or tissues inside the body.
The scans are quick, non-invasive and safer than their X-ray counterparts.
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. Ultrasound scans are highly effective, so they can be used for a range of medical concerns, such as: Urinary tract, kidneys, or bladder, Soft tissue, Upper and lower abdomen and pelvis, Gynaecological conditions, Thyroid, Prostate and testicular, Musculoskeletal (known as MSK).
Endoscopic ultrasound scan
During an endoscopic ultrasound scan, an endoscope is inserted into the patient’s body, usually through the mouth, to examine areas such as the stomach or oesophagus. The endoscope has a light and an ultrasound device on the end. Once it's been inserted into the body, sound waves are used to create images in the same way as an external ultrasound.
Patients will be given a sedative to keep calm, as well as a local anaesthetic spray to numb their throat. This is because an endoscopic ultrasound scan can be quite uncomfortable and may result in vomiting.
Musculoskeletal (MSK) ultrasound scans
External ultrasound scans can be used to produce pictures of muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves and joints throughout the body. It is also 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.
This type of external ultrasound scan is preferred for monitoring and diagnosing vascular problems, as they do not use ionizing radiation and can provide better images of soft tissues that don't show up on standard X-ray images.
Internal ultrasound scan
An internal ultrasound scan examination allows a doctor to look more closely inside the body at organs such as the prostate gland, ovaries or womb. A small, sterile ultrasound probe, not much wider than a finger, is gently passed into the body and the internal images are transmitted to a monitor.
These types of ultrasound examinations can cause some discomfort, but don't cause any pain and are a quick procedure.
External ultrasound scan
An external ultrasound scan is most often used to examine the heart (vascular ultrasound scan) or an unborn baby in the womb. It can also be used to examine the liver, kidneys and other organs in the abdomen and pelvis, as well as soft tissues that can be assessed through the skin, such as muscles and joints (MSK scan).
A handheld ultrasound probe is placed on the patient’s skin and moved over the part of the body being examined. A lubricating gel is put on the patient’s skin to allow the probe to move smoothly, and to ensure continuous contact between the probe and the skin.
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.
DEXA & Plain Film Reporting: Innovative solutions to improve service and capacity. RMS offer a radiology reporting (plain film and DEXA) service to help NHS Trusts reduce the backlog in these two key areas.
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