X-Ray Imaging Services
With the NHS at its heart, Radiology Management Solutions (RMS) excel in helping NHS Trusts expand capability and capacity within their Radiology departments, especially within X-ray imaging services.
RMS Scanning’s services are of a higher standard compared to other imaging providers. We deliver a range of specialist services meeting the NHS’s increasingly complex needs, delivering on the Faster Diagnosis Standard whilst helping improve patient care and making vital savings. RMS offer a radiology reporting service, both plain film and DEXA, to help NHS Trusts reduce the backlog in these two key areas.
Our X-ray services are designed to make life easier for NHS hospitals and Trusts. We are here to help alleviate stress, as well as taking over the management and financial burden of running a busy medical clinic. This gives your NHS hospital or Trust more time to focus on caring for your patients.
What is X-ray imaging?
X-ray imaging is a process that involves a quick and painless procedure, commonly used to produce images of the inside of the body.
It's an efficient and effective way of looking at bones, as well as detecting and diagnosing a range of other medical conditions.
X-rays are often carried out in hospital X-ray departments by specialists known as radiographers, but they can also be done by other medical professionals, such as dentists.
How does X-ray imaging work?
X-ray imaging services use an X-ray beam, which is a type of radiation that can pass through the human body. As the X-rays pass through the body, the energy from the beams 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 are more difficult for the X-rays to pass through, like bone, show up as clear white areas on the image. Softer parts of the body, such as the heart, show up on the image as darker areas. X-ray imaging can be used to examine most areas of the body. Although they’re mostly used to look at bones and joints, X-rays can also be used to detect problems affecting soft tissue and internal organs.
X-ray imaging techniques are highly effective, so they can be used to examine a range of medical problems, such as:
Broken bones and fractures
Dental problems, such as loose teeth and dental abscesses
Non-cancerous and cancerous bone tumours
Pneumonia and other lung problems
Dysphagia (swallowing problems)
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.
Other X-ray imaging services
There are several different variations and types when it comes to X-rays.
A bone density, or DEXA, scan is an X-ray procedure that involves lying the patient lying on their back on an X-ray table so an area of their body can be scanned. During the DEXA scan, a large scanning arm will be passed over the body to measure bone density in the centre of the skeleton.
As the scanning arm is moved over the body, a narrow beam of low-dose X-rays are passed through the part of the body being examined. The X-ray detector inside the scanning arm measures the number of X-rays that have passed through the body. This information will be used to produce an image of the scanned area.
The results from the DEXA scan are then compared with the bone density expected for a young healthy adult, or a healthy adult the same age, gender and ethnicity of the patient.
A computerised tomography (CT) scan uses X-rays and a computer to create detailed images of the inside of a body. CT scans can also be called CAT scans or computed tomography scans. CT scans can produce detailed images of the internal organs, blood vessels and bones.
These images can provide additional information compared to conventional X-rays, due to the high resolution of the images produced by the computer. CT scans can be used to:
Guide further tests or treatments
Monitor existing conditions
CT scans wouldn't normally be used to check for problems if a patient doesn’t already have symptoms - this is known as screening.
Commonly used in screening for breast cancer, mammography is a type of X-ray that is used to create detailed images of the breast. Mammogram X-rays can spot cancers when they're too small to see or feel.
The breast is placed on the X-ray machine and gently but firmly compressed with a clear plate. Two X-rays are then taken of each breast at different angles. After the patient’s breasts have been X-rayed, the mammogram will be checked for any abnormalities that could be related to cancer.
Angiography is a type of X-ray used to check blood vessels. Blood vessels do not show clearly on a normal X-ray, so a special dye needs to be injected into the patient’s blood first before the procedure. The dye highlights blood vessels on the X-ray, allowing doctors to view any problems.
Angiography x-rays can help to diagnose or monitor various problems affecting blood vessels, including:
• Peripheral arterial disease
• A brain aneurysm
• Blood clots or a pulmonary embolism lungs
• A blockage in the blood supply to your kidneys
Angiography can also be used to help plan treatment for some of these conditions.
Fluoroscopy is an X-ray technique which produces a continuous ‘live’ image on a television monitor or screen. This type of X-ray is useful for seeing dynamic bodily functions, as well as viewing organs and body structures. Fluoroscopy procedures are carried out to help diagnose disease, or to guide physicians during certain treatment procedures.
Like angiography, a special range of dyes need to be drunk or introduced to the patient before the procedure. This is to help the doctors visualize how the substance is moving through the body.
DEXA and Plain Film radiology reports
RMS offer a full DEXA reporting service to provide advice and guidance on setting up and running a DEXA reporting department, as well as comprehensive staff training. Our quality assured DEXA reports are completed in a standardised format, in accordance with DXA reporting protocols.
RMS Scanning’s advanced practitioner reporting radiographers provide a complete radiology reporting service to support your NHS Trust. Our highly experienced team all have extensive reporting portfolios with multi-site experience. The RMS plain film reporting service helps NHS hospitals and Trusts to expedite every element of their scanning and reporting service, so that patients can be diagnosed and receive treatment quickly.
X-ray imaging services for the NHS
Here at RMS Scanning, we understand how stressful and time-consuming setting up new X-ray imaging services or extending an existing department can be. It’s often not a financially viable option for many NHS hospitals when considering the initial capital investment, plus on-going costs of future upgrades or replacements. Not forgetting the experienced radiology staff you’ll need to recruit to run it.
RMS can offer multiple levels of involvement in X-ray imaging services. From a fully managed radiology service to utilising a facility to complete a single scan. RMS combines private and public sectors resources to deliver unrivalled and enviable service.
We provide innovative solutions to improve the service and capacity of your X-ray imaging departments. RMS offers a radiology reporting service, both plain film and DEXA, to help NHS Trusts reduce the backlog.
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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