The Radiology Unit offers users several methodologies which are capable of assessing the normal and pathological anatomy of the various organs and systems, with a view to identifying “signs” of a disease and, sometimes, tracing their way back to the specific etiopathogenesis. The Diagnostics by Images makes inescapable use of technology which, being in a constant state of evolution, enables an increasingly more accurate diagnostics and an increasingly speedier execution of the investigations.

The Image-based Diagnostics and Interventional Radiology Department boasts very sophisticated diagnostic and therapeutic methodologies: it can in fact count on technologically state-of-the-art equipment, as currently offered by the market, such as the multislice CT, the high resolution Ultrasound, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (with functional as well as morphological software), the Digital Mammography, the Digital Radiology and the Digital Angiography.

Within such a context, the Staff are vested with an extremely new and dynamic role, given that, besides the usual “image productions ” on the part of the technical staff and the “interpretation” of such images on the part of the medical staff, a clinical approach and a multi-discipline confrontation across the board ensure that the Patient is offered the most suitable functional examination within a diagnostic-therapeutic program, by taking into account even the role played by the burgeoning mini-invasive Interventional Radiology.

Each patient’s diagnostic-therapeutic program is personalized in accordance with the specific problems, by resorting to weekly multidiscipline meetings. The Radiologist, therefore, besides playing a dominant role in the diagnosis, also intervenes in the therapeutic treatment of certain pathologies through the Interventional Radiology which makes use of needles, guides, catheters, balloons, stents etc. in order to frequently produce alternatives to the more invasive X-ray-guided Surgery broadly understood (ultrasound guidance and/or CT or radioscopy). The said procedures (such as decompression and draining of the bilious ways, abscesses, thermal ablation of renal or hepatic legions, micro percutaneous biopsies) are carried out in delicate, semi-surgical environments (radiosurgical halls), even at the Day Hospital. Due to the lower percentage of morbidity and mortality, in fact, as well as the substantial reduction in the duration of hospital stay, certain pathologies are only treated by the Interventional Radiologist at present.

Our Structure has been conceived and realized by adapting the environments to these new operating requirements, so as to exalt their functionality.

ORGANIZATION

The Image-based Diagnostics Department, situated on the first floor of Sacro Cuore Hospital boasts a number of dedicated Sections, thus subdivided:

• Conventional Radiology Section with five halls: two digital diagnostics, a direct chest-specific digital diagnostics, one dedicated to the study of the digestive system, and another dedicated to the study of the urinary system, with the possibility of radioscopic assessments.

• Dental Radiology Section: digital orthopantomograph with 3D software dedicated to implantology

• Ultrasound Section: four diagnostics with multidiscipline equipment capable of offering conventional ultrasound scans, Colour Doppler Ultrasound, contrast graphics examinations, mini-invasive investigations such as fine needle aspirations and needle biopsies under ultrasound guidance of various organs (prostate, thyroid, liver, pancreas, lymph nodes etc.), echo-guided injections of therapeutic substances

• Breast Care Section, fully renewed, even from a structural viewpoint, in order to ensure maximum care for the Patient’s comfort while respecting his privacy. It boasts two last generation equipment for digital mammography, coupled with Tomosyntesis (a procedure enabling the 3D acquisition of the mammographic images which, according to more recent studies, is capable of increasing by 30% the level of diagnostic sensitivity in the detection of neoplasms), and Stereotaxy (a system which makes it possible to “guide” the needle-biopsy breast procedures). It is possible, inside it, to carry out ultrasound-guided needle biopsies of the breast, biopsies adopting the “vacuum-assisted” technique, and guided-MRI biopsy samples. The Breast Care section closely collaborates, in any event, with the Oncological Department with regard to the so-called integrated diagnostic-therapeutic program about breast diseases (consisting in early diagnosis, treatment and follow up on breast cancer).

• CT (Computed Axial Tomography) Section equipped with two multislice equipment: The 256-slice “Definition Flash” CT Scanner, currently the only one in the whole Triveneto region, which enables the acquisition of volumetric images (voxel) with a two-fold “dual energy” and “dual source” technique, thereby ensuring extremely useful studies in the oncological and vascular fields, and the 64-slice “Sensation Cardiac” CT Scanner, also equipped with a fluoroscopy function so as to visualize “in real time” the explored areas and the CT-guided operating procedures.

• Magnetic Resonance Section which boasts two “high field” equipment dedicated to the execution of images envisaging the use of intravenous contrast media, as regards the cerebral and/or abdominal areas, in an intra-articular manner (Arthrogram-MRI), when studying the major joints (shoulder, basin), or when studying the heart normally supported by Cine-MRI sequences. Besides, the latest equipment to be installed this year is fitted with advanced software which envisage faster sequence acquisition times as well as a broader physical access (gantry) to the machine, all of that in order to ensure greater “comfort” and thereby reduce the claustrophobic crises that might sometimes substantially reduce the choice of methodology, equipped with excellent contrast resolution, on the part of the Patient.

• Densitometry Section equipped with a last generation equipment which, along with DXA technology, is capable of studying various skeletal segments or a “total-body”, in the process estimating the percentage of risk of fractures and enabling the implementation of vertebral morphometries.

• The Department further boasts a direct last generation digital diagnostics for the exclusive use of the Orthopaedics Department, where it is installed, which is aimed at carrying out all the pre- and post-operation radiological examinations.

• It is additionally equipped with radiological equipment with dedicated Radiological Control (RC), exclusively for the Emergency Department’s diagnostics, so as to ensure greater execution speed for the examinations, together with a “real-time” medical recording.

The Department makes use of an integrated IT system which enables it to archive the images of each study (Picture Archiving Communication System) and to link them to each patient’s personal and clinical-anamnestic data (Radiology Information System), being a combination known under the name of RIS-PACS System. Each user is provided a copy of the examination undertaken on an IT support (CD), together with the report in paper form, thereby substantially reducing the waiting period associated with the medical recording and the delivery of the examination results. The examination is eventually filed with our Structure, as per the applicable legal provisions, on IT supports.

At the Department, a project of architectural restructuring is underway, beginning with the new Breast Care Section, which aims at ensuring maximum “comfort” for the users, while linking that, of course, to maximum accessibility and professionalism on the part of all the Operators, inspired by the institutional objectives of our Hospital as well.

Before the end of 2014, it is envisaged to launch the San Marco Diagnostic Centre at the “Don Calabria” Multipurpose Centre situated in Via San Marco 121, Verona. It is to this Structure, a completely new one equipped with the entire functional diagnostics already in use at this Hospital, that the entire diagnostic activity carried out by independent medical practitioners, as well as the check-up and sports medicine activities (in collaboration with the Sports Medicine Centre), will be transferred. Through the RIS PACS IT system, all the images produced will be archived and become available for consulting, and the same will hold true of the other examinations carried out at the Hospital.

Admission:

Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 6.00 pm; Saturday 8.00 am – 12.30 pm

Bookings:

At the counter:

X-ray, Ultrasound, Mammography, Densitometry, dental X-ray:
Monday to Friday 8.00 am – 3.00 pm

Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):
Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 12.30 pm

By phone:

X-ray, Ultrasound, Mammography, Densitometry, dental X-ray:
Monday to Friday 07.30 am – 7.30 pm and Saturday 7.30 am – 1.30 pm
tel. +39 045 601 32 37

 

Computed Axial Tomography (CAT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) / INDEPENDENT PRACTITIONERS:
Monday to Friday 8.30 am – 12.30 pm
tel.: +39 045 601 32 42

Online cancellation of examinations: click here.

 

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