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Diagnostic Services

Diagnostic Services

The Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, of SRMC is spread over an area of 20,000 sq ft with its very prominent location in the main block of the hospital on the ground floor, first floor (C0 & C1).

The department has several state of the art equipment and is manned by a dedicated team of over 100 members, including radiologists, interventionists, technologists and allied health staff providing diagnostic and image-guided therapeutic services.

This team also takes care of all in-patients for interventional procedures and intensive care. Some of the investigations & tests conducted in the department include

Fluoroscopy Procedures

  • Gastro Intestinal (GI) Tract
    • Oesophagogram
    • Barium Meal
    • Barium meal follows through
    • Barium Enema
    • Enteroclysis
    • Loopogram
  • Urinary Tract
    • Intravenous Urogram (IVU)
    • Cystogram
    • Voiding Cystourethrogram (VCU)
    • Ascending Urethrogram (AUG)
    • Opposing Urethrogram
    • Nephrostogram


  • The ultrasound facility of the department consists of the latest state of the art ultrasound scanners and has individualized scan room for female / male / pediatric / special investigation patients.
  • Dimensional (2D) Ultrasound
    • Abdomen
    • KUB
    • Pelvis
  • Dimensional (3D) Ultrasound
    • 3D Angiography
    • Tomographic Ultrasound Imaging (TUI)
    • Volume Calculation on 3D Ultrasound
  • Dimensional (4D) Ultrasound
    • 3D Ultrasound in real time
  • Contrast Ultrasound
  • Elastography
  • Small Parts Ultrasound
    • Thyroid
    • Breast (Sonomammogram)
    • Superficial Swelling
    • Scrotum & Eye (Ocular)
  • Thorax (chest) Ultrasound
  • Transcranial (Pediatric Neurosonogram) Ultrasound
  • Transvaginal (3D) Ultrasound
  • Neonatal and Pediatric Ultrasound
  • Musculoskeletal Ultrasound
  • Peripheral Nerve and Joint Ultrasound
  • Dental Ultrasound

Doppler Studies

  • Carotid and Vertebral Studies
  • Portal Venous System
  • Aorta and IVC Flow
  • Arterial-Venous Systems
  • Renal Doppler
  • Transplant Kidney, Liver Doppler
  • Illiac Vessels Doppler
  • Foetal Doppler
  • Specific Organ Doppler
  • Transcranial Doppler
  • Scrotal Doppler
  • Penile Doppler
  • Musculoskeletal Doppler
  • AV Fistula and graft Doppler


  • Pleural
  • Ascites
  • Pseudo cyst
  • Abscess
  • Pelvis Collection
  • Retroperitoneal Specific Areas
  • Ultrasound guided pigtail insertion
  • Biopsies
    • Liver
    • Kidney
    • Breast
    • Musculoskeletal
  • FNAC
    • Breast
    • Thyroid
    • Mass lesion

Computed Tomography (CT)

The Department has three CT scanners. A 16-slice Multi-detector CT (Philips Brilliance 16) – 2 Nos and a state of the art 64-slice CT (GE VCT XT). Procedures done using CT unit include:

  • Whole body Imaging and Angiography
  • Cardiac CT with Calcium Scoring
  • CT Angiography (Aorta, peripheral and cerebral)
  • Bowel Imaging
  • High Resolution Computed Tomography
  • CT Perfusion Imaging including stroke and tumor
  • CT Guided Procedures
  • CT Guided Biopsy
  • CT Guided Drainage Procedures
  • Virtual Colonoscopy
  • 3D Imaging

The volume data of the CT images are processed in ADW 4.4 and EBW 4 workstations to produce excellent 3D reconstruction images

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

The Department is equipped with 1.5 T MRI (GE Signa HDxt) with 16 channel system and Siemens Magnetom avanto 32 channel 1.5 T MRI. Around 30 – 40 MRI examinations are carried out every day.

The services using MRI include:

  • Whole body MRI
  • Whole body MR Angiography
  • Functional MRI, Fibre tracking
  • MR Spectroscopy
  • Perfusion and Diffusion Imaging
  • Whole Spine Imaging
  • Cardiac MRI
  • MR Mammography
  • Advanced Abdominal Imaging
  • High Resolution Imaging of Joints
  • Whole Body Metastasis Screening
  • Fetal MRI

Central Laboratory


Is an invasive procedure to rule out the problems or defects if any, in the gastrointestinal tract which includes esophagus, stomach and duodenum (upper abdomen).

Patients report in a fasting state at 8:00 a.m. (fasting from 10:00 p.m. the previous day should be adhered) to F1 Block on first floor – procedural area with all relevant medical documents as advised by doctor. The procedure normally takes 5 – 10 minutes.


Is an invasive procedure to examine the lining of colon (large intestine) advancing into rectum and colon

The preparation for this procedures begins with fasting after 11:00 p.m. with medicine taken as advised by the consultant for the procedure.

In case patient is non-diabetic he / she can have clear liquids like coconut water / glucose / soft drinks

Patients report in a fasting state at 10:00 a.m. at F1 – Block first floor procedural area with all relevant medical documents. The procedure normally takes 20 – 30 minutes


Is a procedure which enables the physician to examine the duct and pancreatic ducts using an endoscope which is passed through the mouth to the intestine and a small plastic tube is passed through the endoscope and dye is injected into the bile duct passage to enable accurate visualization with help of x-rays. It is usually performed in cases with an obstruction of bile ducts. The procedure is done under anesthesia.


Is an invasive procedure which is performed by gastroenterology specialist in order to stretch a narrowed area of food pipe. It is used to treat patients with swallowing difficulty.

Patients report in a fasting state at 8:00 a.m. (fasting from 10:00 p.m. the previous day should be adhered) to F1 – procedural area with all relevant medical documents. The procedure normally takes 20 – 30 minutes


Is an invasive procedure to visualize the airways for any obstructions, abnormal growth or mass for diagnosis and further treatment

Patients report after 12 hours of fasting state at the appointed time at F1 – procedural area with all relevant medical documents. The procedure normally takes 30 minutes


It is a procedure done by the pulmonologist in the chest (thorax) of a patient, who has fluid in chest cavity. Both diagnostic and therapeutic procedure can be performed with the thoracosope. One can look inside the chest and also around the lungs to find out the reason for fluid collection in the chest cavity, to remove fluid which may have collected between the lung and the chest wall (pleural effusion), and try to prevent this from happening again. Biopsy of the pleura can also be taken from the suspected area of infection.

Stent Removal

Using a cystoscope (a camera that can be placed into the bladder) and a grasper, stents can be securely removed

Urethral Dilation

It’s a medical procedure in which the urethra is gently stretched with a rubber or metal tube. An abnormal narrowing of the urethra, called a stricture, may inhibit the flow of urine and cause serious health problems, making this procedure necessary. Though urethral dilation is normally performed by urologists, with proper training and precautions, it can also be performed by a patient.

Urodynamic Study

Urodynamic testing or uro-dynamics is a study that assesses how the bladder and urethra are storing and releasing urine. Urodynamic tests can help explain symptoms of incontinence


Endoscopy of the urinary bladder via the urethra. It is carried out with a cystoscope.

The urethra is the tube that carries urine from the bladder to the outside of the body. The cystoscope has lenses like a telescope or microscope. These lenses let the physician focus on the inner surfaces of the urinary tract. Some cystoscopes use optical fibres (flexible glass fibres) that carry an image from the tip of the instrument to a viewing piece at the other end.

Cystoscopes range from pediatric to adult and from the thickness of a pencil up to approximately 9 mm and have a light at the tip. Many cystoscopes have extra tubes to guide other instruments for surgical procedures to treat urinary problems.

Cystoscopy may be recommended for any of the following conditions

Urinary tract infections

Blood in the urine (hematuria)

Loss of bladder control (incontinence) or overactive bladder.