Special Procedures

Special Procedures 

There are a number of other procedures performed at our clinics which are outlined below. Please contact your local clinic to confirm which ones are available there.

 

MR Enterography

MR enterography uses an magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner to produce detailed images of the small intestine. This is a non-invasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose medical conditions in the abdomen such as:

  • Crohn's disease and other inflammatory bowel diseases
  • tumours
  • inflammation
  • bleeding sources and vascular abnormalities
  • abscess and fistula
  • bowel obstruction

 

Biopsy

This involves sampling a tiny piece of tissue to examine it under the microscope to establish a precise diagnosis.

When an area of the body differs from an expected appearance on imaging (such as x-ray, ultrasound, CT) it is not always possible to give an exact diagnosis, so a biopsy may be used to sample the tissue - for example in the breast, thyroid and liver. Ultrasound, CT or MRI is used by the Radiologist to accurately guide to the area to be sampled, a biopsy is performed using a hollow needle, and the specimen sent for laboratory testing.

Breast Hookwire

Mammography pictures sometimes show an  abnormality in the breast that cannot be felt. If the abnormality is to be surgically removed, it may be necessary to place a fine wire, called a  hookwire, in the breast with its tip at the site of interest. This acts as a marker during surgery and enables the surgeon to remove the correct area of breast tissue.

Sclerotherapy (only available at our clinic in Hastings)

Sclerotherapy is a treatment for the removal of spider veins and smaller varicose veins. Veins are injected with a sterile chemical or sclerant, which irritates the vessel's lining, making it become inflamed and eventually fade away completely. Blood circulation is carried out through healthy veins located deeper within the body, so the outward appearance and pain that can come with abnormal veins, is significantly reduced.