IHK Radiology Services
At International Hospital Kampala (IHK), we provide a full range of inpatient and outpatient Radiology Imaging Services to meet the needs of our clients.
We offer advanced imaging technology including an all-digital PACS (picture archiving communication system), which allows the images to quickly be available to your physician.
Inpatient Radiology Imaging Services
- Diagnostic imaging for inpatient care is one of the most important functions of our team. Quality Imaging and experienced interpretation are assurances of our radiology team in supporting the hospital in providing quality care for our inpatients.
- Our patients’ safety is paramount in our service delivery, ensuring that Radiation safety Measures are adhered to at all service points.
Diagnostic imaging services are available 24 hours a day for emergency care.
Our advanced technology includes:
- C-arm as a theatre based fluoroscopy
- Interventional radiology procedures
Outpatient Radiology Imaging Services
- International Hospital Kampala Radiology Outpatient Imaging Services offer skilled and experienced care delivered in a comfortable professional environment.
- At our Radiology Outpatient Imaging Facility, you will meet a respected team of caring Radiologists, Technologists and Administrative staff devoted to providing competent and friendly Outpatient Imaging Services.
- Our strength is commitment to quality in serving the needs of our patients, referring physicians and staff. We provide a full range of diagnostic services – including Diagnostic X-ray, Ultrasound, CT scans and Mammogram in a calm, welcoming environment.
- X-rays are walk in services and no appointments done
- Ultrasound scans: Some of the Ultrasound Scan will be booked
- CT scans: emergency CTs are done but some are done on appointment.
- Mammograms: These on appointment
- Echocardiograms : Done on appointment
Our office is conveniently located and offers extended hours to meet our patients’ needs.
To make an appointment, please call 0312 200 515. For any other questions, please call 0312 200 400
Hours of Operation
We are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year
- A general X-ray exam of the body is used to help diagnose a wide variety of conditions. Our computerized system enables quick Imaging Processing and delivery to your Physician.
- X-ray technology is used to examine many parts of the body.
Bones and Teeth
- Fractures and Infections. In most cases, fractures and infections in bones and teeth show up clearly on X-rays.
- Arthritis. X-rays of your joints can reveal signs of arthritis. X-rays taken over the years can help your doctor determine if your arthritis is worsening.
- Dental Decay. Dentists use X-rays to take pictures of the teeth and jaw and check for cavities.
- Osteoporosis. Special types of X-ray tests can measure bone density.
- Bone Cancer. X-rays can reveal Bone Tumors.
- Lung infections or conditions. Evidence of Pneumonia, Tuberculosis or Lung cancer can show up on chest X-rays.
- Breast cancer. Mammography is a special type of X-ray test used to examine Breast tissue.
- Enlarged heart. This sign of heart failure shows up clearly on X-rays.
- Digestive tract problems. Barium, a contrast medium delivered in a drink or an enema, can help reveal problems in your digestive system.
- Swallowed items. If your child has swallowed something like a key or a coin, an X-ray can show the location of that object.
- Intestinal blockage
(CT) Computed Tomography
A CT uses a moving X-ray tube and computers to acquire images, analyze the data and display all parts of the body in sections which aids the radiologist to appreciate the inner structures of the body and interpret the images for the referring clinicians.
Some CT examinations require the use of a contrast medium to help visualize certain parts inside the body. In some of the contrasted CT, we ensure that we check your kidney functions prior to the examination.
Having a CT scan
You may be instructed by your physician to be well-hydrated but avoid solid food four to six hours prior to the exam. Also remember:
- Inform your doctor if you have iodine or other allergies and if you have a history of Asthma.
- Inform your doctor if you have renal diseases
- Let your physician know if you are pregnant since pregnant women should avoid exposure from X-rays used in CT scans and other medical exams.
- You may be asked to hold your breath for several seconds and to remain motionless during the short time the image is taken by the scanner.
- After the examination, all normal activities may be resumed unless otherwise noted by your Physician.
An Ultrasound scan is a safe and painless test that creates images of organs, glands, abnormal lumps and other structures like muscles, tendons and joints. It is also used to check unborn babies during pregnancy. It is used in many situations. The Ultrasound Scan is used;
- As routine for pregnant women to monitor the growth of an unborn child and check for abnormalities.
- To detect abnormalities of heart structures such as the Heart valves. This type of Ultrasound scan is called Echocardiography. This is commonly performed by the Cardiologist.
- To diagnose problems of internal organs such as the:
- Lymph nodes
- Neonatal brain
- To diagnose problems of the external organs also called small parts such as:
- The eye
- Joints , Muscles and Tendons
- The thyroid
- The scrotum
A mammogram is a low-dose x-ray exam of the breasts to look for changes that are not normal. A mammogram allows the doctor to have a closer look for changes in breast tissue that can be or cannot be felt during a breast exam.
Women ages 35 to 74 years should get a mammogram annually. In our setting women younger than 35 years are advised to do breast ultrasound scan.
Mammogram can be used either for screening or for diagnostic purposes.
Here are some general guidelines to follow as you prepare for a Mammogram:
- If you are still having menstrual periods, try to avoid making your mammogram appointment during the week before your period. Your breasts will be less tender and swollen. The mammogram will hurt less and the picture will be better.
- If you have breast implants, be sure to tell the Radiology team that you have them when you make your appointment.
- Avoid putting on a dress. We prefer a skirt or trouser and a blouse. This way, you can undress from the waist up and leave your trouser or skirt on when you get your mammogram.
- Don’t wear any deodorant, perfume, lotion, or powder under your arms or on your breasts on the day of your mammogram appointment. These things can make shadows show up on your mammogram.
- If you have had mammograms at another facility, bring these x-ray films with you as it is good to compare them with the new films.
Interventional Radiology (IR)
The techniques used in intervention Radiology offer advanced treatment options for many conditions, allowing patients to be treated with less risk and shorter hospital stays.
IR can be used to manage several conditions of different body parts and systems including the following;
- Abdomen (intestine, kidneys, liver, stomach)
- Central nervous system (brain, spine)
- Chest (lungs, respiratory system)
- Heart and vascular (Arteries, Veins, Haemodialysis access)
- Musculoskeletal (Bones, Joints, Spine)
- Genitourinary (uterus, testes, kidneys)
- Other organs and soft tissues.
Interventional Radiologists evaluate the patient beforehand and give the patient information on the procedure. They can also be involved in post-procedural care, both in cases where they work alone and in cases which involve collaboration with other physicians.
Benefits of Interventional Radiology
The imaging techniques allow accurate diagnosis and treatment using advanced equipment.
Minimally invasive procedures are performed through a small nick in the skin, minimizing the patient’s discomfort and recovery time. As interventional procedures tend to require only local anaesthesia, hospital stays are very short. In addition, the techniques can be used in very sick patients who are unfit for surgery. However for each procedure the patient’s consent is sought.
Patients who undergo IR procedures experience less pain during and after the procedure than patients undergoing surgical procedures. Post-procedural care is provided, along with follow-up imaging to confirm if the treatment has been successful.
Imaging Techniques used in Interventional Radiology
- Computed tomography (CT)
- Fluoroscopy/ C- Arm