The majority of radiology examinations are traditional radiographic examinations such as chest x-rays, radiographs of the spine and bones, and arthrograms. The ward, however, carries out a wide range of modern radiographic examinations, including MRIs, CTs and ultrasonic imaging, and scanning with modern PET-CT equipment in co-operation with the Clinical Physiology Unit.
What is common to all radiographic examinations is that they provide accurate structural images from inside the patient's body, which enable doctors to diagnose or rule out numerous illnesses and, if necessary, to plan effective treatment.
Apart from scanning, the treatment of patients also involves taking samples and various procedures, such as balloon dilations. Procedures that would otherwise require major surgery can be performed under the guidance of imaging. In most cases, recovery from these imaging procedures is much quicker than recovery from corresponding operations.
The Radiology Department of Kuopio University Hospital serves at five different locations.
- The emergency x-ray scans emergency patients from the emergency care area and Joint Emergency Department.
- X-ray 1 performs radiographies, such as dental radiographies, ultrasounds and fluoroscopy examinations, and angiographies with the related procedures.
- X-ray 2 is in charge of CTs, PET-CTs, and magnetic resonance imaging.
- X-ray 3 is responsible for the scanning of children under 16.
- The mammography unit performs breast examinations and sample taking.