St. James’s Private Radiology
James's St, Dublin 8
Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm
Information for Doctors
We provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic and interventional ultrasound to patients covering all body parts. We provide a high quality comprehensive imaging service with state-of-the-art equipment including 3D scanning and direct access ultrasound intervention. All imaging is performed by a Consultant Radiologist who is available to discuss the imaging findings directly with the patients or referring doctor. Any acute findings can be directly referred to the hospital.
Information for Patients
Ultrasound is an imaging technique that uses high frequency sound waves to obtain images of the internal organs. The technique is fast, painless and does not involve x-rays. It is completely safe in pregnancy and usually takes about 10-15 minutes to perform the scan. Unlike many ‘scan centres’, all ultrasound imaging in St James’s is done by a medically trained doctor who specialises in ultrasound imaging. The doctor can discuss the findings with you and give you any further advice if required. We will also discuss any of the scan findings with your doctor and send them a written report. All imaging is performed in a private clinic room and patient privacy is of paramount importance.
Most ultrasound appointments can be facilitated on the same or next day of the referral. A referral letter from your doctor is required at the time of the scan unless otherwise instructed. To make an appointment please see our contact section.
Types of Utrasound & Patient Preparation
This is a comprehensive examination that will assess your abdominal organs (liver, pancreas, gallbladder, kidneys, spleen, aorta). Patients must fast for 8 hours prior to this ultrasound.
This type of ultrasound is performed to assess the kidneys for renal stones, haematuria (blood in urine) and other renal pathology. No patient preparation is required.
A pelvic ultrasound will assess the ovaries and uterus for a variety of symptoms including pelvic pain and irregular periods. Pelvic ultrasound is rarely performed in men. For a trans-abdominal pelvic ultrasound, it is essential your bladder is full. In general, please drink a litre of water prior to the ultrasound.
A trans-vaginal ultrasound is another type of pelvic ultrasound that requires an ultrasound probe to be placed into the lower vagina to perform high resolution imaging of the uterus and ovaries. The scan is non painful and there is no need to fill your bladder prior to the ultrasound. Fertility imaging and follicular tracking is also performed by our team who specialise in women’s imaging.
This is performed as part of a trans-vaginal pelvic ultrasound to assess the size and number of ovarian follicles. It is important to time this examination with your last menstrual period (LMP), please have this date to hand when booking this study.
This type of ultrasound is performed to image the thyroid and salivary glands. It can also be carried out to assess lumps and bumps in the neck. There is no need for any patient preparation prior to the ultrasound. Fine needle aspiration of thyroid nodules and neck lymph nodes may also performed if requested by your doctor.
Testicular ultrasound is done to assess the scrotum and testicles. It is not painful and no patient preparation is required.
Dr Ciaran Johnston is a specialist in musculoskeletal imaging and runs a specialist ultrasound list to assess bones and joints. He will also perform steroid injections for painful and swollen joints. No patient preparation is required for bone and joint imaging.
This type of ultrasound is performed to stage tumours and to assess for incontinence. Please ask our secretaries about patient preparation that is required.
Doppler ultrasound is carried out to assess for vascular blockages and clots in veins. No patient preparation is required for this type of examination.
Ultrasound is an ideal imaging test to assess lumps and bumps in the skin or subcutaneous tissues. No patient preparation is required.
These include Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA), Biopsies, Drainage of fluid and abscesses. The majority require no patient preparation however some procedures require patients to have blood tests done prior to the procedure or to stop certain medications. Our office staff will advise you if any preparation is required.