A medical specialty called radiology uses imaging to diagnose and treat diseases that may be seen within the body. To diagnose illnesses, our radiologists and radiographers employ a variety of imaging techniques, including plain radiography (x-rays), ultrasound scans, CT scans, and mammography.
The units under the Gulu Hospital Radiology department offer a variety of imaging services. When necessary, the radiologists at Gulu Hospital will refer you to other specialists and services.
What To Expect
Nearly all services are offered under one roof and with good coordination. Our Radiographers employ a variety of methods, such as:
- X-rays – used to see inside the body to examine cavities, bones, and foreign objects These are sometimes used with contrast agents to provide an image that moves in real-time, such as fluoroscopy for imaging the digestive system or angiography for examining blood vessels
- CT (computed tomography) offers cross-sectional views (slices) of the body that help locate and diagnose disease.
- Nuclear medicine – administers radioactive tracers to assess how the body and organs, such as the heart or kidneys, work. It is also possible to use specific radioisotopes to treat specific cancers, like thyroid cancer
- Ultrasound is a high-frequency sound technology. For patients with gastrointestinal, vascular, or musculoskeletal disorders as well as in obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics, this procedure is frequently used.
- Magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, offers high-quality body part imaging without the use of radiation.