Radiology (X-Ray)

Radiology (X-Ray) Department

Contact Information
General X-Ray enquiries – Tel: 01 235 5249
Ultrasound enquiries – Tel: 01 235 5249
DXA Scan enquiries – Tel: 01 235 5453
How to find us NRH Cedars Building, Level 1
Description of Service

The Radiology Department is located in the NRH Cedars Building (the original hospital building) at the NRH.  All of the imaging equipment in the Department is digital and linked to a fully integrated RIS-PACS (Radiology Information System and Picture Archiving and Communication System).

This in turn is integrated to the National Integrated Medical Imaging System (NIMIS), allowing your doctor at the NRH to see your x-rays or scans which were performed in almost all of the acute hospitals around the country.

If you are seeking a copy of your radiology imaging, please contact the Freedom of Information (FOI) Officer at the NRH by email, or in writing and your request will be processed.  Email

Please note that we can only process requests for scans performed or requested by the NRH

Download our Radiation X-ray Patient Information Leaflet

Services Provided

At the NRH, the radiology service includes the sub-specialties of Ultrasound, DXA scans and general X-Ray.

Access to Radiology is available by appointment between the core hours of 9am-5pm on the following days:

X-Rays, Ultrasound and DXA scans – Monday to Friday

For the Inpatient population, the radiology service is operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

General X-Ray and Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)

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General X-Ray and PACS

X-rays (radiographs) are a non-invasive and low radiation examinations; they are helpful in providing useful information in aiding the diagnosis and monitoring of many conditions and injuries.

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At the NRH ultrasound is performed by highly trained radiographers and the radiologist. Ultrasound uses high frequency sound waves to examine internal organs, joints, tendons and blood vessels. An ultrasound scan will not make you feel any different or have any adverse side effects. A small amount of warm gel is placed on the area of interest and with gentle pressure on the skin surface the examination is undertaken within a few minutes.

Please note that some ultrasound procedures require preparation – see below.

– Abdominal ultrasound – you must have nothing to eat for four hours before the appointment, but you may still drink water. Continue to take any prescribed medication.

– Abdomen and pelvis ultrasound – you must eat nothing for four hours before the appointment, but you may still drink water. You must drink half a litre (500mls) of water one hour before the scan – you must not empty your bladder.  Continue to take any prescribed medication.

– Kidneys, bladder and pelvis ultrasound – you must have a full bladder so please drink half a litre (500mls) of water one hour before your scan – you must not empty your bladder. Continue to eat normally and take any prescribed medication.

– Children – please encourage your child to drink plenty so that they have a full bladder when they arrive for the appointment. Continue to take any prescribed medication.

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DXA Scans

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DXA (Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry) is a specialist X-Ray exam used to measure your bone strength or bone mineral density.  Osteoporosis is one of the conditions that can cause loss of bone mass.  Bones that are not very dense can become weak and are more likely to break.

Density measurements are taken of bones at specific areas of your body – usually at the lower back, hip, wrist or forearm.  The results show whether you have lost bone density. The measurements also help determine the presence of osteoporosis and can be used to estimate your risk of a possible bone fracture.  If you are being treated for bone loss, a follow-up exam can also show if the therapy is working.

There is little or no preparation for this exam. Please do not take any calcium supplements 24 hours before the exam.  Dress comfortably but try to avoid clothes with metal zips, buttons or belts.

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Note for all women of childbearing age: 
Women within an age range of 12 to 55 years are asked to complete a Pregnancy Declaration Form, indicating pregnancy status and Last Menstruation Period (LMP), when having a diagnostic x-ray examination between the diaphragm and the symphysis pubis (including DXA examinations).  This is to rule out the possibility of pregnancy before your examination.

Please contact the department before your appointment if you think you might be pregnant.  If there is a possibility you are pregnant, or you think you might be pregnant, your examination may be rescheduled until you can confirm you are not pregnant.

The department telephone numbers are: 01 235 5249 and  01 235 5453.

Staff Contact Details 
Clinical Director of Radiology: Dr Brian McGlone Tel: 01 235 5254
Radiography Services Manager: Rosie Conlon Tel: 01 235 5840
Clinical Specialist General X-Ray and PACS: Carmel Kelly Tel: 01 235 5453
Ultrasonographer and General Radiographer: Joao Cardoso Tel: 01 235 5249
Radiology HCAs: Caroline McCann, Anita Guegan Tel: 01 235 5134
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