Medical Imaging Department

Vision:

      Medical Imaging is a key component of Kuwait nation’s portfolio, providing fundamental insights into the nation’s health and well-being. As such, we would like to raise the par our Medical Imaging Services to match the highest level of international standards with the ultimate aim to improve the health and wealth of patients and to commit to continue staff development.

Mission:

     To innovate, develop, translate high quality diagnostic and interventional clinical services that matter to the needs of our patients and the public, and embrace teaching, training and research to provide sustainable and effective services, aiming towards recognition as a Centre of Excellence.

Objectives:

    To succeed in our objective by identifying 4 strategic goals that will ensure the Medical Imaging-ADAN is recognized as a centre of clinical excellence, focusing on staff and patients.  

Our 4 strategic goals:

To Maximize benefits of Medical Imaging Services through the advancement and modernization of imaging/ non-imaging facilities.

To Develop an expert Medical Imaging workforce. 

To Develop Capability, Capacity and Infrastructure of our Department.

To provide opportunity and to Improve Standards by means of effective teaching, training and collaborative research.  

      The department is divided into three main units, Diagnostic Radiology Unit, Nuclear Medicine Unit and Interventional Radiology Unit. Diagnostic Radiology Unit is equipped with the most advanced facilities in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Computed Tomography (CT), Ultrasound, Fluoroscopy, Mammography, Biopsy and General Radiography. Also, CR (computerized radiography) is available, instead of viewing films by holding them up against light, the images are observed on an ordinary computer monitor screen; hence it is filmless and digital computer images are stored and integrated with PACS and RIS

Our Services:

I-Diagnostic Radiology Unit:

  • General Radiography:

       It provides images of segments of the entire human body and soft tissue details.

  • Fluoroscopy:

         It is an X-ray procedure that makes it possible to see internal organs in monitor, producing real time video images.

  • Computed Tomography (CT-Scan):

CT scan  uses special X-ray equipment to obtain image data from different angles around the body, and then uses computer processing of the information to show a cross section of the body tissue and organs. This is particularly useful because it can show several types of tissue-brain, lungs, bones, soft tissue and blood vessels with great clarity. 

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI):

This imaging modality  uses non-ionizing radiation and it is non-invasive procedure. It also gives the best contrast resolution and a direct multiplanar imaging which is a distinct advantage from other imaging modality. Sometimes we use contrast I.V. to enhance visibility of the images. 

  • Ultrasound and Colour Doppler Study:

      It is one of the imaging modalities that do not use ionizing radiation. It is safe and non-invasive; hence it finds its most beneficial use in detection of early pregnancy. Excellent in detection pathology of the intra-abdominal solid organs like the liver, pancreas, gall bladder, neonatal intracranial haemorrhages, assessing superficial organs, soft tissue and joints, uterine, ovarian and prostate pathology, and detection of fluid in body cavities. Colour doppler study of arteries and veins. Its colour flow imaging feature enhances diagnostic accuracy of vessels.

  • FNAC and Biopsy:

           It involves extraction of sample cells or tissues for pathological examination guided by ultrasound machine using either FNAC for thyroid nodules and lipomas   or core needle for lymph nodes.

  • Bone Mineral Density (B M D)

         Bone Mineral Density test measures how much calcium and other type of minerals in bones, this help referring  physician  to detect osteoporosis and risk of fractures in patients.

II-Interventional Radiographyunit:

           Vascular & Nonvascular interventions. The procedures are done in I.R. unit by interventional radiology team under supervision of interventional radiology specialist upon physician’s request for all parts of the  body. 

Nonvascular procedures include:

  • Ascitic and pleural fluid tapping.
  • Percutaneous abscesses drainage. 
  • Percutaneous cholecystostomy.
  • Percutaneous nephrostomy and ureteric stenting. 
  • Percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage and biliary stenting.
  • Biopsy from different parts of body under US or CT guidance.
  • liver and renal biopsy in case of diffuse diseases.

Vascular interventional procedure:

  • Embolization of visceral vascular injuries due to trauma.
  • Uterine artery embolization in case of uterine bleeding due to fibroid or placenta previa.
  • Bronchial artery embolization in case of haemoptysis.
  • GIT embolization in case of haematemesis or bleeding per rectum uncontrollable with endoscopy.
  • Gonadal vein embolization for varicocele.
  • PICC line insertion for patient who in need of TPN.
  • IVC filter placement and retrieval.
  • Permcath insertion, conventional venography and venoplasty for renal failure patient on haemodialysis.
  • Porta Cath insertion for oncology patient who need chemotherapy.

III- Nuclear Medicineunit: 

         Adan Nuclear Medicine unit is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of clinical, scientific, technical, nursing and clerical staff who aim to provide high quality, cost effective clinical and scientific support services to a wide range of KW communities. The services include routine as well as esoteric testing in all areas of NM and clinical laboratory using the most advanced equipment with complete computerized operation. To assure accuracy and reliability of patient test results with a high degree of quality. NM unit has established and maintained written quality control policies and procedures as part of its total QC program and has participated effectively in both national and international quality programs. NM Management System complies with the requirements of National Quality Management Systems’ and with the requirements of the appropriate international accreditation standards. The NM unit is in the process of establishing a Medical Physics that will elevate further provision of quality services to visiting patients.