Counties Manukau Health Radiology
Public Service, Radiology, Pregnancy Ultrasound
What is Radiology?
Radiological procedures are used for looking at the internal structures of the body, whether bone or soft tissue. Usually these examinations are carried out to:
- diagnose disease states, such as infection, heart disease or other abnormalities
- show the extent of injury to body structures
- to aid in interventional procedures, such as biopsies.
The Clinical Teams at Middlemore Hospital and Manukau SuperClinic™ consist of:
- Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) or Radiographers who perform your X-ray examinations.
- Sonographers who perform your ultrasound examinations.
- Radiologists who are specialist doctors who interpret your images. They will also be involved if you have a specialist investigation such as an intravenous urogram (IVU), barium study, or biopsy.
- Radiology nurses provide patient care and specialist support for Radiology procedures.
There are no charges for services to public patients if you are lawfully in New Zealand and meet one of the Eligibility Directions specified criteria set by the Ministry of Health.
If you do not meet the criteria, you will be required to pay for the full costs of any medical treatment you receive during your stay.
To check whether you meet the specified eligibility criteria, visit the Ministry of Health website.
For any applicable charges, please phone the Accounts Receivable Office on (09) 276 0060.
Procedures / Treatments
A barium enema is an X-ray procedure to examine the lower part of the gastro-intestinal tract (large bowel).… More
A biopsy involves a specially designed needle used to remove a small piece of tissue for examination under a microscope.… More
You may have an ultrasound examination before a mammogram if you are young or presently breastfeeding and find a lump.… More
This breast procedure is needed to clearly show which part of the breast tissue needs to be removed during your operation.… More
A mammogram is a special type of x-ray used only for the breast.… More
Your mammogram has shown an area of tissue that needs to be examined more closely.… More
Ultrasound Guided Core Biopsy
Your breast ultrasound has shown an area of tissue that needs to be examined more closely.… More
Computer Tomography (CT)
This is a special x-ray examination which, with the help of a computer, produces cross-wise picture slices of your body.… More
This is a special type of x-ray to examine your uterus.… More
In this procedure, phenol is injected into nerves in the back to help relieve pain and increase blood flow to the skin of the leg.… More
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a unique way of showing structures in the body using a strong magnetic field and harmless low energy radio waves. No x-rays are used.… More
This procedure involves the insertion of a needle into the affected place in the body, then radio-frequency waves are directed at a very small area to destroy the target cells.… More
In ultrasound, a beam of sound at a very high frequency (that cannot be heard) is sent into the body from a small vibrating crystal in a hand-held scanner head. When the beam meets a surface between tissues of different density, echoes of the sound beam are sent back into… More
An X-ray is a high frequency, high energy wave form. It cannot be seen with the naked eye, but can be picked up on a photographic plate.… More
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This page was last updated at 11:20AM on September 17, 2020. This information is reviewed and edited by Counties Manukau Health Radiology.