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General radiology

General radiology uses ionizing radiation to obtain images for diagnostic purposes

At Marti-Torres Clinic we are committed to one of the main challenges of current radiology: the reduction of the radiation dose emitted in order to obtain the highest image quality.

For this reason, in 2017 we decided to work with digital radiology by acquiring a new lightning device. We invested in the Connexity Digital Remote Control System, that incorporates the most advanced systems to obtain and process digital images, in addition to reducing the radiation dose to the minimum required.

For this reason, in 2017 we decided to work with digital radiology by acquiring a new lightning device. We invested in the Connexity Digital Remote Control System, that incorporates the most advanced systems to obtain and process digital images, in addition to reducing the radiation dose to the minimum required.

Simple radiology

  • Chest x-ray
  • Musculoskeletal X-ray
  • Spine x-ray
  • Plain abdomen x-ray
  • X-ray of skull, breasts and ears

Teleradiography

  • Spinal teleradiography
  • Lower limb teleradiography
  • Lateral skull teleradiography

Digestive system tests

Esophageal Transit

A barium sulfate contrast is administered orally and several x-rays are taken while swallowing. The patient must take the test with 8 hours of fasting. The test lasts 15 minutes.

Gastro esophageal transit

It is a fast test by which a barium sulfate contrast is administered orally. The patient must take the test with 8 hours of fasting. It is usually done first thing in the morning and its estimated duration is between 20 and 30 minutes.

Opaque enema

This is a fast test during which a contrast of barium sulfate and air is administered rectally. The patient has to carry out an exhaustive prior-preparation that is given and explained at the time of requesting the appointment. It is usually done first thing in the morning and it approximately takes between 30 and 60 minutes.

Intestinal transit

A barium sulfate contrast is administered orally. The patient must come to the clinic having done 8 hours of fasting. The duration of the test depends on the intestinal transit of each patient, but it estimates on being between 2 and 4 hours.

Should I go to the clinic with any special preparation?

Some tests require special preparation at home, and this goes beyond the 8-hour fasting. In these cases, the patient is given an explanatory sheet that can also be downloaded from our website.

Can I drink water before the test?

It is recommended that the fast should be strict and from the previous night and that the patient is careful not to eat or drink water.

Can I eat after the test?

After the test the patient can eat without any restrictions. In order to encourage the elimination of contrast it is recommended to drink plenty of water throughout the day.

Can I have an allergic reaction?

Barium sulfate does not cause adverse reactions. The only feeling you can have is of lack of appetite or heaviness due to the intake of the contrast during the fasting.

In which case should I not have these tests?

In case of acute pathology, or if you think you may be pregnant. For any other questions, always consult our staff before taking the test.

Urinary system tests

Retrograde urethrocistography

This test is performed on both men and women. An amount of iodinated contrast and serum is introduced into the bladder using a probe. X-rays are performed in the different phases of the process, with full bladder and voiding. It is necessary to attend this test with 4 hours of fasting. Its approximate duration is between 30 and 60 minutes.

Retrograde urethrography

This test is only performed on men. A quantity of iodinated contrast is introduced through the urethra and a series of x-rays are performed on the patient in different positions. It is necessary to go to the test with 4 hours of fasting. Its approximate duration is between 30 and 45 minutes.

Intravenous urography

Iodized contrast is administered intravenously and then several x-rays are taken to observe its removal through the kidneys, bladder and urethra. The patient must come with 4 hours of fasting. Its approximate duration is 45 minutes.

Should I do any special preparation for this test?

When you book the appointment you will be duly informed on the preparation you must follow. For those tests that require special preparation at home, you will be given an explanatory sheet that can also be downloaded from our website.

Can I drink water before the test?

You can drink some water during fasting in order to hydrate.

Can I have any adverse reactions?

The iodinated contrast can cause an allergic reaction, so you will be duly informed before the test.

Can I make a normal life after the test?

Yes.

In what cases should I not have this test?

This test should not be taken might you have allergic reactions to iodine or if you previously had a similar test and have felt discomfort. Moreover, it is not recommended if you have any current infection of the urinary tract. If you think you may be pregnant, no radiological test should be performed.

Gynecological Tests

Hysterosalpingography

Iodinated contrast is introduced into the patient’s uterus through a special catheter, thus checking the condition of the cervix, uterine cavity and tubal permeability. The patient must come by having done 4 hours of fasting. Its approximate duration is between 30 and 45 minutes.

Can I get tested at any time?

No, this test must be performed between the 8th and 12th days of the menstrual cycle, and no intercourse shall be maintained from the first day of the cycle, to avoid a possible pregnancy.

Can I drink water before the test?

Yes, you can drink water during fasting in order to hydrate.

In which cases should I not have this test?

You should not have this test if you have any genital tract infection, if you are allergic to iodine or if you think you might be pregnant.

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