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For your physician to make the best diagnosis and recommend your best course of treatment, he or she needs to count on having the latest diagnostic tools available – especially sophisticated imaging that reveals potential problems.

Medanta Africare provides advanced diagnostic imaging services with board-certified physicians, certified technologists and service-oriented staff who help your physician help you make the best medical decisions. We also offer some imaging-supported interventional procedures to treat vascular conditions.

To provide you with quality imaging solutions, we offer;

3 Tesla MRI

MRI exams are performed for neurological, abdominal, musculoskeletal, vascular, and breast imaging in the Hospital's state-of-the-art Radiology department. Our Radiology department is one of the few imaging centers in the country offering the new Siemens 3T Magnetom Trio. Employing sophisticated technology that has previously been confined to research facilities, the 3T Magnetom Trio is setting the new standard in medical imaging.

Tesla (T) is the unit of measurement quantifying the strength of a magnetic field. Prior to the 3 Tesla Machine, the high-field standard was 1.5 Tesla. Our scanner generates a magnetic field that is twice the strength of 1.5 Tesla machines and 10 to 15 times the strength of low field or open MRI scanners. The magnetic field produced by our 3T Magnetom Trio MRI System yields exceptional anatomic detail. Thus, if a picture is worth a thousand words, the 3 Tesla MRI is an encyclopedia. The increased image clarity revealed by 3T is particularly beneficial for pathological conditions involving the brain, spine, and musculoskeletal system.

The benefits of the 3T scanner are not confined to Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The increased spatial resolution of the 3T scanner allows for high-quality vascular imaging. Thus, 3 Tesla MR Angiogram studies may often supplant the need for invasive interventional catheter studies.

The 3T Magnetom Trio is extremely efficient. Utilizing shorter scan times, the 3T machine maximizes patient comfort without compromising quality. The superb reliability of high-field MRI allows our board-certified radiologists to differentiate between benign and potentially hazardous medical conditions with confidence. This allows your health-care team to provide you with earlier diagnosis and treatment, subsequently leading to more positive outcomes.

Don’t compromise your health with a lower strength magnet. Take advantage of the state-of-the-art technology and friendly atmosphere at our facility. Choose 3T Imaging.

Digital X-Ray

X-ray, a type of high-energy electromagnetic radiation, is often used for cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment. An X-ray uses electromagnetic radiation to make images. The image is recorded on a film, called a radiography. The images produced appear light or dark, depending on the absorption rates of the different tissues. For example, dense materials, such as bone, show up as white on a film, while fat and muscle appear as varying shades of gray.

An X-ray exam is fast and painless. In low doses, X-rays can be used to construct images of structures inside the body to detect and stage a tumor. In higher doses X-rays can be used in radiation therapy to help destroy cancerous cells in the body.

The advantages of capturing and storing X-Ray Images digitally rather than on film are overwhelming. Digital x-ray imaging has many advantages:

The images can be stored in a very compact manner without risk of loss or deterioration in quality.

The images can be easily enlarged and "suspicious" areas of an image can be more easily studied. The images can be easily retrieved, and can be transmitted electronically to an expert or to another medical practitioner in the same hospital or to an insurance company for reimbursement purposes.

256 slice computed tomography (CT) scanner

Medanta Africare offers latest state-of-the-art diagnosis, by using 256 Slice CT, one of the latest technological advancements in the field of medical diagnosis. This is an innovative non-invasive imaging technique that is specifically used for all kinds of heart diseases and disorders, to obtain a complete 3-Dimensional visual representation of the heart and other organs, in less than 5 seconds.

How is the technology unique?

  • The 256 slice CT scan produces significantly better quality images resulting in better patient care through better diagnosis
  • Dual Source technology is the key to accelerating CT imaging. The combination of two sources, a high table feed, ultra-fast data transmission, and a gantry that can perform a full rotation in 0.28 seconds makes the 256 slice CT at Medanta truly unrivalled when it comes to scanning speed.
  • It allows Medanta radiologists to scan patients with arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeats because the 256-CT can acquire a full image in the time it takes for just one beat, whereas the 64-CT takes longer, as much as six or eight heartbeats which can lead to distortions in the composite scanned image
  • The innovative technology in this advanced machinery allows the experts at Medanta to view your heart and other organs from any angle because it sends multiple narrow beams through the human body.
  • The device also keeps rotating, to obtain data from different viewpoints.
  • The embedded detector can pick up varying densities of the organs and sends this data to a computer.
  • This computer processes several images to produce a slice of your organ being diagnosed.
  • The repetition of the process can be done to obtain many cross-sectional images for diagnosis of pinch points.

How does it help?

With this technology, the specialists at Medanta Africare can view the anatomy of your heart, aorta, pulmonary veins and coronary arteries to look out for plaques and blockages that may otherwise go unnoticed when traditional methods like X-Rays are used. At Medanta Africare we are able to use the 256-CT to provide a patient’s calcium score, to detect hardening of the arteries, along with blood-flow data and strength of the pulse and heartbeat.  This investigation (CT-angiography) allows Medanta Africare doctors to ensure patients who do not show any signs of disease in the CT images do not undergo unnecessary invasive procedures such as coronary angiographies.


  • Reduced scan time by scanning at flash speed and allowing for image capturing without worrying about holding breath or movement or heart rate
  • Low dose radiation exposure because of dual source technology and stellar detectors. This allows diagnostic tests like CT angiography to be done with radiation dose equivalent to only 3 chest x rays
  • More accurate diagnosis because of better quality of images and dual source, dual energy scans producing 2 data sets for every scan
  • Complete elimination of superimposition of images of structures outside the area of examination
  • High-contrast resolution allowing doctors to easily identify differences between tissues that differ in physical density


The benefits of having a CT scan to help diagnose a medical condition, or to check the symptoms of an existing condition, usually outweigh the risks, however, some of the potential risks are:

  • Exposure to radiation

    During a CT scan, you're briefly exposed to more radiation than you would be during a plain X-ray. However, Medanta Africare’s 256 multi‐slice scanner techniques expose you to the least possible radiations.

  • Harm to unborn babies (pregnant ladies)

    Make sure you inform your doctor if you're pregnant so that he is able to recommend a different examination such as ultrasound or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), to avoid the risk of exposing your fetus to the radiation.

  • Reactions to contrast material

    In certain cases, your doctor may recommend a special dye called a contrast material inserted through a vein in your arm before your CT scan. Although rare, the contrast material can cause medical problems or allergic reactions. Most reactions are mild and result in a rash or itchiness. If you experience any non-subsiding allergic reaction inform your doctor immediately.


We use mammography to detect tumors and abnormal tissue in the breast. This X-ray exam of the breast generates pictures of the breast tissue, and can detect and evaluate breast changes. A mammogram can also locate tumors that are too small or too deep to be found by breast examination. Once a lump is discovered, mammography can be key in evaluating the lump to determine if it is cancerous. If a breast abnormality is found or confirmed with mammography, additional breast imaging tests such as ultrasound ( sonography ) or a breast biopsy may be performed. A biopsy involves taking a sample(s) of breast tissue and examining it under a microscope to determine whether it contains cancer cells. Many times, mammography or ultrasound is used to help the radiologist or surgeon guide the needle to the correct area in the breast during biopsy.

DEXA Bone Densitometry

DEXA bone densitometry is most often used to diagnose osteoporosis, a condition that often affects women after menopause but may also be found in men. Osteoporosis involves a gradual loss of calcium, causing the bones to become thinner, more fragile and more likely to break. The DEXA test can also assess your risk for developing fractures. If your bone density is found to be low, you and your physician can work together on a treatment plan to help prevent fractures before they occur. DEXA is also effective in tracking the effects of treatment for osteoporosis or for other conditions that cause bone loss. Bone density testing is strongly recommended if you:

  • Are you a post-menopausal woman and not taking estrogen.
  • Have a personal or maternal history of hip fracture or smoking.
  • Are a post-menopausal woman who is tall (over 5 feet 7 inches) or thin (less than 125 pounds).
  • Are a man with clinical conditions associated with bone loss.
  • Use medications that are known to cause bone loss, including corticosteroids such as Prednisone, various anti-seizure medications such as Dilantin and certain barbiturates, or high-dose thyroid replacement drugs.
  • Have type 1 (formerly called juvenile or insulin-dependent) diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease or a family history of osteoporosis.
  • Have high bone turnover, which shows up in the form of excessive collagen in urine samples.
  • Have a thyroid condition, such as hyperthyroidism.
  • Have experienced a fracture after only mild trauma.
  • Have had x-ray evidence of vertebral fracture or other signs of osteoporosis.

Dexa Bone Densitometry

DEXA bone densitometry is performed to assess the bone mineral density in specific target areas or the whole body and is especially useful in post-menopausal women and older people.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a metabolic disease affecting the skeleton, which causes a reduction in the amount of bony tissue. Bones are weakened as these tissues are reabsorbed or taken up by local cells. At the core, bones become less dense, on the perimeter, cortical bones lose thickness. Complications from osteoporosis arise as bones become thinner, more porous and susceptible to fractures.

Types of Osteoporpsis:

Type I or Post – Menopausal Osteoporosis Usually occurs in women menopause. At this time the ovaries produce less estrogen, a female sex hormone. In the absence of estrogen, bone reabsorption decreases, dropping overall bone mass below the maintenance density level, leading to a high risk of fractures.

Type II or Age Related Osteoporosis

Age Related Osteoporosis – Inflicts both women and men aged more 70 years. Older people have added risk of low bone mass because bone density peaks at the age of 35 and decreases gradually. The ability to absorb calcium from the intestine decreases, thus reducing the calcium inside the body. Also, older people are slightly Vit D deficient, leading to decreased calcium absorption from the intestine. Bone formation responds to physical stress and thus, less activity also decreases bone strength.

Effect of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis may go unnoticed if it is asymptomatic. Signs that there has been a reduction in bone mass include: Lower back pain. Loss of teeth and height over time often accompanied by a stooped posture. Minimal trauma fractures, i.e., fractures occurring without the application of significant force. As bone density decreases the risk of fracture increases.


Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (x-ray). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound imaging is usually a painless medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions. Ultrasound scanning can help in almost any domain of disease identification. It is useful in pregnancy, it can be done for the breast, lower abdomen, upper abdomen- liver, pancreas etc, heart, bones, joints, neck etc. Ultrasound is a valuable tool and in the right hands can clear out most doubts related to the diagnostic queries that we are faced with.

Conventional ultrasound displays the images in thin, flat sections of the body. Advancements in ultrasound technology include three-dimensional (3-D) ultrasound that formats the sound wave data into 3-D images. Four-dimensional (4-D) ultrasound is 3-D ultrasound in motion.

A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of an ultrasound examination. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck. There are three types of Doppler ultrasound: Color Doppler uses a computer to convert Doppler measurements into an array of colors to visualize the speed and direction of blood flow through a blood vessel.

Power Doppler is a newer technique that is more sensitive than color Doppler and capable of providing greater detail of blood flow, especially in vessels that are located inside organs. Power Doppler, however, does not help the radiologist determine the direction of flow, which may be important in some situations.

Spectral Doppler. Instead of displaying Doppler measurements visually, Spectral Doppler displays blood flow measurements graphically, in terms of the distance traveled per unit of time.

Consult with our experienced Radiologist

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