Specialised imaging services

Endorectal ultrasound with 3D reconstruction

This technique uses a special probe which is capable of examining the individual layers of the bowel wall in great detail. When a polyp transforms into cancer, it means that the abnormal cells now burrow deeper, i.e. exhibit signs of invasion. The deeper the burrowing, i.e. through the layers of the bowel, the higher the T (tumour) stage. Through 3D reconstruction capabilities in endorectal ultrasound, patients benefit from a shorter examination time and hence increased comfort. At the same time, visualization of the tumour in several dimensions allows for a more accurate staging of the tumour by our surgeons. By accurately identifying early tumours, we may be able to select appropriate patients for local treatment instead of large bowel resection surgery.

Endoanal ultrasound with 3D reconstruction

An endoanal ultrasound examination is performed using special probes inserted into the anus. This has the advantage of examining the tissues around the anus more closely. 2D examination is now supplanted by a sophisticated machine which combines 200 or more serial 2D images into a 3D volume image, allowing more precise visualization of the anus and any disease around it, e.g. fistula tract. When we can see better, we can plan and treat it better!

Dynamic MRI defaecography

Dynamic MRI defaecography is an imaging examination that doctors use to look at problems in the structure of the pelvic floor or problems with how these muscles are working when you move your bowels. In addition to MRI images of the pelvic floor, rectum and sphincter, images are taken during squeezing, straining and defaecation. It is an important test to investigate for the cause of chronic constipation.

Colonic transit marker studies

The colonic transit marker study is a motility (movement) study of your colon. The purpose of this study is to check if the movement of faeces (stool) through your colon is normal or slow and assess the function of your bowel. This will help your doctor to decide on appropriate treatment for your constipation.