Diagnostic Imaging

Radiology services at Adam Vital Hospital provide a comprehensive range of radiology imaging tests for the diagnosis, management and prevention of a wide variety of diseases.

At Adam Vital Hospital we value our patients’ experience and safety more than anything else, also, during radiology related procedures.


X-rays are a kind of electromagnetic radiation, just similar to visible light. In a health care environment, a machine transfers individual X-ray particles, named photons. These particles crawl through the human body. A computer or special film is used to capture the images that are created in the process. Structures that are solid (such as bone) will obstruct the X-ray particles making those solid structures appear white. Metal and contrast mechanisms (special dye are utilised to highlight regions of the body) will also appear in white. Structures comprising air will be black. Muscle, fat, and fluid will appear as variations of grey.

An X-ray may be used for


Fractures, infections, arthritis, teeth infection and decay, osteoporosis, bone cancer and others.


Lung infections, enlarged heart, lung cancer, others.


Digestive tract abnormalities, radiopaque items (items accidentally swallowed, visible on X-ray), other.

At Adam Vital Hospital, our X-ray facility is well equipped and can capture the full image of the various parts of the body, while also providing accurate measurements of any defects found.

How to prepare :

Remove all clothing and jewellery that may interfere with the x-ray image.

Remain still and hold your breath to avoid blurring of the image.

Follow the instructions given by the doctor before the examination

Wear the gown, provided by the hospital, to cover yourself, depending on the area being examined.

Use restraints or other techniques to keep the child still to prevent blurring of the image and to prevent the child from being exposed to radiation.

When to avoid or be cautious

An x-ray is generally not recommended for a pregnant woman, as it may cause harm to the unborn child.

Take care while conducting an x-ray procedure on a young


Our state-of-the-art ultrasound scanners are available for imaging and non-invasive monitoring of the abdomen, with sophisticated image fusion capability to aid accurately guided procedures.

Our ultrasound suite provides leading edge technology: a Canon Aplio I 600 – with a unique feature, the I-Beam Architecture and colour doppler systems with lightweight probes. A first of its kind in the GCC, High resolution hockey-stick probe, provides superior quality images of the smallest parts of the body, particularly so, for high resolution image evaluation of the musculoskeletal system (tendons, ligaments and muscles).

How to prepare :

Any preparation required may depend upon which area of your body needs to be examined.

Abdominal examination

Avoid eating and drinking for up to six (6) hours before the test.

Pelvic ultrasound

Drink lots of water and do not urinate before the scan is performed as this allows for better visualisation, particularly, of the uterus, ovaries, or the prostate.

When to avoid or be cautious :

An ultrasound scan is generally safe with no specific indications requiring avoidance or deserving specific caution.

Dexa Scan

A Dexa Scan also known as a bone mineral density (BMD) examination gauges how much calcium and other types of minerals are present in the region of your bone. This test assists your health care provider to identify osteoporosis and foretell your risk of bone fractures.

How to Prepare for the Test?

If the patient is pregnant, inform your health care provider before this test is done.

When is DEXA Scan recommended by the health care professional?

To diagnose bone loss and osteoporosis

To see how well osteoporosis medicine is working

To predict your risk of future bone fractures

Women under age 65 and men ages 50 to 70 are at increased risk of osteoporosis if they have:

Chronic rheumatoid arthritis

Chronic kidney disease

Eating disorders

Early menopause (either from natural causes or surgery)

History of hormone treatment for prostate cancer or breast cancer

Strong family history of osteoporosis

Taking thyroid hormone replacement

Three or more drinks of alcohol a day on most days

Current practice recommends DEXA Scan retesting every 1 or 2 years.

CT Scan

A CT Scan (computed tomography scan) is a test that uses a series of x-rays to create images of the bones and soft tissue in the body. The images can be viewed from different angles and this provides more detailed information when compared with normal x-rays.

The CT Scan at Adam Vital Hospital is supported by a dose reduction technique known as Adaptive Iterative Dose Reduction (AIDR) which minimises the number of radiation patients can be exposed to.

Our CT scanner is capable of covering large anatomic areas in split seconds. It also supports advanced applications like CT angiography, perfusion imaging and bone mineral density measurement.

Advantages of CT Scan:

Recognises injuries and damages to the lungs, heart and vessels, liver, spleen, kidneys, bowel or different other internal organs in cases of trauma.

Stage, plan and accurately conduct radiation treatments for tumours as well as monitor response to chemotherapy.

Measure bone mineral density for the discovery of osteoporosis.

It is a leading, best and fastest tools for examining the chest, abdomen and pelvis as it provides accurate, cross-sectional aspects of all kinds of tissue.

Valuable in diagnosing and treating spinal problems, injuries and damages to the hands, feet and other skeletal structures because it can definitely reveal even very small bones as well as surrounding tissues such as muscle and blood vessels

How to prepare :

Remove any jewellery that you are wearing because it may interfere with the test results.

Avoid eating anything for four (4) to six (6) hours before the test.

In the case of infants or toddlers, the doctor may inject a sedative to keep the child calm and still because any movement may result in blurred images.

When to avoid or be cautious :

Avoid the test if you are pregnant.

Inform your doctor if you have had a previous allergic reaction to contrast materials.

Inform your doctor if you are on Metformin (Glucophage) for diabetes.


Adam Vital Hospital is among the first in the UAE to have a 1.5 Tesla low-noise MRI; a fully digital system for MRI scanning that provides exceptional image quality and details to facilitate accurate diagnosis in musculoskeletal, neuro, cardiac and body imaging. The system, which considerably increases the MR angiographic potential, has unique high resolution, low noise, and wide bore MRI capabilities.

How to prepare :

Eat and take your medication as per your regular schedule.

Remove any jewellery and put on the gown provided by the hospital.

Remove any removable dentures, hearing aid, watch or eyeglasses before the test.

When to avoid or be cautious :

Consult your doctor if you are pregnant, because the effect of magnetic waves on the baby is not well understood.

Consult your doctor if you suffer from any kidney or liver diseases, as they may limit the use of injected contrast agents during the test.

Consult the doctor if you have any metal or electronic devices in your body that may interfere with the test such as: artificial heart valves, cardiac pacemaker, any implants and metallic prosthesis.