The Champalimaud Clinical Centre offers a full range of diagnostic tools and interventional radiology procedures. Imaging methods are currently an essential instrument in the characterisation and staging of disease as well as in the evaluation of treatment.
Imaging is a highly complex and technological area which include:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - MRI uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to obtain information on the structure and anatomical composition of the organs in the human body, including the central nervous system.
CAT (CT) - CAT is designed to produce bi or tridimensional images of the human body, following computerised treatment of the information obtained from an x-ray beam by a set of rotating (360º), high precision detectors. These detectors reconstruct reconstruct the received information in order to form images in different planes and orientations.
Interventional Radiology - Consists of minimally invasive procedures, guided by the images obtained from the different radiological techniques. These processes, carried out by radiologists specifically trained in this area, include diagnostic procedures such as guided biopsies, and targeted treatments such as the destruction of tumours or the administration of pharmaceuticals in the arteries supplying a tumour. This clinical application requires a high degree of specialisation and can in certain cases replace complex surgical acts.
Mammography and breast ultrasound - These are radiology and ultrasound modalities which are specifically adapted breast pathology.
Osteodensitometry - Allows the evaluation of the mineral content of bone tissue – for screening of osteoporosis – by means of the emission of low dose x-rays. It is a useful technique not only for the study of osteoporosis but also for the evaluation of the effects on the bone structure of different treatment modalities.
Ultrasound - Based on technology which is able to produce images of organs such as the liver, kidneys and musculoskeletal system.
Conventional radiology - Designed to obtain images of the skeleton or lungs by the direct detection of x-ray beams.