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.
“The movement is towards using digital technology to see more detail… to integrate imaging into every area of medicine, quantifying more data, adding more sources and combining modalities that were once disparate. I think the possibilities for imaging are boundless, to be honest. I can’t conceive of a time when we decide that we cannot possibly make improvements, find more information, and do it better, more accurately, and faster – all for the benefit of the patient.” – Prof. Celso Matos, Chair of the Imaging Department at the CCC
Imaging is a highly complex and technological area which includes:
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – a powerful magnet and radio waves are used to obtain information on the structure and anatomical composition of the organs in the human body, including the central nervous system.
CAT (CT) – produces bi- or tri-dimensional 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 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.
“The advantages of minimally invasive procedures are many: less complications, less time in recovery, less scarring, less pain, less blood-loss… In many cases Chemotherapy, Interventional Oncology, Radiotherapy, amongst other treatments, can be used to “downstage” patients: to reduce the burden of the disease, perhaps creating conditions for the surgeons to find a curative intervention.” – Dr. Luís Rosa, Coordinator of the Radiology Department at the CCC
Mammography and breast ultrasound – radiology and ultrasound modalities specifically adapted for breast pathology.
Osteodensitometry – emits low dose x-rays to allow for evaluation of the mineral content of bone tissue. 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.
Our Radiology doctors
Maria Antónia Vasconcelos