The Hong Kong Integrated Imaging and Endoscopy Diagnostic Centre (HKIEC) provides a wide spectrum of medical screening, endoscopy, imaging/diagnostic and interventional services. By offering state-of-the-art equipment and the best expertise, we want to ensure our clients have the necessary measures to prevent illnesses and disease, and are able to receive prompt treatment and cure through early detection.
We aim to provide you with the best possible service to care for your health. To achieve this, we’ve set optimal standards to ensure timely, reliable and accurate diagnostics through continuous upgrades that keep up with the forefront of medical imaging technologies. These include Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography (PET-CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Trimodality PET/CT-MRI, Computed Tomography (CT), Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA), 3D Mammography/Tomosynthesis, Ultrasound, X-Ray and etc. Some of these have the distinction of being at the forefront of international technology in Hong Kong. They allow us to deliver high quality, fast, reliable and the most accurate diagnostic services possible.
Hong Kong Integrated Oncology Centre provides integral cancer care across disciplines. Our practice of “Total Cancer Care” is distinctive, and this is exemplified through our all-encompassing range of services – from cancer prevention, screening, endoscopy, imaging and diagnosis to multidisciplinary treatment, all of which can enhance the chances of treatment, survival and a better quality of life.
To ensure timely and personalised care, our team of specialists, nurses, radiologists and technicians are well trained to ensure that your every visit is comfortable and satisfactory with guaranteed privacy.
- Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography Download Brochure (Chinese Version Only)
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Download Brochure (Chinese Version Only)
- Trimodality PET/CT-MRI
- Computed Tomography (CT) Download Brochure (Chinese Version Only)
- Interventional Radiology and Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)
- 3D Mammography Download Brochure (Chinese Version Only)
- Blood Tests
Knowledge on Diagnostic Services
- Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography (PET-CT)
PET scan uses radioactive tracers that locate abnormal functioning spots in an organ. It checks important body functions such as blood flow, oxygen use, and sugar metabolism of internal organs. PET-CT is an imaging technique that co-registers images obtained in a PET scan and a CT scan in one exam setting. Through this, functional imaging obtained by PET, which shows the position of metabolic or biochemical activity in the body, can be precisely aligned with the anatomic images obtained by a CT scan. This technology uses 3D colour images to see how a particular part of the patient’s body is functioning and is often used to complement X-rays or MRI to provide more insights into a condition. PET-CT is often used to analyse the effectiveness of ongoing treatments. PET is often used to investigate Epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and heart disease.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
MRI uses magnetic field and radio waves for diagnosis of diseases. This technology provides significant details and is particularly useful for imaging the brain, spine, spinal cord, prostate, heart, muscles, joints, abdominal organs, breasts and blood vessels. MRI helps the patient and referring doctor with prompt diagnosis and monitoring of multiple diseases including heart disease, stroke and musculoskeletal problems. MRI is also commonly used for patients with musculoskeletal injuries through sports or accidents. For patients with cancer, MRI is used to diagnose, stage and monitor the progress of disease pre and post treatment.
- Computed Tomography (CT)
This technology is an advanced method of X-Ray that is capable of scanning the entire body by producing hundreds of cross sectional images and reformatted with remarkable details. It is usually recommended for patients who are heavy smokers and those displaying signs of infection, inflammation or cancer. Patients with abdominal pain, traumatic pain or who have suffered a stroke are usually advised to undergo a CT scan. It is also suitable for patients with suspected coronary artery diseases or cardiac function abnormalities. Modern CT systems employ dual energy scanning techniques that produce better angiographic images with lower volume of contrast medium. The spectral imaging available through these modern systems are able to differentiate components of lesions such as gout, kidney stones, thyroid nodules, and which helps in choosing the right treatment plan. CT colonography minimises the need for traditional colonoscopy, a process that requires the invasive insertion of endoscopes. The CT Scan radiation dose to patients can be largely reduced by employing advanced technologies.
- Interventional Radiology and Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)
This fast-evolving branch of radiology has many advantages over conventional surgical operations. It involves the use of a DSA machine to perform minimal invasive procedures that allows patients to recover faster with no or little scar, reduced pain and lower cost. One example is the treatment of an abscess in the liver. A small size catheter is inserted in the abscess cavity without an operation. The catheter is removed within days once the abscess has resolved. Another common example is vascular interventional radiology like embolisation to stop bleeding, or to treat tumours like liver cancer.
- 3D Mammography
This is currently the latest technology for breast cancer imaging and screening, and has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), indicating that it is a safe, accurate and effective breast imaging tool. The radiation dose remains low and has been approved for breast cancer screening purpose in many Western countries. When compared with conventional 2D mammography, 3D mammography allows multiple 1mm-thin-slice evaluation of the breast tissues. It eliminates the superimposed tissues that occur in 2D mammography, and therefore allows for better visualisation of the tumor and its extent. 3D mammography reduces the amount of additional spot views and the radiation dose from the extra views in clarification of an abnormality. There is also a reduction of compression force during mammography, which significantly improves the patient’s comfort and experience during breast imaging. Cancer detection rate and diagnostic accuracy are much improved by this new emerging imaging technique. Therefore, it has potential to become the dominant breast imaging tool within the near future.
Also referred to as Sonogram, Diagnostic Sonography or Ultrasonography, this method is used to check the condition of organs inside the body – for example to detect problems in the liver, heart, kidney or abdomen. It is used for both diagnosis and treatment. Surgeons and radiologists use ultrasound to carry out biopsies, and obstetricians use this method to check the condition of the baby in the womb. The use of sound waves without radiation is safer.
This method involves an electromagnetic radiation with a very short wavelength. It’s popular for its ability to image the human body, for example the lungs and bones. It cannot be seen with the naked eye. X-Rays are commonly used in detecting respiratory diseases and fractures, and have also been used in minimal invasive surgery and interventional radiology.
Frequently Asked Questions
Positron Emission Tomography–Computed Tomography (PET-CT)
Q: Why is PET required in addition to X-Rays and an MRI?
A: A PET scan could provide further insights into a condition. One major application is for staging of cancer before and after the treatment.
Q: Are PET scans painful?
A: No, PET scans are not painful.
Q: Are there any precautions for pregnant women?
A: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, you shouldn’t take a PET scan as it may pose potential risks for the baby.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Q: How long does an MRI take?
A: It will last between 30 – 45 minutes.
Q: What should I do to prepare for an MRI?
A: You don’t need to prepare for the scan. Avoid wearing jewellery or other accessories, or you’ll be asked to remove them. Prepare to change into a gown and remove all personal belongings. If you are claustrophobic, make sure you discuss with your physician or technician prior to accepting their recommendation for an MRI.
Computed Tomography (CT)
Q: Can someone with allergies have a CT Scan?
A: You are advised to communicate with your doctor about your history with allergies. You should tell the doctor about your medications, food allergies and any history of asthma, urticarial, eczema or allergic rhinitis prior to a CT scan.
Q: What will the procedure involve?
A: You will be asked to lie down and hold your breath. The entire procedure will take about 10 to 15 minutes. In more complicated tests, you may be asked to drink an oral contrast one to two hours before the scan.
Interventional Radiology and Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA)
Q: What should I do to prepare for this procedure?
A: Most patients are admitted prior to the operation to check for blood clotting. For patients with allergies requiring intravenous contrast, their history will be analysed and assessed. You be asked to abstain from eating four hours prior to the procedure.
Q: Will there be anesthesia?
A: Local anesthesia will be injected at the puncture site. Analgesia will also be administered, if necessary, during and after the procedure. In certain cases, monitored anesthesia care (MAC) will be needed.
Q: Can I go home immediately after?
A: Most patients are required to stay for a brief period for observation, follow-up wound or catheter care.
Q: What does mammography involve?
A: This procedure uses multiple low dose X-ray projections from a range of angles of the breast. The computer then calculates and reconstructs multiple images of 1mm thickness of the breast tissues. This allows for a better visualisation and early detection of breast cancer. You will be asked to undress to the waist and remove all your personal belongings, and change into an X-Ray robe. The whole procedure will usually take no more than 30 minutes.
Q: Who should have a mammogram screening?
A: This is usually recommended for women aged 40 or above, but earlier screening can be considered for those in the high risk group, such as those with family history of breast cancer or with genetic tendency.
Q: How often should a mammogram be done?
A: Usually once a year but for those with a family history and cancer-prone tissues, more frequent tests are recommended to monitor development.
Q: What should I do to prepare for a mammogram?
A: Avoid using perfumes, creams, deodorants, essential oils, scents, bath powder or oils or anything of a lathery nature for your scheduled visit.
Q: How is ultrasound different from other technologies?
A: Ultrasound is safe. It uses high frequency sound waves instead of radiation.
Q: Is ultrasound painful?
A: Ultrasound is usually painless but for women, there could be discomfort in the uterus when ultrasound is used to check the reproductive system.
Q: Is X-Ray safe for everyone?
A: Generally yes, but extra precautions must be raised for women of childbearing age. Twenty-eight days from the beginning of the last menstrual period is considered safe. A 10-day rule applies to procedures that involve irradiation of the genitals.
Q: Why is X-Ray still useful when there are more advanced technologies used?
A: X-Rays provide rapid imaging findings with very low dose of irradiation. It is especially useful for assessing lung conditions, fracture, bone alignment, and the presence of metallic foreign bodies. It is more readily available and accessible.
Prepare for Your First Visit
We look forward to assisting you with an individualised treatment plan. Our specialists will be able to devise a plan for you after a thorough assessment. For an appointment, please contact us to help you to schedule a time and date.
You can help us understand your condition better by preparing the following documents:
• MRI, Ultrasound, X-Ray, CT Scan, Nuclear Medicine Films and Reports
• Medical History and Reports
• Records, Slides, Reports on Original Pathology
• Health and Insurance Cards
• Tumour Marker Reports
• Complete Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy Reports
• To-Date Laboratory Tests and Reports
• Medical Progress Notes
• Current Medications and Supplements
• Allergy Tests and Reports
• Other documents and evidence relevant to your condition