Planning in Imaging Department
Imaging department in a hospital as a standalone center can be used as a distinct business as it is a big profit center. Apart of that providing routine and specialized diagnostic service with imaging techniques for indoor, outpatient and walk-in patient it also provides therapeutic services like radio therapy, nuclear medicine as well as interventional radiography. This act as big source of revenue generation for a hospital or an alone center with High profitability The location of the individual modality should be pre-planned. The room layout plan should indicate the electric supply points, data points, door dimensions for safe patient entry into the room, location of medical gases outlets, air conditioning with high efficiency particulate air filters and so on.

The first crucial step to determine is whether a proposed project is necessary doing a cost- benefit analysis and determining it the return on the speculation will be positive are important for a project success good planning and communication with key staff member of health care institution and the members of the design and construction team will help ensure successful implementation of any project

Radiology department can have diagnostic as well as therapeutic function various function that fall under each category are given below: -
    • Radio therapy
    • Intervention radiography x-ray record Film and chemical storage, etc.
    • Nuclear medicine


    1 Routine x-ray studies
    (a) Plain - e.g. chest, spine, etc.
    (b) Routine fluoroscopic procedure -e.g. Angiography Myelography

    2 Routine ultrasound studied
    (a) Ultrasonography -e.g. abdomen, pelvis
    (b) Doppler studies peripheral (B/W and color) e.g. 2D echo, vascular studies, etc.

    3 Special imaging techniques
    (a) CT-scan (computerized Axial tomography)
    (b) MRI (magnetic resonance imaging)
    (c) DSA (Digital subtraction angiography)

WHO World Health Organization (1988) has three categories: -
  • General radiography, general ultrasound, general fluoroscopy, conventional tomography
  • as level 1, plus Doppler ultrasound, angiography, mammography, CT
  • as level 2, with more sophisticated techniques, plus MRI