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Dr. Suzanne Abbas Mohammed

Welcome to the Web site for the Radiology Department at SMC. This brief guide of radiology services is intended to assist you in your daily work and acquaint you with the procedures that can be done in our department. The Department encourages the personal and career developments of its medical and radiography staff.

We believe in easy access to quality medical information. We feel that providing this kind of information will help MOH staff to make better decisions regarding their patients and any necessary medical diagnostic examinations. To aid in this process, we are happy to provide this information below. The Radiology Department at SMC provides consultant-led and high quality imaging services. A full range of radiological procedures is provided at the hospital including ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, Multi-detector Computed Tomography (MDCT scan), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), plain radiography, vascular, BMD, OT, Mobile, fluoroscopy, copy of medical imaging, etc.

We also provide services to most of the general practitioners although, for the more expensive resources such as MRI, direct referral from a consultant is required.

We shall be glad to hear your suggestions so that we can improve our homepage as well as our patient services.


Mr. Mahdi Hassan Al Kalaiti
Chief Radiologic Technologist
MSc in Medical Imaging

Principal Functions and introduction about radiology dept.:

The Radiology department provides all its services to outpatients from 7 am to 2 pm on week days (Sunday to Thursday) and 24 hour 7 day week (round the clock services) for inpatients and for patients from Accident & Emergency department.

Private service in SMC is called Limited Private Practice (LLP)

Private patient services are also provided on appointment between 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm on week days (Sunday to Thursday) for following examinations ultrasound and special procedures such as Barium studies, urology studies such IVP, cystogram examination and HSG. Other examination appointment done in the morning time from 7 am to 2 pm on week days (Sunday to Thursday) such as for CT, MRI, NM, mammography and BMD.

Plain radiography examinations for private patient done at 4:30 pm to 7:30pm (Sunday to Thursday).

Special procedures usually now day done on Friday morning 8 am to 12 pm.

Other examination usually done between 2 pm to 5 pm (Sunday to Thursday) such for CT, MRI, NM, US and HSG.

Some private examinations are done in morning duty at 7 am to 2 pm on week days (Sunday to Thursday) such as BMD and mammography.

Radiology department service specialises in the use of imaging for the diagnosis and the interventional treatment of a wide range of conditions. The service is the largest medical imaging facilities in the Kingdom of Bahrain. It is exceptionally well equipped and has a wide range of renowned specialist covering almost all the major fields in diagnostic imaging.

The service offers the full range of imaging procedures.

We see patients from all the SMC departments, clinics for out-patient, in-patient wards and from the accident & emergency department. In-patient cases for plain radiography usually done in afternoon after 2 pm. We also see many specialised referrals from other hospitals and clinics across the Kingdom but these cases will be considered as private patients and it will be done after working hours usually after 2 pm or at 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm for plain radiography examination such as chest x-ray, abdomen, extremities, OPG and etc.

The radiology team consists of 12 consultant radiologists, 25 resident radiologists, 54 radiographers (Diploma in diagnostic Radiography), 9 radiologic technologists (BSc and MSc degree in diagnostic radiography and NM), 1 medical physicist (MSc in medical physicist), 4 radiology nurses (Diploma in general nursing and BSc in nursing), 7 medical services aids, 10 medical secretaries (Diploma in medical secretaries), 13 clerical staff and 2 messengers are provided by General Services Department.

We are a teaching department because the SMC is a teaching hospital we are committed to providing state of the art imaging with constantly evolving techniques. This enables us to offer a high quality level of patient care and service.

Available Services in SMC Radiology Dept.:

  • Accident & Emergency (A/E) radiography unit (We have two x-ray units in A/E).
  • General plain radiography such as chest x-ray, abdomen,   extremities & etc. (We have four x-ray units one of them is specials' for skull examinations and one of them is digital radiography (DR).
  • Fluoroscopy imaging and Special Procedures such as Barium studies, Hysterosalpingography (HSG), Sialography, Dacryocystography (DCG), Intravenous Urography (IVU), Micturating Cystourography (MCUG), Retrogarde Urethrography (RGU) etc. (We have two fluoroscopy units one of them is stat of art).
  • CT scanning unit (We have two CT scanners one of them 16 MDCT).
  • MRI scanning unit (We have two MRI units one is 1 Tesla and 2nd one is open magnet and it is 0.35 Tesla).
  • Angiography, Neuro-angiography services, Vascular and non vascular imaging & Intervention unit e.g. stent implantation (We have two units one of them is Bio-plan unit).
  • Ultrasound (US) unit including general, obstetric,  gynaecological and Doppler studies (We have six big rang US units and 4 mobile units).  
  • Nuclear Medicine (NM) unit (We have to gamma cameras one single head and 2nd dual head camera camera).
  • Paediatric imaging (We have one paediatric consultant radiologist).
  • Mammography unit (We have one mammography system).
  • Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) (We have one BMD system).
  • Portable X-ray examinations, Operation Theatre x-ray procedures, Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiography and Pancreatography (ERCP) in endoscopy department and Extracorpreal Shock Wave Lithotripsy (ESWL).
  • Thermoluminescent Dosimeter (TLD) services ( We have two TLD systems and this services in only available in SMC in the Kingdom of Bahrain.


All the SMC radiology department are located in the ground floor except the one CT scan it is available in north SMC block building.

Making an appointment in diagnostic imaging service:

An appointment is normally required for all services except for general x-ray which is available on demand from 7 am to 2 pm from Sunday to Thursday at the SMC. For general x-ray we do advise that patients arrive between 7 am to 1pm when it is more likely they will be seen immediately. =

We cannot accept appointments over the telephone as we require specific written information in order to give you the correct preparation information/medication. This information is included with the appointment slip and examination instruction and preparation sheet.

Cancellation & contact telephone number in Radiology Dept.:

If you are unable to make an appointment, please let us know. This reduces waiting time for other patients.

Radiology appointment line: (Sunday–Thursday 7am–2pm)

Tel. 17284005 -17284000 – 17284027 - 17285537

If you have any other enquiry:

Chairman office: Tel. 17284008 Sun.– Thu. 7am–2pm Fax 17284030

Chief Radiologic Technologist: Tel. 17285541 Sun.– Thu. 7am–2pm Fax 17285540

CT Scan: 17284010 (on call service)

MRI: 17284014 (on call service)

Appointment for CT & MRI 17284018 Sun.– Thu. 7am–2pm

NM: 17284017 (on call service)

Old reception office: 17285538 Sun.– Thu. 7am–2pm

Main reception office: 17284000/17284027 Sun.– Thu. 7am–2pm

Main appointment office: 1784005 Sun.– Thu. 7am–2pm

Emergency section: Tel. 17284084 24 hours Fax 17284121

Patient information:

There is an informative and interactive website provided by the SMC radiology where different procedures and examinations performed in our department are explained in both languages Arabic and English.

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