Consultant Profile

Dr Vikas Shah

Dr Vikas Shah BSc, MBBS, MRCP, FRCR
Practicing at:
Spire Leicester Hospital
  • Radiology
    • CT Scanning
    • Gastrointestinal radiology
    • Magnetic resonance imaging
    • Ultrasound
    • Urological radiology
Special clinical interests:

Colonic, small bowel and pelvic floor imaging; my areas of interest include:
- CT colonography
- Small bowel MRI and ultrasound
- Pelvic MRI to assess perianal fistula and problems with defaecation
- General body CT, MRI and ultrasound

Research interests:

With colleagues from Imperial College in London, Dr Shah has recently published an article on the use of radiology after bariatric (obesity) surgery. He is also involved with projects examining the role of new techniques in predicting the response of bowel cancer to chemotherapy and using MRI scans to predict which patients will have successful surgery for low rectal cancers. Dr Shah has presented his research work at multiple international conferences.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Consultant Radiologist, University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust

Year of first medical qualification:
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Royal College of Radiologists
British Institute of Radiology
British Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology
Radiology Society of North America

Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
0116 265 3038
Personal email address:
Background Information 
Professional profile:

Dr Shah’s practice focuses on using the most modern and up-to-date techniques to assist his surgical and medical colleagues in the treatment of patients with colon polyps and cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, anal fistulae, abdominal pain, incontinence and constipation.

Dr Shah trained in radiology in London, at Charing Cross, Hammersmith and St Mary’s Hospitals and also received training in CT colonography and imaging for incontinence and constipation at St Mark’s Hospital, an international centre for bowel disorders.

Dr Shah has adopted many of the state-of-the-art methods he learnt in his training into his practice here in Leicester. This includes CT colonography, an all-in-one scan that looks at the bowel for cancer or polyps as well as the organs such as the liver and kidneys. Traditionally laxatives are given for this scan but Dr Shah uses a method of “painting” the stools in the bowel so there is no need to take laxatives. His patients have told him they find this to be a far more comfortable experience.

Dr Shah has also developed new ways of using MRI scans to look for inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s disease and for assessing the pelvic floor in people with constipation, difficulty in opening their bowels or prolapses.

Personal profile:

Dr Shah and his wife moved to Leicester in 2011 and have since had their first baby. Being a new dad has been a challenging but hugely rewarding experience!

Dr Shah enjoys travelling, and most recently he has been trying his hand at cooking, although he admits he does have quite a long way to go!

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Dr Vikas Shah

Dr Vikas Shah Radiology Consultant, Leicester, private hospital specialist.

With a specialist interest in colonic imaging, Dr Shah explains his preferred technique for CT colonography.

A CT colonogram is a type of scan used to examine both the large bowel, and the organs such as the liver, kidneys, spleen and pancreas. It is used when patients have symptoms such as bleeding from the back passage, blood in the stools, a change in their bowel habit with new constipation or new diarrhoea, loss of weight or pain. It is being used increasingly because it gives information about the large bowel such as polyps or cancers, but also information about the organs and blood vessels within the abdomen.

Traditionally, laxatives were given to clear the large bowel for this scan. However, Dr Shah uses a method of “painting” the stools within the large bowel so that laxatives do not need to be used. Three small doses of an xray dye are taken the day before the scan, and in addition, a low residue diet is followed for 2 days. Patients have found this method to be far more comfortable than taking laxatives. Dr Shah has also found that this method has improved the quality of the scans. For diabetic patients, there is no need to change insulin or tablet doses and no need to fast.

The two main alternative tests are a barium enema and a colonoscopy (camera test). Barium enemas are no longer performed in many hospitals as a CT colonogram is more likely to pick up any problems with the large bowel, and it provides no information about the abdominal organs. A colonoscopy examines the large bowel but provides no information about the organs, and is felt to be less comfortable than a CT colonogram by many patients.

For further information about this test, or to arrange an appointment, please contact the radiology department on 0116 265 3038.

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