Radiology, or imaging, is at the heart of modern medicine and is used for fast, accurate diagnosis of many conditions. It involves investigating and examining the anatomy, pathology, clinical history and previous imaging for a patient. Radiologists select appropriate techniques for diagnosis and minimise radiation exposure for the patient.
Our clinical radiology team use various imaging techniques including:
- computed tomography (CT) including multislice scanning
- magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- position emission tomography coupled with CT or MRI (PET-CT or PET-MRI) – enabling enhanced 3D images
- fluoroscopy – using real-time x-ray imaging to show internal structures of the body
Read the X-rays - how safe are they? information leaflet for patients.
We also run an interventional radiology service, a recognised sub-speciality of radiology. Interventional radiology is a technique where clinicians use guided procedures to diagnose and treat diseases in almost every organ system. These minimally invasive techniques reduce infection rates and have shorter recovery times. The procedures are often performed as day surgery, or an overnight stay for the patient.
Interventional radiology services cover many areas including:
- venous access
- emergency service for the management of bleeding patients
This service is provided by a team of specialist radiologists, radiographers and nursing staff.