Clinical Imaging

The award-winning Royal Cornwall Hospitals Clinical Imaging team uses radiography to diagnose, assess and treat patients across Cornwall.

Clinical Imaging is featured in nearly every patient’s healthcare journey, whether as part of a screening or prevention programme, an x-ray to investigate a suspected broken bone, an ultrasound or to guide treatment or procedures.

We use highly specialist equipment to provide a range of procedures, including:

  • Bowel Imaging, as part of the NHS programme and also for patients who have been referred by their clinician.
  • Breast imaging. Screening as part of the NHS programme and when patients are referred by their GP.
  • Dexa Bone density scans to assess the risk of fracture.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scans to look at organs and soft tissue.
  • Fluoroscopy, which uses x-rays to produce a video to look at the body in ‘real-time’ for example bowel movements or swallowing assessments.
  • Interventional Radiology is used for image-guided treatments, such as angioplasty or stents, which are less invasive than traditional surgery.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a strong magnetic fields to take detailed pictures of organs and soft tissue.
  • Nuclear Medicine uses a radioactive injection (tracers) to look at the structure or function of parts of the body.
  • Trauma, Acute and General X-ray to look at bones and soft tissues.
  • Ultrasound to take sonar images of the body. Ultrasound is used for a wide range of conditions, including pregnancy scans.
  • Vascular & Cardiac Imaging to diagnose and treat various cardiovascular conditions.

Our Clinical Imaging Facilities and Contact Numbers

We have facilities at the three Royal Cornwall Hospitals sites in Truro, Hayle and Penzance, and in eight of the county’s community hospitals.

To make, change or cancel an appointment
 
Appointments for CT Scans 01872 252290
Appointments for MRI 01872 252290
Appointments for X-Ray 01736 758851 or 01736 874233
Appointments for Ultrasound 01736 874230 or 01872 252290
Appointments at the Mermaid Centre for Breast Imaging and Surgical Outpatients 01872 252880
If you have a query or are running late for an appointment, please contact the relevant local facility
 
Location Services Phone Number
Royal Cornwall Hospital Ultrasound and CT department reception 01872 255181
Mermaid Centre reception at Royal Cornwall Hospital Breast Screening and Mammogram 01872 252880
West Cornwall Hospital X-ray
CT
Ultrasound
01736 874233 or 01736 874230
St Michael’s Hospital X-ray 01736 758851
Bodmin Hospital X-ray 01208 251576
Bodmin Hospital Ultrasound 01208 251320
Camborne Redruth Community Hospital X-ray
Ultrasound
01209 318015
Falmouth Hospital X-ray 01326 430013
Helston Hospital Ultrasound 01736 874230 or 01872 252290
Newquay Hospital X-ray 01637 834822
St Austell Hospital X-ray
Ultrasound
01726 873005
Stratton Hospital, Bude X-ray 01288 320109
St Mary’s Hospital, Isles of Scilly (Open every fortnight, depending on weather) X-ray 01720 422392
For any other enquiries, please contacts the General Imaging Department reception on 01872 252285

How we store our images

All images obtained are securely stored on our centralised Picture Archive Communications System (PACS). Using our image exchange portal (IEP), the Clinical Imaging team is able to transmit and receive images from further afield. This secure system means that colleagues in hospitals and out in the community can instantly access our images and specialist reports. This service means we can avoid delays and unnecessary repeated procedures.

Imaging Children

We know that x-rays and imaging can be a daunting experience for children, but our team is experienced at putting them at ease. Your child is welcome to bring along a toy or comforter and our friendly team will explain exactly what’s going to happen when they have their special picture taken. We also have certificates and stickers at the ready for after they have been brave!

The Clinical Imaging Team

The Clinical Imaging service is provided by a range of highly trained professionals and supporting staff. We work together to try and make every patient’s experience positive. We are extremely proud of our teams who have won awards for their excellence both within the organisation and nationally, including an award for exemplar status from the British Society for Interventional Radiology.

Who you might meet:

Consultant Radiologists

Radiologists are highly qualified and experienced doctors who specialise in Clinical Imaging. They direct a wide range of patient care, perform image-guided procedures, and interpret images to diagnose a huge range of conditions.

Consultant Radiographers

Consultant Radiographers are highly specialised radiographers who have completed post-graduate training in their chosen field. Our consultants are based in breast imaging and gastrointestinal imaging where they carry out image-guided procedures and interpret images to diagnose conditions and inform patient care. See below for a full list of our consultants and their special interests.

Sonographers

Sonographers are expert practitioners in ultrasound. They use sonography to scan most areas of the body and detect any abnormalities, as well as performing image-guided procedures.

Radiographers

Our skilled radiographers operate highly complex equipment to take the images that our consultant radiologists, consultant radiographers and reporting radiographers then use to describe any findings. Radiographers perform a wide range of work across all types of imaging, although some do specialise. Radiographers are ably supported by our Assistant Practitioners.

Assistant Practitioners

We are very proud of our assistants, who work alongside our radiography team to acquire images. Their knowledge, skills and patient care is second to none.

Radiology Nurses

Our nurses have specialist knowledge and skills within clinical imaging that allows them to support patients undergoing interventional procedures.

Clinical Imaging Assistants (CIA’s)

CIA’s are our clinical support team and they are a vital part of our team. They support our team during image procedures and you will likely meet one during a CT, MRI or ultrasound scan. CIA’s also transport inpatients to and from our departments, helping to put patients at ease.

Admin & Clerical Support

Our personal assistants, appointments team and reception staff are essential in ensuring the smooth running of our service schedules.

The PACS Team

Picture Archiving Computer System (PACS) is where all the images and reports generated by the clinical imaging department are digitally stored. The PACS team are responsible for making sure our work is maintained, protected and available to clinical teams across the County (and if requested, beyond).

We are a teaching team

We welcome the opportunity to pass on our knowledge and skills to those learning about Clinical Imaging. We supervise and educate learners from The Peninsula Radiology Academy, The University of Exeter and in Healthcare apprenticeships. We use images and reports as part of this training. If we select an interesting case for teaching outside of the department it will be anonymous.

Clinical Imaging Consultant Radiologists

 
Radiologist Special Interest Additional Responsibilities
Dr Miklos Barta Breast & General
Dr Helen Belcher Chest, Paediatrics & General
Dr Alison Bradley Uroradiology & Neuroradiology
Dr Philip Cook Neuroradiology, Head & Neck and Uroradiology
Dr Alex Durran Interventional Radiology & Hepatobilary
Dr Andrew Edwards Interventional Radiology, Cardiac & Uroradiology Imaging Specialty Director
Dr Kim Farmer Musculoskeletal
Dr Katie Giles Paediatrics & Breast Chair of Paediatric Special Interest Group
Dr Rosie Gray Breast & Cardiac
Dr John Hancock Interventional Radiology & Gastrointestinal Radiology
Dr Nick Hollings Cardiac, Chest, Head & Neck, Neuroradiology Trust Serious Incident Lead
Dr Nicola Jackson Breast & General
Dr Dinuka Kuruppu Musculoskeletal Radiologist Lead for TAG imaging and Radiography Reporting
Dr Amanda Liddicoat Oncology, Gynaecology & Uroradiology College Tutor
Dr Giles Maskell Gastrointestinal, Chest & General
Dr Soraya Mohammed Haematology, Oncology, Chest & Gynaecology
Dr Richard Morse Interventional Radiology & Uroradiology Imaging Governance Lead
Dr Jennifer O’Brien Breast & General
Dr Ben Rock Head & Neck & Neuroradiology Undergraduate Education Lead UEMS
Dr Angie Rogers Interventional Radiology & Cardiac DRS Lead (Discrepancy Review)
Dr Dushyant Shetty Gastrointestinal including endoscopic ultrasound(EUS) Radiologist Timetable coordinator
Dr Kerstin Stepp-Schuh Breast. Symptomatic and family history lead Breast Screening Programme Director
Dr Madeline Strugnell Gastrointestinal & General Imaging Audit Lead
Dr Tom Sulkin Radionuclide imaging including PETCT Neurology and Head & Neck Head of School Peninsula Radiology Academy
Dr Simon Thorogood Paediatrics, Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Lead & Chair of CISUG (Clinical imaging system users group)

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a branch of medicine and medical imaging used to demonstrate how well individual organs work. Radioactive substances are administered to the patient and the radiation emitted is measured on one of the department’s special cameras. These Nuclear Medicine diagnostic tests are provided by a our dedicated Nuclear Medicine department within the hospital, where we treat over 4,000 patients each year.

In therapy, radioactive substances are administered to treat, disease or provide palliative pain relief. For example, administration of Iodine-131 is often used for the treatment of thyroid disease.

In some centres, the nuclear medicine images can be superimposed on CT or MRI images, making it easier to see the exact area being highlighted on the nuclear medicine image.

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear medicine medical imaging technique which produces a three-dimensional image or map of functional processes in the body. The system detects pairs of gamma rays emitted indirectly by a positron-emitting radioisotope, which is introduced into the body on a metabolically active molecule.

Images of metabolic activity in space are then reconstructed by computer analysis, often in modern scanners, aided by results from a CT X-ray scan performed on the patient at the same time, by the same machine.

PET is both a medical and research tool. It is used heavily in clinical oncology (medical imaging of tumors and the search for metastases), and for clinical diagnosis of certain diffuse brain diseases, such as those that cause dementias. PET is also used to map normal human brain and heart function. PET scanning is non-invasive, but it does involve exposure to ionizing radiation.

Nuclear Medicine Contact

01872 252330

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