We use highly specialist equipment to provide a range of procedures, including:
|Type of appointment||Telephone number|
|CT Scans||01872 252290|
|X-Ray||01736 758851 or 01736 874233|
|Ultrasound||01736 874230 or 01872 252290|
|At the Mermaid Centre for Breast Imaging and Surgical Outpatients||01872 252880|
|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
|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
|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
|Stratton Hospital, Bude||X-ray||01288 320109|
|St Mary’s Hospital, Isles of Scilly (Open once a week on a Wednesday)||X-ray||01720 422392|
The Clinical Imaging service is provided by a range of highly trained professionals and supporting staff. We work together to try to 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:
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 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 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.
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.
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.
Our nurses have specialist knowledge and skills within clinical imaging that allows them to support patients undergoing interventional procedures.
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.
Our personal assistants, appointments team and reception staff are essential in ensuring the smooth running of our service schedules.
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 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.
|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 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 Daniel Kim||Gastrointestinal Imaging, Medical Research, Artificial Intelligence||Specialty AI Lead|
|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)|
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.