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Radiology Departments

Radiology Departments


Breast Imaging 
The breast imaging department offers services in mammography, breast ultrasound and interventional image-guided procedures of the breast. Patients attend either via referrals from breast surgeon led outpatient clinics or via referrals from the breast screening programme. We also manage a family history screening mammography service, with referrals from clinical genetics.

Department contact details: 01902 695923

Cannock Main X-ray
The X-ray Department is situated on Level 2 of Cannock Hospital. We offer an open access service to GP patients who have a request for an X-ray, no appointment is necessary for this. We are open from 8.30am -7.30pm, Monday to Friday, (excluding Bank Holidays). We also provide a service for out patients, in patients and operating theatres. These patients have to be prioritised, so sometimes patients attending from their GP’s may have a long wait to have their x-ray done.

We recommend GP patients avoid attending the department in the mornings.

There is also an Ultrasound service provided at Cannock, by a team of 3 sonographers, Monday to Friday. This service is by appointment only, for a variety of examinations.

Department contact details: 01543 576152

A CT scanner is like a large doughnut with a hole in the middle.  You will be asked to lie on the scanning bed which moves in and out of the scanner whilst a series of x-rays are taken around the body.  A computer then builds a very detailed picture of the inside of the body and can highlight any problems.  Many scans require some initial preparation.  For an abdomen scan you may be asked to drink a fluid which highlights the intestines.  There is frequently an injection of a dye which highlights blood vessels and certain organs of the body. The radiographer will leave the room during the scan but will talk to you through an intercom.  Typically the actual scan itself will last only a few minutes.

Department contact details: 01902 695924


MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create an image of the body. There is no radiation involved in an MRI scan so it is a safe procedure. It is also completely painless. The MRI scan produces very detailed images of the inside of the body and can look at bones, soft tissues and internal organs and so can be used in the detection of many diseases. An MRI scanner has a short open ended tunnel which you lie in during the scan.  The body part being imaged has to be in the middle of the scanner so it depends which part of the body needs imaging as to which way around you have to go in the scanner. It is important to keep still during the scan so every attempt will be made to make you comfortable before the start of the scan. A scan typically takes around half an hour but some more complex scans may take longer.

Department contact details: 01902 696359


Cardiac Catheter Suite
The Cardiac Catheter suite is located at Zone B15 in the heart and lung centre.  We undertake a range of cardiac examinations and treatments such as electrophysiology, pacemakers, stent treatments and diagnostic studies in our state of the art catheter labs. 

There are 3 catheter labs, a pacing suite, a cardioversion/TOE room and a 16 bed day case ward in a dedicated unit where we offer you the best care before, during and after your procedure.

You will come into contact with a range of professionals during your visit including Radiographers, Physiologists, Nurses, Doctors and Health Care Assistants. Our team work very closely to ensure that we deliver the best quality care to our patients.

Department contact details: 01902 694273 or 694270


Emergency Department X-ray

The ED X-Ray Department is located within the brand new state-of-the-art £38 million Urgent and Emergency Care Centre (UECC) at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton (  Zone C50 ).  The department has the latest digital X-ray equipment and consists of three computerised X-ray rooms including a specialised Dental X-ray machine, an Ultrasound  room, CT and MRI Scanner rooms.

The Radiology team work closely alongside the ED Team to provide an efficient high quality service for all patients attending ED requiring an x-ray examination.  The location and accessibility of the CT Scanner ensures that patients presenting with a suspected stroke are imaged quickly to aid early diagnosis and treatment.

Department contact details: 01902 695084


Fluroscopy department 
A barium enema is a procedure that is carried out using a special type of X-ray to examine the large bowel. Normal X-rays do not provide very good pictures of the bowel, so a substance called barium sulphate is used to produce a clearer picture. Barium sulphate is a fine, white, odourless powder that is insoluble and non-poisonous. It coats the inside of the bowel, making it easier to see on the X-rays. 

If examination of the large intestine (bowel) is necessary, the barium sulphate is put directly into the rectum via the back-passage (anus). This is called a barium enema. If, however, the upper gastrointestinal tract (oesophagus, stomach and small intestine) is to be investigated, the barium sulphate can be taken by mouth in a procedure known as a barium meal or barium swallow.

Department contact details:  01902 695922


Interventional Radiology 
The Interventional Radiology Unit consists of a state of the art lab and a 6 bedded day case unit that undertakes a variety of day case, in-patient and outpatient procedures. These include line insertions, renal work, drain insertions, liver biopsy, angioplasty, stent insertion, embolizations amongst other things

We are a small but friendly team made up of Radiographers, Nurses, Nursing Assistants and Radiologists. We can be located on Level 2 of the radiology building ( Zone A2 ).

Department contact details: 01902 696344


Main X-Ray 
The Main department  has the latest Digital X-ray equipment.  The services provided are for Inpatients, Outpatients,  GP walk in referral service (Monday-Friday 9am—4pm excluding Bank Holidays)

Department contact details: 01902 695922


Nuclear Imaging 
Nuclear Imaging is a test used to diagnose diseases in a safe and painless way.  Nuclear imaging refers to the small amount of radioactive fluid which is injected into the body.  The amount of radioactivity is very small.  There are different types of radioactive substances which target different parts of the body. The radioisotope takes a while to get around the body to the target organ.  Typically you will have the injection and then wait two to three hours before the test is carried out.  You are free to leave the department during this time.The radioisotope emits radiation in the form of gamma rays.  The gamma rays are detected by a special camera.  During the scan, you will lie on a couch and the camera will move slowly around you.  You will be made comfortable as it is important that you lie still while the pictures are being taken.  The test time varies between 20 minutes  up to an hour.

Department contact details: 01902 696347


Orthopaedic Department X-ray 
The Orthopaedic  X-ray department is located within the Fracture and Orthopaedic Department ( Zone A26 ) and consists of two computerised X-ray rooms.  The department is staffed by a small team of Radiographers, Assistant Practitioners  and support staff.

Together with the Orthopaedic  Team  we strive to  provide an efficient  quality plain imaging service for patients requiring an x-ray examination during their attendance in clinic and orthopaedic out-patient follow up requests.

The department is staffed Monday – Friday 8.30am – 5.00pm (excluding Bank Holidays)

Department contact details: 01902 307999 extension 86048


Ultrasound is a form of diagnostic imaging that does not use ionising radiation. Instead, sound waves are used, which reflect from body tissues giving an image on a screen. 

A lubricating gel is put on to your skin, so that the transducer (probe) is able to move smoothly and to ensure that there is continuous contact. The transducer is connected to a computer and a monitor. Pulses of ultrasound are sent from the probe, through your skin and into your body. Ultrasound waves are bounced back from the structures of the body and are displayed as an image on the monitor. As well as producing still pictures, an ultrasound scan shows movement that can be recorded on to video. The scan is painless but you may be asked to drink a lot of water before a scan, so you may experience some discomfort from a full bladder.

Department contact details: 01902 695921

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