Imaging

 

​​​​​​​​​Imaging is the term we use to describe the services we offer to our patients. Most patients, and indeed staff, still refer to the departments as X-ray, but we offer so much more than this. The range of different diagnostic tests we undertake includes those where no radiation is used at all, such as ultrasound and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). The Imaging Department provides a very comprehensive range of diagnostic and interventional services.

Royal Stoke

Where are we located?

The imaging department is located on Lower Ground Floor 1 of Main Building. On arrival at the site, please park in the multi-storey car park, patients with blue badges can park in the disabled car park outside Main Entrance. If you have an Outpatient appointment, please check in using one of the screens in the atrium before decending one floor using either the lifts in the atrium or the stairs in the corridor to the right. The map below shows the layout of the Imaging department.

360 degree tour

View our 360 degree tour of the department. The tour opens in a pop-up window, so if it doesn't appear when you click on it, please ensure you have allowed pop-up windows on your web browser.​

Contact Us

  • CT reception   01782 675800
  • MRI reception   01782 675800
  • Ultrasound reception   01782 675800
  • X-ray reception   01782 675800
  • X-ray helpdesk 01782 679285 

Fluoroscopy

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.

Angio​​graphy

Using special liquids called 'contrast media', it is possible to visualise arteries and veins within the body. This work uses very specialised techniques and equipment. Interventional work is also carried out, such as the insertion of metal stents in areas of artery narrowing, or the insertion of coils into cerebral arteries. 

M​RI

MRI uses magnets and radio waves to create an image of the body. Because of the magnetic field generated, it is not a suitable imaging technique for patients who have pacemakers or other pieces of 'metal' in their bodies. However, because it does not use ionising radiation and can create detailed images of soft tissue, it can be used for the detection of many diseases. 

An MRI scanner is like a short tunnel, (open at both ends), through which a motorised bed passes. During a scan you lie on the bed and a small 'receiving device' is placed behind, or around, the part of your body being scanned. You are then moved into the scanner tube, either head-first or feet-first, depending on which part of your body is being scanned. 

An MRI scan is painless. However, it is important to be as comfortable as possible during a scan, because you must keep the part of your body being scanned very still to avoid blurring the images. A typical scan lasts between 15-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and how many 'pictures' are taken. 

​CT

 

The above video is for patients undergoing CT colonography only and does not represent all CT examinations.

When you have a CT scan, you will be required to lie on a motorised couch inside the scanning machine which looks like a giant doughnut. The scan may need a contrast dye or substance that improves the picture of certain tissues or blood vessels. This material may be swallowed, given as an enema or injected into the blood stream, depending on the part of your body that is to be scanned. Usually the scan is taken with you lying on your back, although sometimes you will be asked to lie on your side or your front. 

After each X-ray is completed, the couch on which you are lying is moved forward a small distance. You will be asked to lie very still while each scan is taken to avoid blurring the images. The radiographer will leave the room during the scan but will be able to talk to you through an intercom. Several scans will be carried out and the whole procedure may last from a few minutes to thirty minutes.

Ultraso​und

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.

Plain fil​m x-ray

X-rays are a type of high-energy radiation that is like light waves but higher in energy. An X-ray machine can produce short bursts of X-rays that pass easily through fluids and soft tissues of the body but are blocked by dense tissue such as bone. 

You will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray source and a drawer containing a cassette. The designated part of your body is exposed to X-rays for a fraction of a second. The X-rays hit the plate, which is then developed. You have to keep still so the image is clear and not blurry. The X-ray is painless and you cannot see or feel it.

County Hospital

Where are we located?

The imaging department is located on the Ground Floor, Main Building, County Hospital.  X-Ray, CT, MRI, Fluoroscopy (Barium) and Ultrasound are all in the same area.  Diagnostic Ultrasound is located on the 2nd floor.

On arrival at the site, the car parks have barriers and a token is issued on entry. Patients are required to pay at the pay machine located to the left of the main entrance before returning to their car. For Blue Badge holders there is a small disabled car park outside the main entrance.

Contact us

Reception: 01785 230153 – Monday to Sunday 07:45am to 07:45pm

Walk in clinics

Monday to Friday 08:00am to 07:30pm.

There are no walk-in clinics on the weekend or on Bank Holidays.


Fluoroscopy

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.​

M​RI

MRI uses magnets and radio waves to create an image of the body. Because of the magnetic field generated, it is not a suitable imaging technique for patients who have pacemakers or other pieces of 'metal' in their bodies. However, because it does not use ionising radiation and can create detailed images of soft tissue, it can be used for the detection of many diseases. 

An MRI scanner is like a short tunnel, (open at both ends), through which a motorised bed passes. During a scan you lie on the bed and a small 'receiving device' is placed behind, or around, the part of your body being scanned. You are then moved into the scanner tube, either head-first or feet-first, depending on which part of your body is being scanned. 

An MRI scan is painless. However, it is important to be as comfortable as possible during a scan, because you must keep the part of your body being scanned very still to avoid blurring the images. A typical scan lasts between 15-60 minutes, depending on the size of the area being scanned and how many 'pictures' are taken. 

​CT

When you have a CT scan, you will be required to lie on a motorised couch inside the scanning machine which looks like a giant doughnut. The scan may need a contrast dye or substance that improves the picture of certain tissues or blood vessels. This material may be swallowed, given as an enema or injected into the blood stream, depending on the part of your body that is to be scanned. Usually the scan is taken with you lying on your back, although sometimes you will be asked to lie on your side or your front. 

After each X-ray is completed, the couch on which you are lying is moved forward a small distance. You will be asked to lie very still while each scan is taken to avoid blurring the images. The radiographer will leave the room during the scan but will be able to talk to you through an intercom. Several scans will be carried out and the whole procedure may last from a few minutes to thirty minutes.

Ultraso​und

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.

Plain fil​m x-ray

X-rays are a type of high-energy radiation that is like light waves but higher in energy. An X-ray machine can produce short bursts of X-rays that pass easily through fluids and soft tissues of the body but are blocked by dense tissue such as bone. 

You will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray source and a drawer containing a cassette. The designated part of your body is exposed to X-rays for a fraction of a second. The X-rays hit the plate, which is then developed. You have to keep still so the image is clear and not blurry. The X-ray is painless and you cannot see or feel it.​

Your res​​ults 

Remember, your x-ray only tells half the story; your results tell the other half.  If you haven't been told the results of your x-ray or scan, contact us or your GP surgery.  Don't assume there is nothing you need to know.

Helpful info​​rmation

Concerned about x-rays?  See the booklet 'X-rays - How safe are they?'

Scanner loca​​tions

You will be advised by the Imaging department as to where your scan is taking place. ​​

Walk-in clinics 

Cobridge Hea​​lth Centre

Church Terrace Cobridge Stoke-on-Trent ST6 2JW Tel: (0300) 7900164

Opening Times: Mon - Fri 8:30am - 12:30pm and 1:30pm - 4:30pm  

Haywood Ho​​spital

High Lane Burslem Stoke-on-Trent ST6 7AG Tel: (01782) 673666

Opening Times: 

Monday to Friday 8am to 10pm, last GP referrals seen at 9.30pm

Saturday/Sunday 9am to 10pm, last GP patient seen at 9.30pm

Note: X-Ray Reception is located to the left of the Main Reception desk

Leek Moorlands H​​ospital

Ashbourne Road Leek ST13 5BQ Tel: (0300) 1231161 ext 3644

Opening Times: Mon, Wed, Thu 8:30am-12:30pm & 1:30pm-5:00pm

Tue, Fri, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Royal Stoke University Hos​​pital

X-Ray Dept,  Main Building (Lower Ground Floor 1) Newcastle Road Stoke-on-Trent ST4 6QG

Tel: (01782) 675800 

Mon-Wed 8.30am-19.00pm

Thursday 8.30am-16.00pm

Friday  8.30am-16.30pm​

Please note there are no walk In clinics on Bank Holidays. Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve we will be running shorter clinics, please contact the relevant hospital for opening times

County Hospital

Weston Road, Stafford ST16 3SA 

Tel: 01785 230153
Monday to Friday 08:00am to 07:30pm

There are no walk-in clinics on the weekend or on Bank Holidays.​