Plain radiography (x-rays) - Plain Radiographer & Reporting Consultant, Laurence Skermer ext 4647
The main applications of plain radiography are initial investigation of the thorax, abdomen, and skeletal system, in particular trauma and joint-based disease. Plain radiography has poor resolution for soft tissue contrast which is where other modalities such as MRI, and to a lesser extent CT, are more useful.
The new equipment in the x-ray rooms is supplied by Siemens Medical UK. The 2 systems we have installed are the Siemens Ysio Digital Radiography System. The addition of the Ysio systems to our department provides us with the flexibility to provide a fast service with high quality images for general, trauma and orthopaedic patients whilst maintaining patient safety and comfort.
We now have a room designated for paediatric patients, due to the low dose exposures and an inpatient room which has been decorated with a wall vinyl that is in line with the Trusts dementia friendly policies.
Our paediatric room has been decorated with some fantastic wall vinyl depicting a forest environment with a band-stand and numerous animals and insects hidden in between the trees for the children to search for, which is a great distraction technique for the more apprehensive patients.
In the Out Patient and Diagnostics Centre we have two GE Definium 6000 Digital Radiography Systems and one GE Discovery XR650 Digital Radiography System.
CT - Lead CT Radiographer Jen Dadds (ext 6616)
CT scanners use computer technology and X-rays to take picture "slices" of body parts and can reconfigure the data in 3 different planes. Images are generated by the x-ray tube continuously spinning around the patient as the patient moves through the aperture of the scanner, as shown below.
We have two GE Lightspeed VCT 64 Slice CT scanners, one in the Out Patient and Diagnostics Centre and one in Imaging A.
The current expected referring waiting time is approximately 2 weeks.
Fluoroscopy/screening - Screening Radiographer Elsje Davies (ext 6791)
Studies of the digestive tract are most common here using a Barium contrast agent to highlight the area(s) under investigation. Gastro-intestinal, genito-urological and vascular interventional procedures and investigations are regularly undertaken.
In the Out Patient and Diagnostics Centre fluoroscopy room we have a Philips Multi-Diagnost Eleva unit.
The current expected referring waiting time is approximately 4 weeks.
Ultrasound - Superintendent Sonographer Julie Hannon (01922 656494)
US is a radiation-free modality and uses high frequency sound waves to generate images. US is used for looking at the abdominal contents and musculo-skeletal problems.
The current expected referring waiting time is approximately 6 weeks.
Nuclear Medicine - Lead NM Radiographer Denise Stevens (ext 7401)
Nuclear Medicine is used mainly to investigate the function of a system or area in the body rather than the anatomy. A radioisotope is usually injected into the blood stream and a Gamma Camera is then used to detect the Gamma Rays being emitted from the patient. This allows a picture to build up of the function of the tissue being investigated. The Gamma Camera is a Philips Skylight Unit. The majority of scans carried out in the department investigate bone, kidney and heart function. The current referral waiting time is approximately 2 weeks.
- Breast Imaging - For all mammography and breast ultrasound please refer directly to the breast unit at Manor Hospital.
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging uses the same multi-planar concepts as CT but without the radiation. The use of a 1.5-3 tesla magnet restricts this modality for patients who may have had recent surgery or have certain metallic implants.
An external company on behalf of the NHS manages MRI services and InHealth provides this.
Codes of Conduct and Statements of Practice
All radiographers who practice must be registered with the Health Professions Council and must abide by the HPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics.
All radiographers must also abide by the Society and College of Radiographer Code of Conduct and Ethics regardless of whether they are a full member or not.
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