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Imaging

The imaging department carries out a number of tests which include X-ray, Ultrasound, MRI, and CT scanning machines as well as nuclear medicine. These tests are carried out across our sites. 

The department accepts referrals from both GPs and healthcare professionals working at the Trust. The team carries out its work using some of the most sophisticated scanning equipment available.

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Services

The Imaging Department uses state-of-the-art equipment using the following techniques:

Diagnostic Radiography – X-ray
Also known as the Plain Film Imaging section, staff work across all areas of the department and in wards and theatres. They undertake work for all outpatient clinics, GP practices, A&E and inpatients.

Staff take images on an X-ray machine using a special form of radiation that can ‘see through’ skin to look at the bones and tissue beneath. X-rays are most often used to tell whether or not a patient has broken or fractured bones. Machines are available at City, Sandwell and Rowley Regis hospitals.

We operate walk-in services for X-ray at our various sites. At Sandwell and City Hospitals our opening times are between 9am and 4.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Opening times at both Rowley Regis Hospital, in Moor Lane, and Neptune Health Park, Sedgley Road West, Tipton, are between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Other services include: 

  • Interventional radiology
    This refers to a wide range of tests that help to support surgery. The techniques can be used, for example, to help to repair a ‘slipped disc’.
  • CT Scans
    Computed Tomography (CT) scanning – uses a machine which rotates half way around the body, sending out a thin beam of X-rays from several points producing an image which gives more detail than a standard X-ray. CT scanners are available at City and Sandwell Hospitals.
  • MRI Scans
    MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is used to make very clear 3D images of the inside of the body, and is particularly effective for viewing the brain, spinal cord, joints and the stomach. MRI scanners are available at City and Sandwell Hospitals.
  • DEXA scans
    DEXA scans (dual energy X-ray absorption) are used to measure bone density. This is effective in the diagnosis and treatment of osteoporosis (bone disease). DEXA scans are available at City and Sandwell Hospitals.
  • Ultrasound
    This technique uses high frequency sound waves emitted by a hand-held scanner which is held against the skin. It’s most commonly used during pregnancy. Ultrasound scanners are available at all our sites.
  • Nuclear Medicine
    This is when small amounts of a radioactive chemical are injected into the body, or swallowed, and then show up very clearly using our SPECT-CT and gamma cameras. This technique can be used to detect and treat diseases. For more information go to www.swbh.nhs.uk/services/nuclear-medicine/
  • Breast Screening Services
    The Breast Screening Unit is based at the Birmingham Treatment Centre. For more information go to: www.swbh.nhs.uk/services/breast-screening/
  • Symptomatic Breast Imaging Services
    Symptomatic work is carried out to provide post-surgery checks and family history mammograms. A fast-track service is also provided to a dedicated Outpatient breast clinic. This provides all necessary imaging with instant reporting, along with ultrasound guided interventional procedures on the day.
  • Medical Illustration
    The Medical Illustration department produces visual materials for use in patient care, medical education and medical research. This includes general medical photography, specialist ophthalmic diagnostic photography. 

Contacts

Contacts

For general appointments enquiries please contact 0121 507 4728 (City Hospital) or 0121 507 2681 (Sandwell Hospital).

Breast Screening
0121 507 5927

Nuclear Medicine
0121 507 4427

Radiopharmacy
0121 507 4044

CT Scanning
City Hospital – 0121 507 5786
Sandwell – 0121 507 3339

MRI Scanning
City Hospital – 0121 507 5786
Sandwell – 0121 507 2484

Medical Illustration
City Hospital – 0121 507 4345
Sandwell – 0121 507 2732

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