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Imaging Service Details

Imaging services are provided in all the main specialties at Leicester's Hospitals, including services for both adults and paediatrics. We deliver all subspecialty services including stress cardiac MR, vascular and renal interventional radiology and forensic CT.

The modalities covered by Imaging are listed below. All services (except Breast Imaging and Nuclear Medicine) operate on a 24/7 basis depending on clinical urgency. Normal hours of service are listed below.

For further information about any of the services below, please contact the Radiology Direct Booking Line on

0116 258 8765


Plain Film Imaging (X-ray)

Plain-film radiographs are used to diagnose injury and pathology of the skull, face, spine, bony thorax and upper and lower limbs. They are also used in conjunction with other modalities, e.g. ultrasound renal calculi.

Examinations that are not justified under the “right test, right time, right place” combined Royal College of Radiographers and Royal College of General Practitioners guidelines will be rejected and notification sent back to the GP.

Common rejections include requests for calcaneal spur or plantar fasciitis, Coccyx, ribs without associated respiratory symptoms and skulls.

OPEN ACCESS (drop-in by GP referral)

Glenfield Hospital offers open access to plain film imaging (x-ray) for all patients expect paediatric (under 17 years) and adult trauma.

Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

8.30am - 4.30pm

Please call 0116 258 8765 for more information.

Referrals

Children (up to the age of 17 years) and adults who have had minor trauma to the limbs* can be referred directly for x-ray at Leicester Royal Infirmary

* minor trauma up to 3 weeks old. Imaging does not accept referrals for patients brought in by emergency ambulance crews or for trauma to the skull, face, chest or spine.

Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)

8.30am - 4.30pm

If required, appointments can be arranged at Leicester General Hospital or Leicester Royal Infirmary. Please contact your GP for further information or call the service on 0116 258 8765.


Ultrasound

By appointment only

Monday to Friday (all UHL sites)

9am - 5pm

The absence of ionising radiation makes ultrasound (US) the primary investigation for a range of clinical conditions. Technological advances have served to extend still further clinical applications of US and have been reflected in a sustained increase in demand for US imaging.

US remains’ a technique that is operator dependent. Acquisition of images must be undertaken by a skilled and experienced operator; all staff providing ultrasound are trained medical staff or accredited through the Consortium for the Accreditation of Sonographic Education (CASE).

Requests for US examination should, take into account the appropriateness of the technology for the clinical condition and the suitability of the patient for US examination.


Cone Beam CT

A Cone Beam CT Scanner looks just like a normal OPT (two-dimensional dental x-ray) machine, but besides being able to produce 2D x-ray images, can also produce 3D images of the jaw and face, in the same way as a conventional CT Scanner.

Radiation doses to patients are less than a third (usually more like a fifth) of that given by conventional CT scans.

Appointment slots only need to be five minutes rather than the 20 minute slots required by conventional CT.

By diverting our current jaw and face CT work to Cone Beam CT, we can free up the equivalent of 26 days per year of scarce CT Scanning time, allowing our conventional CT scanners to reduce waits for patients from ED and the wards – improving patient flow.

We will offer same day imaging for our outpatients – no waiting list. Currently, these patients can be waiting several weeks.

We can also offer a service for non-UHL referrers, thus generating a new stream of income.

With the conventional CT scanning time that is freed up, and additional income generated, the Cone Beam CT Scanner should quickly pay for itself.

For any more information, please contact Colin Ross, Superintendent Radiographer at colin.ross@uhl-tr.nhs.uk



Breast Imaging/screening

Breast imaging including mammography is provided to the Leicestershire and Rutland Breast Screening Service and symptomatic patients referred via UHL surgeons.



 

CT Scanning

By appointment only

Monday to Friday (all UHL sites)

8am - 8pm

Computed tomography (CT) enables the acquisition of a large volume of data within a minimum time frame, enabling 3D reconstruction and image manipulation during the reporting process.

As with all radiological requests, any CT referral needs to fall within guidelines and sufficient clinical information provided to allow justification. Examinations that fall outside established guidelines can be discussed with a radiologist.

Points for consideration:

- CT is a high radiation dose examination; however CT remains the best investigation for many clinical problems within the chest and abdomen, despite the radiation risks.

- CT is still widely used for intracranial problems, especially stroke and trauma.

- CT remains an effective method of staging many malignant diseases (such as lymphoma) and of monitoring the response to therapy.

- CT provides valuable preoperative information about complex masses and is widely used to investigate postoperative complications.


MRI Scanning

By appointment only

Monday to Friday (all UHL sites)

8am - 8pm

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides cross sectional imaging without the use of ionising radiation and should be considered in preference to CT when both investigations could yield similar information.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) provides cross sectional imaging without the use of ionising radiation and should be considered in preference to CT when both investigations could yield similar information.

As with all radiological requests, any MRI referral should be provided with sufficient clinical information to allow justification. Examinations that fall outside established guidelines can be discussed with a radiologist.

Points for consideration:

- Contraindications to the use of MRI include metallic foreign bodies in the orbits, aneurysm clips, pacemakers and cochlear implants. Furthermore, MRI will give reduced image quality close to prostheses. Possible contraindications should be discussed with the imaging department well in advance of the proposed investigation.

- The safety of MRI during the first trimester of pregnancy is uncertain. However, it may well be safer than some of the alternative options. All imaging of pregnant women should be discussed with the radiology department.


Fluoroscopy/Interventional Radiology

By appointment only

Monday to Friday (all UHL sites)

9am - 5pm

Dynamic fluoroscopic studies of the Gastrointestinal (GI) and Genitourinary (GU) tract are provided demonstrating anatomy  pathology and function of these systems.

A full range of image-guided intervention and treatment are provided, e.g. biopsies, embolisation, steroid injections, line insertions as well as vascular procedures.

Interventional examinations need to follow clinical guidelines and may require discussion through the appropriate clinical channels.


 

Nuclear Medicine

By appointment only

Monday to Friday (all UHL sites)

9am - 5pm

This service is delivered by a mix of Nuclear Medicine physicians, technicians and radiologists who hold the Administration of Radioactive Substances Advisory Committee (ARSAC) licence.

Radionuclide imaging involves the administration of a small quantity of radioactive material to provide functional information for a given clinical situation.

Referring clinicians should indicate the precise clinical problem requiring investigation since this will determine which radionuclide (or alternative) investigation is used.

The radiation doses imparted by most NM techniques compare favourably with those of many other imaging investigations regarded as 'safe'.

PET-CT is currently provided at UHL through partnership with independent providers and the national contract.

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Medical Physics

Medical Physics is a specialised department that provides support services within and beyond the organisation. Most sections are within the Clinical Support and Imaging Management Group in the hospital but we have professional links with Radiotherapy Physics and with departments in the University of Leicester and De Montfort University. A number of Medical Physics staff hold honorary contracts with the University of Leicester.

Teams within Medical Physics include – Clinical Scientists, Chartered Engineers, Healthcare Science Practitioners, Clinical Technologists, Assistants, Managers and Admin staff.

As well as training, research and education, there are four main services within the department - Clinical Engineering Service, Nuclear Medicine Service, Radiation Protection Service and Clinical Measurement Services (includes electrodiagnostic, newborn hearing screening and urodynamics)

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