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Imaging

Locations

  • Royal Derby Hospital, various locations

  • London Road Community Hospital
    (best entrance - junction 2)

  • X-ray facilities at Long Eaton, Ripley, Ilkeston and Ashbourne Community Hospitals


What do we do in x-ray?

Our department uses x-rays to take pictures of bones and organs.  Scans of any part of the body can also be taken using  x-rays, ultrasound, strong magnetic or radio active substances. 

We have x-ray machines and some scanning facilities at the Royal Derby Hospital, London Road Community Hospital, Long Eaton Health Centre, Ilkeston Hospital, Rip ley Community Hospital and St Oswalds Hospital Ashbourne.

We see up to 800 patients a day. You may visit our department if your doctor thinks you have an illness or disease or an injury. 

Some examples of what  we may scan or x-ray are:

  •  Chests for infections, pneumonia, asthma, broken ribs, tumours etc

  • Arms, legs, hands and feet for broken bones, arthritis, infection etc

  • Spines for disc problems, after operations, etc

  • Heads for bleeds, strokes, tumours etc

  • Abdomens for gall stones, bowel diseases, gynaecological problems etc


Some patients come for treatment or a biopsy of an organ.  Some examples of what we can treat are:

  • Angioplasty/stent - for blocked arteries,

  • Drainages – for abscesses, excess fluids or blocked kidneys

  • Biopsy – to check for disease or tumours



How do you get an x-ray or scan?

A doctor or other trained member of the health care team will ask us to perform your test or treatment.  They will tell us about your illness or injury so that we can do the best test for you.  

The picture or scan is stored onto a computer to be looked at by a specialist before a written report is made.  This will help your doctor or health care professional to diagnose/monitor your injury or illness.

 Staff in x-ray

 Specialist staff work in our department.  These include:

  •   Radiographers

  •  Ultrasonographers

  •  Radiologists (consultant or specialist registrar)

  • X-ray Nurses

  • Medical physics technicians

  • Assistant practitioners


 The specialist staff are supported by:

  • Radiographic assistants (helpers)

  • Reception and appointment staff

  • Secretaries

  • Porters

  • Managers



Opening times

We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide a service to the Emergency department and urgent tests for ward patients.

Other areas of the department  open at different times -

Speciality 

Opening times  

Plain x-rays

A&E/Trauma
In-patients
Out-patients
GP referrals
(London Road Community Hospital) 

 

7 days 24 hours
7 days 24 hours 
Monday - Friday    08.45 - 17.00
Monday - Friday    08.30 - 17.00

Bone densitometry (DXA scans)

 Monday - Friday 09.00 - 16.30

CT (Computerised Tomography)

A&E/Trauma
In-patients
Out-patients
GP referrals

 


7 days 24 hours
7 days 24 hours 
Monday - Friday    08.45 - 20.15
Monday - Friday    08.30 - 20.15

Childrens x-ray

Plain x-rays
Ultrasound
Fluoroscopy

 

Monday - Friday  08.45 -17.00
Emergencies in Main department
7 days 24 hours

 Fluoroscopy
(screening)


A&E/Trauma
In-patients
Out-patients
GP referrals

 

Emergencies - 7 days 24 hours
Monday - Friday  08.45 - 17.00
Monday - Friday  08.45 - 17.00
Monday - Friday  08.45 - 17.00

       Interventional/cardiac

Monday - Friday  08.45 - 17.00
Emergency service 7 days  24 hours

 

MRI  (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

A&E/Trauma
In-patients
Out-patients
GP referrals

 


7 days  08.30 - 21.00
7 days  08.30 - 21.00
7 days  08.30 - 21.00
7 days  08.30 - 21.00

Emergency service 7 days 24 hours Limited  availability at weekends

Ultrasound    (non obstetric)
Ultrasound
  (Obstetric) Gynae Scan

Monday- Friday  08.30 - 17.00

Emergency out of hours service for Emergency eepartment and in-patients

   

Others useful information  

Preparation

Most of our tests are very simple and will only take a few minutes.  You may  need to wait a short while for the right piece of equipment to be free and after   the examination to  ensure you feel alright and the pictures have turned out properly.

You may need an appointment for some tests.  You may need to starve or take special medicine before some tests.  This information will be provided with your appointment letter.  You can also find patient information on the Royal College of Radiologists web site.

You may need to get changed in to an x-ray gown or remove clothing or jewellery.  We will always try to preserve your dignity and ask you to bring a dressing gown to keep you covered if you need to change.  We will respect your wish not to get changed if you prefer. 

You are not able to go in for an MRI scan if you have any metallic clothing or certain medical conditions so we will always check this with you before going in for your scan.

You may need an injection of a type of x-ray dye (contrast agent) for some tests.  We will ask you some questions before giving you the contrast agent and explain why we need to do this. 

 During the test/scan/treatment

Carers, relatives and friends may attend the department with you. We strive to make sure that radiation doses are kept low to patients, staff and comforters or carers.  Comforters and carers are therefore not usually asked to go into an x-ray room unless additional support is required or the patient is a child.

The x-ray staff will explain your test to you and answer any questions you may have.  We may ask you several times to tell us your name, address and date of birth.  This is to ensure the right person receives the test and any radiation dose.  A member of the x-ray team will be able to help you with  any queries you may have.