About the department
The Radiology Department at Northampton General Hospital performs in excess of 210,000 examinations each year providing a comprehensive array of diagnostic imaging including CT, MRI, Ultrasound, Nuclear Medicine and Interventional services.
General Xray: 08:30 - 16:00hrs
CT: 08.30 – 16.30hrs
MRI: 08.30 – 18.45hrs
Nuclear Medicine: 08.30-16.30hrs
Ultrasound: 08.00 – 17.00hrs
Saturday – Sunday:
General Xray services available for emergency cases only
Ultrasound: 08.00 – 16.30hrs
CT and MRI: 08.00 – 16.30hrs
Bank Holidays: Limited access across several services
24/7 Access for urgent cover and support outside of these hours
How to find us
We are located on Hospital Street (area D), nearest to Car park 1.
Radiology Appointment Booking Team - 01604 545636
(CT, DEXA, fluoroscopy, MRI, obstetrics, ultrasound and xray)
Radiology Nurse Line - 01604 523701
Breast Screening Reception and General Enquiry Line - 01604 545825
Breast Screening Appointment Enquiry Line - 01604 545830
Nuclear Medicine Reception Line - 01604 545449
Information about EMRAD
When you have a scan (X-ray, CT, MR, or ultrasound) in our hospitals, it is stored on an electronic system that is shared with six other hospitals in the East Midlands, collectively known as EMRAD. Access to your full scan history will enable healthcare professionals in those hospitals to access your radiology record when necessary.
You can find out more about EMRAD and what it means for you here
List of Services
Digital X-rays are the core imaging in a hospital for diagnosis. At NGH this service is based in the main x-ray department where 120, 000, examinations are carried out per year.
GP-referred X-ray examinations are also performed at Danetre Hospital in Daventry.
General CT imaging for inpatients and outpatients are performed on two Multi-slice CT scanners. The CT scanner takes ‘slices’ of the body and produces an image of this ‘slice’ it is very useful in staging cancers, or helping to plan surgery for complicated broken bones as it can produce very detailed images of a large part of the body in a short space of time. The slices can be put together to make a 3D reconstruction.
There are three MRI scanners, two static units in the in the main department and a mobile unit that images a wide range of body areas, including routine musculoskeletal and neurological imaging as well as liver, abdominal, head and neck and breast imaging.
Ultrasound is commonly associated with the scans taken during pregnancy however, it can also be used for other areas of the body for example the liver and kidneys. Doppler ultrasound is used to watch blood flow in a vein or artery, gel is applied to the area to be scanned. A transducer is used which emits high frequency ultrasound wave which ‘bounces’ back after a delay which is picked up by the transducer (like an echo) and computer software converts it into an image
Both inpatient and outpatient ultrasound examinations are performed within the main department and maternity unit at NGH. These include obstetric and gynaecological examinations, general and specialist examinations such as musculoskeletal, breast imaging and some interventional procedures which are best performed with ultrasound guidance.
Interventional Radiology (IR) offers a range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures using radiological image guidance. Most interventional procedures are minimally invasive and are performed by a team of specialist Radiologists, radiographers and nurses.
Radiology at NGH has a new specialised digital fluoroscopy suite where many of the interventional procedures are undertaken.
Examinations undertaken include both vascular and non-vascular procedures:
- Stent insertion
- Varicocoele embolisation
- IVC filter insertion
- Renal stent insertion
- Long term ascitic placement
The Interventional Suite has a dedicated Day Bed Area radiology day bed area which is includes single sex bays. There are separate toilet facilities for male and female patients and there is appropriate wheelchair access. The unit also supports liver biopsy day cases, cardiac CT activity and ERCP recovery.
NGH has a digital fluoroscopy suite and offers a wide range of examinations and uses a combination of real time and conventional X-rays to visualise dynamic processes using X-ray contrast agents such as barium. The examinations available are:
- Barium enema
- Barium swallow
- Micturating cystogram
NGH has a dedicated Bone Densitometry Scanner that performs a special type of X-ray examination which is used to measure the calcium content of the bone.
PET-CT is a rapidly expanding service provided at NGH in partnership with the private sector. A mobile system attends outside the Elderly Medicine department 1–2 days per week to allow prompt and timely scans. Access to this very advanced technology is facilitated through multidisciplinary teams, with reading of the scans performed by specialist consultant radiologists.
A broad range of investigations is offered that includes all of the common radionuclide studies, and a number of specialist studies not offered elsewhere in the region.
Breast Screening and Symptomatic
The Forrest Centre is situated in Northampton General Hospital, adjacent to the Integrated Surgery Department and overlooking car park one and is a purpose- built breast imaging centre with a modern unit with full field digital mammography and two mobile digital breast screening vans.
Key roles of the Forrest Centre
- To co-ordinate the National Health Breast Screening Programme in the western half of Northamptonshire.
- To provide a symptomatic breast diagnostic service for Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust.
More information on Breast Screening