The Department of Imaging & Nuclear Medicine provides a wide range of diagnostic and therapeutic imaging services including CT scanning, DEXA Bone Density Scanning, MRI scanning, Neuroimaging, Paediatric imaging, Radioisotope (nuclear medicine) scanning, Ultrasound scanning, Fluoroscopy and X ray.
The department provides inpatient and outpatient services at several locations throughout the district, with over 100,000 patient attendances each year.
Our services and departments
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CT scan (or CAT scan) stands for Computerised (Axial) Tomography scan. This means a scan that takes a series of X-rays and uses a computer to put them together.....
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This type of scan uses magnetism to build up a picture of the inside of the body.....
Neuroradiology is a subspecialty of radiology focusing on the diagnosis and characterization of abnormalites of the central and peripheral nervous system, brain, spine, skull base, ENT and orbits.....
Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases.....
A subspecialty of radiology involving the imaging of fetuses, infants, children, adolescents, and young adults....
Ultrasound scans use sound waves to build up a picture of the inside of the body. They are completely painless. These scans are usually done in the hospital X-ray department.....
X-rays use high energy rays to take pictures of the inside of your body. They can look at bones to show breaks and other joint problems.....
Hospital services are based at:
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton
Princess Royal Hospital, Haywards Heath
Hove Polyclinic, Hove
Hurstwood Park Neurosciences Centre, Haywards Heath
Royal Alexandra Childrens Hospital, Brighton
Staff within the department
Appointments Team – Our Appointments Clerks will handle your call and agree a date and time for your appointment that suits you, where possible in the location of your choice.
Receptionists – Our Receptionists will greet you, book you in for your procedure and direct you to the appropriate waiting area.
Health Care Assistant – HCA’s will collect you from the waiting area and take you to the treatment area. They can also assist you whilst you prepare and/or get changed for your procedure.
Nurses – The Nursing staff will prepare you for your procedure, including (where necessary) taking blood, inserting cannulae etc. This is dependent on the specific diagnostic test you are having.
Radiographer/Assistant Practitioner – A Radiographer will position you appropriately and take the image(s) required.
Advanced Practitioners – These senior Radiographers are trained to perform certain diagnostic procedures and many also report their findings to your original referring Consultant or GP.
Consultant Radiologist and Registrars – Senior doctors and their Registrars will perform certain specialist procedures, they will also review the images and provide a diagnostic report that will be sent to your referring Consultant or GP.