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Clinical radiology

A specialist branch of medicine using images

Our consultant radiologists work within our multidisciplinary team to help diagnose and treat diseases using imaging

What is clinical radiology?

Clinical radiology is a specialty that uses medical imaging to diagnose and, sometimes, treat diseases seen within the body. Our clinical radiologists are qualified medical doctors who have undertaken an additional five years of study and intensive training to specialise in this field. They are trained to perform and interpret medical images to diagnose and treat injuries and diseases of all parts of the body.

At our hospitals, our team of radiologists use a variety of imaging techniques to diagnose and treat diseases. These include:

  • X-rays
  • MRI - magnetic resonance imaging scans
  • Ultrasounds
  • CT - computed tomography scans
  • Nuclear medicine scans - such as bone scans, thyroid scans and PET CT scans
  • Interventional radiology - minimally invasive medical procedures conducted under the guidance of imaging technologies

You may be referred to a clinical radiologist by your consultant to help with a diagnosis.

Our radiology expertise

Our clinical radiologists are part of a multidisciplinary team, working closely with radiographers and consultants to provide the best scanning care possible.

  • CT scans

    Need to know

    CT scans use X-rays to take detailed 2D and 3D images of inside your body. From the scan a doctor can diagnose and monitor many conditions including cancer, strokes and fractures, and they're used to investigate a wide range of symptoms. We invest in the latest CT scanning equipment which means we're...

  • MRI

    Need to know

    MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of scan using strong magnetic fields and radio waves to produce high-quality images of the inside of the body. The MRI scanner looks like a large tube that you lie inside. It can be used on all parts of your body, including your head, without using radiation,...

  • PET CT scan low dose

    Need to know

    PET-CT scans combine PET (positron emission tomography) and CT (computised tomography) technology in one full body scanner. This advanced nuclear imaging technique shows how the cells in the body are functioning at the same time as generating 2D and 3D images of inside the body. 

  • SPECT-CT scan

    Need to know

    A SPECT-CT scan is made up of two separate elements, a SPECT scan and a CT scan. The images from each scan are merged together to create the SPECT-CT scan. The process provides more accurate information about the anatomy and function of the area being scanned and makes it easier to identify problems.

  • Breast screening mammogram

    Need to know

    Your breasts will be X-rayed in detail so any problems, such as cancerous cells, can be found early before they're large enough to be felt. Your breasts will be X-rayed one at a time. Each breast is X-rayed twice, from different angles. The procedure will take 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Breast ultrasound

    Need to know

    An ultrasound is often carried out when a lump or change in the breast is felt or an abnormality is detected on a mammogram. This will often provide valuable additional information about the nature and cause of the abnormality.  An ultrasound may also be used if you have dense breast tissue, are...

  • Bone density DEXA scan

    Need to know

    A bone density scan is also known as a DEXA (dual energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan, DXA scan, and bone densitometry scan. The loss of bone density with age (osteoporosis) weakens your bones. This type of scan is used to measure the density and strength of your bones, and check for osteoporosis.

  • FibroScan

    Need to know

    Liver fibrosis refers to a scarring of liver tissue. It is the liver's response to injury; and can, in some cases, lead to cirrhosis. FibroScan® is a quick, non-invasive measurement of the elasticity of liver tissue, without the need for a biopsy. It's carried out as an outpatient test and you can...

  • Liver ultrasound

    Need to know

    A liver ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to produce detailed images (sonograms) of your liver. These images can then be analysed, first by a radiologist and then by your GP or HPB consultant, to help check for liver conditions like fatty liver and hepatocellular carcinoma.

  • Cardiac CT scan

    Need to know

    Computed tomography (CT) uses X-rays to acquire high-resolution, 3D images of your heart and coronary arteries. It is able to accurately detect the presence and extent of different plaques within your arteries, before they are detectable by other techniques.  Often this scan is preceded by a heart...

  • Cardiac MRI

    Need to know

    A cardiac MRI is used to look at your heart's function and structure. The MRI scanner uses a powerful magnetic field, radiofrequency waves and a computer to create detailed still and moving images of your heart. These images can help in early diagnosis and treatment of suspected cardiac conditions.

  • Carotid ultrasound

    Need to know

    You have two carotid arteries located on either side of your neck. They deliver blood from your heart to your brain. A carotid ultrasound tests for narrowed carotid arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke. The results can help your consultant determine a treatment to lower your stroke risk.

  • Doppler ultrasound scan

    Need to know

    A Doppler ultrasound scan can be used to create a real-time image of blood flowing through your blood vessels. It does this by bouncing sound waves off the red blood cells in your body. It's a non-invasive test, which means we won't need to make a cut in your skin or inject something into you. Doppler...

  • Endoanal ultrasound

    Need to know

    An endoanal ultrasound is used to demonstrate either childbirth trauma or post surgical trauma to the sphincter. This is a muscle that maintains constriction of a natural body passage, such as the anus. It may also show abnormal thinning of an intact internal sphincter, associated with incontinence.

  • Endobronchial Ultrasound EBUS

    Need to know

    An endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is used to take tissue samples from the lungs or the lymph nodes in the chest. It may be used to check for lung cancer, other cancers that are suspected of spreading to the lymph nodes, lymphoma and other non-cancerous conditions such as sarcoidosis or tuberculosis.

  • Endoscopic ultrasound

    Need to know

    An internal scan that allows a consultant to examine the organs and structures in the chest and abdomen in detail using high-frequency sound waves to produce detailed images of the lining and walls of your digestive system and chest, it can also include neighbouring organs such as the liver and pancreas,...

  • FDG PET scan

    Need to know

    A FDG PET (fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography) scan is used to assess the metabolic activity of certain tumours. It's often used to detect lung cancer, brain cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer, lymphomas, melanomas and multiple melanomas.

  • Fetal cardiac scan

    Need to know

    Between 19-21 weeks, it is normal for your unborn baby to have their heart scanned. With ultrasound imaging, we can monitor their heart, blood vessels, blood flow and general well-being. The test is carried out in a supportive environment. Your consultant obstetrician will answer any questions you may...

  • Functional MRI scan

    Need to know

    A functional MRI scan (fMRI) uses a magnetic field to take pictures of the insides of your body. Unlike a normal MRI, it can show which parts of your brain are activated during speech, movement and remembering. It's often used to find out the feasibility of resecting (cutting out) certain tumours.

  • Intravascular ultrasound

    Need to know

    Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) uses high frequency sound waves to visualize the inside of your coronary arteries. The ultrasound images are generated in real time and can be used by your consultant to help make sure the correct size coronary stent is inserted and fully expanded, helping to improve blood...

  • Multi-parametric MRI scan of prostate

    Need to know

    A multi-parametric MRI scan is a new imaging technique that can help diagnose prostate cancer. It produces high-definition images of the prostate which help identify and locate a prostate tumour. MRI stands for 'magnetic resonance imaging'. It is an imaging technique that uses strong magnetic field...

  • Renal ultrasound

    Need to know

    A renal ultrasound is a simple scan that can be carried out to produce images of your bladder, kidneys and prostate (in men). It lets us check the size, shape and health of these organs, and can help us to diagnose a range of conditions, like kidney stones, urinary incontinence and any narrowing of the...

  • Ultrasound imaging

    Need to know

    An ultrasound can be used to help diagnose conditions, monitor the progress of unborn babies and for guidance during a variety of procedures, such as biopsies. As sounds waves are used rather radiation, an ultrasound scan is believed to be a safe procedure.  This type of scan is carried out using...

  • Ultrasound during pregnancy

    Need to know

    An ultrasound scan sends sound waves through your womb (uterus), these waves bounce off your baby as echoes. The echoes are recorded and translated into an image on a screen that will show your baby, how its positioned and its movements. Ultrasound scans are painless and have no side effects, you can...

  • Thyroid scan

    Need to know

    The thyroid is a gland in the neck. It can be affected by several diseases. You can test for these in a thyroid scan, which is a type of nuclear medicine imaging. Our clinicians have experience of all aspects of thyroid disease and offer diagnostic services and treatment for every thyroid condition.

Our radiologists

Our consultant radiologists specialise in diagnostic and treatment techniques using the latest imaging technology.
MRI scan

Our locations

Our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics provides diagnostic scanning throughout London and Manchester. Each facility offers different scanning services in relation to the specialist services they offer.

  • London Bridge Hospital

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments & Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773

  • The Princess Grace Hospital

    42-52 Nottingham Place

    London W1U 5NY

    Appointments 020 7908 8001
    General enquiries 020 7486 1234

  • The Wellington Hospital - South Building

    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 020 7586 5959
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7483 5348

  • The HSC exterior

    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London  W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7935 7700
    General enquiries 020 7034 8181
    Post COVID Recovery service 020 7034 6602

  • The Portland Hospital

    The Portland Hospital

    205 - 209 Great Portland Street

    London

    W1W 5AH

    Children's enquiries 020 7390 8020
    Maternity enquiries 020 7390 6068
    Gynaecology enquiries 020 7390 6200

  • The Christie Private Care

    Wilmslow Road

    Manchester M20 4BX

    General enquiries 0161 918 7296
    Existing patients 0161 918 7538
    Insurance & Pricing 0161 446 3480

  • HCA UK at The Wilmslow Hospital

    52-54 Alderley Road

    Wilmslow

    SK9 1NY

    Appointments 020 7483 5148
    General enquiries 01615 160 961

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    HCA UK at The Shard

    The Shard, 32 St Thomas Street

    London

    SE1 9BS

    Call 020 3131 6888
    Opening hours 7:30 - 20:00 Monday - Friday

  • Elstree facility

    The Wellington Hospital Elstree Waterfront

    The Waterfront Business Park

    Beaufort House, Elstree Road, Elstree WD6 3BS

    Call 020 3907 4500

Contact us about diagnostic scans

If you have been referred for a scan by a GP or consultant, our advisors can help with booking your diagnostic scan and answer any queries you may have.

020 7079 4344
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