Papworth Hospital’s radiology service has a key role in the diagnosis of all cardiothoracic conditions. The service uses state-of-the art imaging technology and facilities include a CT and MRI scanner. The Radiology Department images over 50,000 patients each year.
Radiology services include
Papworth Hospital’s CT service comprises of two CT scanners: one is a 64 slice dual source CT (Siemens Definition) situated in the Diagnostic Centre and one is a 4 slice CT (Siemens plus 4 Volume Zoom) situated in the Chest Medical Unit. Although it is predominately a cardiac and thoracic service, we perform a wide variety of CT examinations (including intervention and research). We provide CT imaging for all wards and departments at Papworth Hospital including thoracic oncology, thoracic medicine, cystic fibrosis, transplant, cardiology plus both cardiac and thoracic surgery. Limited referrals are also received from other hospitals.
Papworth Hospital has one bone densitometry scanner.
Bronchoscopy procedures are performed in the radiology screening room in the Chest Medical Unit and require a team of radiology nurses, a HCSW, a radiographer and a chest physician. Under sedation a fibre optic bronchoscope is passed through the nose or mouth into the lungs. Various diagnostic tests, including biopsy, endobronchial ultrasound, Autofluorescence, and interventional procedures including cryotherapy and stenting are undertaken. In addition the department undertakes medical thorocoscopy, the implantation of vena cava filters and a variety of indwelling lines and ports.
Nuclear Medicine specialises predominantly in nuclear cardiology studies, investigating heart disease whilst also offering a range of general nuclear medicine procedures such as bone and lung scanning.
Access to services
The Radiology Department operates on a five day week for booked cases, offering a clinical service to the local and visiting cardiologists, chest physicians, oncologists, transplant and surgical teams and provides 24 hour cover for emergencies. Direct access to a range of imaging tests is available to GPs and hospital clinicians from other Trusts.
Outside of normal working hours (Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm) emergency cover is provided by an on-site radiographer.
Radiology facilities include
The Radiology Department is well-equipped and fully digital with PACS for all imaging modalities as follows:
- 1 dual-source 64-slice scanner
- 1 4-slice scanner
- 1 bone densitometry scanner
- General radiography
- 2 CR general radiography units.
- 1 DR general radiography unit
- 4 AMX mobile radiography units
- 1 cardiac optimised 1.5T MRI scanner
- 1 non-cardiac intervention/bronchoscopy suite
- 1 mobile image intensifier (theatre)
- Nuclear medicine suite
- 2 dual-headed gamma cameras
- 2 cardiac stress rooms
- 1 isotope preparation room
- 2 ultrasound units (with colour Doppler)
The multi-disciplinary team of approx 100 staff includes highly-skilled radiologists, radiographers, specialist nurses and other support staff. As the cardiac angiography suites (cath labs) are located in radiology, we work closely alongside our cardiology colleagues.
The directorate is managed by our clinical director, Dr Nick Screaton, Directorate manager, Laura Cook and radiology manager Richard Rowlands.
The radiology directorate provides a friendly working environment, and maintains a continual interest in quality; audit, research and patient-centred care (see our current vacancies). We welcome informal enquiries and would be delighted to provide further information upon request. For further information please visit Working and Papworth and Education and learning.
For radiographers & radiology assistants, please contact Richard Rowlands or Carole White.
For radiology nurses and healthcare support workers, please contact sister Katy Leng.
For general enquires: 01480 364871 or 01480 364432
X-ray Reception: 01480 364430
PACS Office: 01480 364433
- Bone Densitometry: 01480 36 4848
- CT: 01480 364842
- MRI: 01480 364843
- Nuclear Medicine: 01480 364808
- X-ray & Ultrasound: 01480 364431
Frequently asked questions and patient information leaflets
The procedures at Papworth Hospital include cardiac CT, coronary angiography, MRI and nuclear cardiology.
Computerised tomography or ‘CT’ is a special type of X-ray that uses a computer to create cross-sectional (or slice-like) pictures of the body. The CT scanner is a large X-ray machine that has a short, open-ended tube in the middle (like a polo mint).
A coronary angiogram will find out whether you have narrowing or blockage of the coronary arteries or any problems with your heart valves or heart pump. The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic injected into the skin. A small tube (catheter) is passed into your artery in your groin (or occasionally the arm) through a fine tube. Using X-rays, the catheter is directed through the blood vessels into the heart. A "dye" is then injected into the catheter which highlights the arteries supplying the heart.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging - also known as an MRI scan - is a technique which produces detailed pictures of your internal organs. It is a type of diagnostic imaging test which makes pictures using a high powered magnet and radio waves. It is extremely useful showing defects in the structure of the heart, coronary heart disease and can show how the heart is working.
A small amount of radioisotope is administered by a small injection usually into a vein at the elbow. The blood then transports the radioisotope to the organ/system being observed. The radioisotope can be imaged using a gamma camera and these images are reported by a nuclear cardiologist or radiologist.
Although you are given appointment times, the amount of time taken to complete each individual patient’s examination can be quite variable, so please ensure that you set aside plenty of time for your visit.
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