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Radiology

 Rad1 Vicky Riley Consultant Radiographer

Our radiology department provides scans, x-rays and procedures to diagnose a range of conditions.

You might come across our services if you are in hospital and your doctor wants you to have some tests done. You can also be referred to us by your GP.

Our radiology services

We provide scanning and diagnostic tests in acute and community hospitals across the county.

Plain x-rays

We provide plain x-rays at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital as well as in community hospitals in Evesham, Malvern, Bromsgrove and Tenbury.

An x-ray takes a picture of the inside of a body part. It involves a small dose of radiation to the area to be examined. 

You may be asked to change into an x-ray gown for some examinations.

The radiographer will position you for the x-ray. This may be standing, lying or sitting down.

Most x-rays take about 10 minutes, but may be longer if multiple areas are requested.

Walk-in service

If your GP has referred you to our walk-in x-ray service, you can attend at any of the above locations.

Ultrasound scans

We provide ultrasound scans at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital as well as in community hospitals in Evesham, Malvern and Bromsgrove.

An ultrasound examination obtains a picture of the inside of the body without the use of x-rays. It involves high frequency sound waves, which are transmitted through the skin and reflected by the internal organs. These echoes form a picture on the screen, which can be examined for any abnormality. There is no pain from an ultrasound examination.

Many parts of the body can be investigated by ultrasound, but the technique is commonly used to examine the abdominal organs, pelvis, heart and major blood vessels. Other areas, which may be examined, include the breasts, testes and thyroid gland.

Most pregnancies are also monitored by ultrasound examination to assess the age, health and position of the unborn baby.

CT scans

We provide Computerised Tomography (CT or CAT scans) at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre,Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

A CT scan shows detailed images of any part of the body, muscles, fat and organs and contain more detailed than standard x-rays.

New CT scanners, offering the highest standard of scanning with the lowest dose of radiation possible, have been recently installed at the Alexandra and Kidderminster hospitals. 

MRI scans

We provide Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

MRI is an imaging technique using a strong magnetic field to produce high quality images. MRI can be used to image any part of the body and is particularly good for imaging soft tissue. It does not use x-rays so is not considered to be harmful.

Our MRI scanners at Kidderminster and Worcester provide the highest quality of images, increased accuracy of results and reduced examination times for our patients. The average time it takes for an MRI scan is now around 20 minutes.

We are now starting a project to replace the current machine at the Alexandra Hospital with a new state-of-the-art scanner. This continues our investment to improve our imaging services across the county. 

Our systems have been tailored to offer the greatest level of comfort for you and an illuminated 'MoodLight' is available to help reduce any anxiety you may experience by producing a relaxing ambience in the room.

Breast screening / mammography

We provide mammography at the Alexandra Hospital in Redditch, Kidderminster Hospital and Treatment Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

A mammogram is an x-ray taken by gently compressing the breast tissue between two flat surfaces. Compression ensures the image is clear and provide a high level of information.

The main base for the county's breast screening service is the Princess of Wales Community Hospital.

Ladies aged 50 – 70 are invited for breast screening once every three years. 

Any woman aged over 70 can request screening every three years by calling the screening unit on 01527 488055 to make an appointment. Not every woman will receive an appointment as soon as she is 50 but will receive her first appointment before her 53rd birthday. 

Other services

We also provide fluroscopy, inventional urology, nuclear medicine, DEXA and interventional vascular services.

Our radiology departments

We have radiology departments across the county's acute and community hospitals including: Alexandra Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Meet the radiology team

Walk-in x-rays

The following walk-in x-ray services are available if you have been referred to us by your GP.

The hospitals include: Alexandra Hospital, Kidderminster Hospital and Worcestershire Royal Hospital.

Radiology information leaflets

Radiology team