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Radiology (Xray)

Our services

Contact: (0191) 282 4115 - Gordon Kirkup, Radiology Directorate Manager

Our Radiology teams provide an expert imaging service at the Freeman, Royal Victoria Infirmary and Walkergate Hospital, carrying out somewhere in the region of 340,000 examinations a year.  There is 24/7 expert emergency and trauma imaging, including rapid access to CT scanning.


We receive patients from across the North East for the more complex examinations that are only carried out in our hospitals.  Our highly specialised Consultant Radiologists are often asked to give second opinions on images referred by consultants from other local hospitals.

Patient having a MammogramOur Radiology team also provides the Breast Screening Service for Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland, Derwentside and North Cumbria, examining nearly 50,000 women each year. In the latest national statistics the Newcastle Breast Screening Service was ranked in the top four in the country for clinical excellence.

We continue to invest in the most modern digital technology, so that healthcare professionals using our service have instant access to images and results for their patients.  We are currently rolling out a programme offering GPs in Newcastle immediate, secure access to their patients’ imaging results, allowing your doctor to treat you faster and better. 

  3-D MRI of Arteries in the Abdomen    CT Scan 

Our Radiology team also hosts nationally recognised and highly successful training programmes for Radiologists and Radiographers from across the UK.

Comprehensive imaging service portfolio

Patients can be referred for examination by our own medical and dental staff, consultants at other hospitals, GPs or other healthcare professionals. We provide the following imaging services:   

  • General X-ray eg chest, abdomen, skeleton - available at all our hospitals
  • A nationally recognised ultrasound service including specialised endoscopic and musculo-skeletal ultrasound - at all hospitals
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scanning at all hospitals, with particular expertise in all forms of cancer imaging
  • Fluoroscopy (eg a barium meal or enema) - at all hospitals
  • Mammography or other breast diagnosis - at the RVI
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) including spectroscopy, perfusion and diffusion (advanced techniques which provide additional functional information) - at the Freeman and RVI
  • A comprehensive Interventional Radiological service providing both diagnosis and treatment (eg angiography and aortic stent insertion or bleeding vessel embolisation) - at the Freeman and RVI
  • CT PET Scanning PET CT (Positron Emission Tomography) scanning plays a prominent role in the treatment and diagnosis of cancer in patients across the North East. This service is currently provided at the Freeman Hospital by Alliance Medical, an independent sector supplier. A PET CT service is operated by the Nuclear Medicine Department at the Centre For Ageing and Vitality (formerly Newcastle General Hospital). 
  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging - a Nuclear Medicine service carrying out a wide range of routine and specialist procedures provided at the Freeman Hospital and RVI.
  • Bone Mineral Assessment – the bone mineral assessment service at the Freeman Hospital is operated by the Nuclear Medicine Department
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