Our Radiology department undertakes more than 400,000 examinations a year. With over 400 staff working in Radiology (Radiologists, Radiographers, Assistants, Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Practitioners and Administration/Secretarial staff), the department is a very busy one.
The Imaging department at Cromer District Hospital provides plain film X-ray, MRI, Ultrasound, Breast Screening and Bone Densitometry (DXA) services.
Norfolk Centre for Interventional Radiology
The Norfolk Centre for Interventional Radiology opened in Autumn 2020, providing minimally invasive procedures using advanced radiological image guidance (x-rays, ultrasound and CT). Risk to patients is generally lower and recovery times faster than open surgery. Find out more.
Services offered within the Radiology Department include:
- Interventional Radiology (IRU)
- CT (Computerised Tomography) scanning
- MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
- Ultrasound (general, antenatal and vascular scanning)
- Plain Film X-ray (referred from GPs, hospital clinics and for inpatients)
- Plain Film X-ray (Emergency Department)
- Plain Film X-ray (dental)
- Fluoroscopic procedures (barium studies)
- DXA (Bone Densitometry)
- Breast Imaging & Screening.
The Trust, including the Cromer District Hospital site, utilises the PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System), a digital imaging display and storage system. This enables images to be viewed anywhere in the hospital, so that doctors and healthcare professionals have easy access to the imaging examinations they have requested.
All X-ray and scan requests are made electronically on a system called ICE. This allows Doctors, Nurses, Physiotherapists and other non-medical referrers both in the Trust and from GP surgeries to refer you easily and quickly for your imaging investigation.
Your X-ray or scan images will be looked at by reporting Radiologists, Radiographers or Sonographers. These reports are sent electronically via the ICE system to the healthcare professional or Doctor who referred you.
If you have been referred by your GP or Consultant, you will be contacted either by phone or letter to be given an appointment. We aim to give you an appointment within 6 weeks for routine X-rays and scans, and within 4 weeks for urgent X-rays or scans (NB: sometimes our Radiologists may change the priority of your examination depending on the clinical information given to us by your doctor).
For most imaging examinations, you will also receive a text message 3-4 days before your appointment, reminding you of the appointment location, date and time.
You may also have your X-ray or scan on the same day you see your Consultant for a consultation. This depends upon the nature of the X-ray or scan, as well as availability of scanners and appointment slots. All requests are prioritised on clinical urgency, and you will always be given the soonest appointment possible. Click here for more information on our One-Stop Clinics.
The Radiology Department also supports the Inpatient and Theatre teams. Surgeons perform certain operations under X-ray guidance. Your Consultant should explain this to you.
The Department is active in research studies.
If your GP has referred you for an X-Ray this year, please know that we have very limited capacity. We ask that you don’t call us as we will send an appointment to you by post as soon as we can. If your condition has changed or your symptoms have worsened, please speak to your GP.
If you’re chasing the results of your X-ray, please speak with your GP or consultant who referred you. We cannot give results to you directly.
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