Radiology (Scans and X-rays)

Radiology (Scans and X-rays)

The Diagnostic Imaging department is always expanding with service developments.  We are keen to widen our resources, therefore if you are interested in working with us please email: 


The diagnostic imaging department (also known as radiology and X-ray), is one of the largest departments in Musgrove Park Hospital. The majority of examinations are performed in the main X-ray department, situated in the Duchess Building. In addition to this, the mammography suite can be found opposite the breast care centre in the Old Building.

The diagnostic imaging department provides a wide range of diagnostic examinations, with a variety of imaging modalities. These examinations include plain radiography (X-rays), ultrasound, fluoroscopy (X-ray screening), computed tomography (CT scan), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan), nuclear medicine, angiography, mammography and obstetric scanning.
The majority of examinations are performed during normal office hours, although the diagnostic imaging department does provide a number of on-call emergency, services to the hospital including radiography, CT, MRI and ultrasound scans. These scans can be requested by hospital doctors, 24 hours a day, but will only be performed in emergency cases.

Sometimes we plan for our systems to go down so we can undertake maintenance. To see our policy about steps that are taken when this occurs, click here for our primary and acute care systems (PACS) and click here for our radiology information system (RIS). Our policy for out-of-hours radiology requests is here.


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What you need to know about your X-Ray?


Your doctor or clinical specialist has referred you to the Imaging Department for an X-Ray.  He or she believes the procedure is important in helping with your diagnosis and the benefit of diagnosis is much greater than the risk from the small dose of radiation you will receive.

 Each X-Ray request is carefully checked by trained Imaging professionals to ensure it is the right test for you.

 Occasionally we may use your anonymised images to aid teaching and research. Please speak to a member of staff if you wish us not to do this.

 We make sure that the radiation dose and risk is kept as low as practicable.

 Being exposed to x-rays carries a risk of causing cancer many years or decades after exposure. We are all at risk of developing cancer quite naturally. Your examination today will only add very slightly to this overall lifetime risk. The benefit from the examination in helping with your diagnosis will far outweigh this extra risk.

 If you would like to know more, you might find the following websites useful:


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