CT stands for Computerised Tomography and the CT scanner can be thought of
as a very sophisticated x-ray machine. The CT Scanning Department
at the Manchester Royal Infirmary provides a comprehensive 24 hour,
7 days a week service to the Trust. We work closely with all areas
of the hospital including the emergency department, wards,
outpatient departments, endoscopy and psychiatric services. The
service scans approximately 24,000 patients a year.
We currently have two GE Scanners:
- An Optima 660 Scanner (installed June 2014)
- A LightSpeed VCT (due to be replaced 2015)
The service is staffed by experienced and professional cross
sectional radiographers and radiographic helpers (RDAs) who are
more than happy to answer any questions you may have about CT
Procedures Done in the Department
The CT scanning department provides an extensive range of CT scan examinations
covering all areas of the body including:
- Head and Neck
- Body Scanning (Chest, Abdomen & Pelvis)
- CT Colonography
- CT Angiography
- Extremity Scanning
- CT Guided Biopsies
- CT Guided Ablations
- CT DEXA
Photograph of Equipment
Optima 660 Scanner
The decision to refer a patient for a CT scan can be made by a
referring doctor or specialist nurse/ specialist allied health
professional (who must be registered as a non-medical referrers).
Referrals must be made via ICE. All referral requests are vetted
for their suitability by the radiologists and specialist
Appointments are given on an inpatient & outpatient basis
depending on the needs of the patient.
Please note that we have a busy emergency department, we are a
major trauma centre and an acute hospital and as such scanning
priority will be given to patients requiring the most urgent
medical care. This may mean a delay to a patient's appointment
time. We ask that patients are patient as we will get round to
scanning them as soon as we possibly can.
Inpatient Waiting Times
Waiting times for inpatients waiting for CT scans are measured
January 2016 average inpatient waiting time for CT:
70% of the total number of patients were scanned between 0-1
80% of the total number of patients were scanned between 0-2
Relatives and Escorts
To maintain patient confidentiality and to comply with local rules we only
allow relatives into the examination room under exceptional
circumstances. In each case, the needs of the patient will be
considered and access will be at the discretion of the radiographer
performing the examination.
Any Tests/ Preparations Needed
Patients may be asked to undress or remove items prior to their
scan. A hospital gown will be provided if required.
Checking for Pregnancy
Ladies who are of child bearing age and are undergoing CT
examinations that involve us irradiating their abdomen or pelvis
will be asked to attend within the first 10 days of their menstrual
cycle unless there is a reason that they cannot fall pregnant, for
example, having undergone a hysterectomy. Please contact/ advise
your patient to contact the department if they are unsure.
Those patients who do not speak English must be accompanied by a
trust interpreter - unfortunately we cannot use family members as
interpreters. Outpatients are advised of this in the appointment
letter and the interpreter is booked by the booking team when they
make a patient's appointment. The relevant ward books the
interpreters for all inpatients requiring an interpreter.
CT Colonography Preparation
If undergoing a CT Colonography, the patient may be required to
drink a contrast media to highlight their bowel prior to the
examination. It is imperative that the instructions sent to the
patent in their appointment letter are followed. CT Colonography is
a complex test and requires a considerable amount of preparation
prior to a patient turning up for an examination. Click here for an
information leaflet that can be shared with your patient about the
preparation required. All patients will be asked to attend a
pre-assessment clinic to check things like kidney function, weight,
how to take their medication and to give advice on the diet they
are required to follow. Patients will receive their special
medication and appointment letter at the pre-assessment clinic.
You may require an injection of contrast media to highlight
their blood vessels and internal organs, if so they will be asked
several questions by either a radiographer or radiographic helper
prior to the examination. This process allows us to determine
whether it is safe for us to give them the contrast media. On rare
occasions it may be necessary for us to cancel a CT scan on the day
and to ask the patient to return at a later date when they have
drank plenty of water 48 hours prior to their scan. This is to
ensure their scan is carried out as safely as possible.
We are situated in the Clinical Radiology Department at
Manchester Royal Infirmary, ground floor in the Purple Zone.
The core hours of the CT Scanning Department are 8am to 8pm, 7
days a week. We run a comprehensive on-call service outside of
these core hours. 8pm until 8am Monday to Friday an on-call
radiographer will be called in from home for urgent CT scans.
Friday 8pm until Monday 8am a residential radiographer is on site
for urgent inpatient or major trauma CT scans.
Inpatient appointment enquiries 0161 276 4676
Outpatient appointment enquiries 0161 276 6083/8601
Report enquiries : 0161 276 4457
CT Scanning Department, Main X-Ray, Purple Zone, Manchester
Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
Lead Radiographer: Stuart Clark
The department is run by a team of Radiographers who rotate
through cross sectional imaging
Patients are asked to please let the radiographers know if they
are, or may be, pregnant prior to their scan.
If a patient has had a previous reaction to iodinated contrast
media, they are asked to inform the radiographers prior to their