The plain-film service at MRI performs around 200,000
examinations each year. Referrals are made by the Emergency and
Outpatient departments within MRI and requests are also received
from St. Mary's hospital, the Royal Eye Hospital and also from GP
practices across Greater Manchester. Examinations are performed by
radiographers and reported on by either a radiographer or a
Most examinations are performed in the department by using one
of seven x-ray rooms. We can also perform examinations in the
resuscitation room in the Emergency Department for patients who are
too unwell to transfer to our department. Most examinations only
take a few minutes to perform. Waiting times can be variable due to
the open access nature of the service but all patients seen are
prioritised on the basis of clinical need.
Procedures Done in the Department
All plain-film examinations, including dental examinations.
Photographs of the Equipment
For Emergency Department referrals we offer a 24/7 service.
For Outpatient Department referrals we have an open access
system where no appointments are necessary. These examinations can
be performed Mon-Fri 9am-5pm only, unless by prior agreement.
For patients referred to us from GP practices, we have an
extended hours open access system (patients can attend Mon-Fri 8am
- 8pm and Saturday mornings 8am - 1pm).
Relatives and Escorts
A second person is allowed into the room only when a patients
requires them due to their clinical condition or communication
problems. This is to comply with radiation protection
Any Tests/ Preparations Needed
Very few patients need to have any preparation prior to their
examination. Patients who are having examinations of their chest,
abdomen, spine or pelvis may need to get changed for their
examination. The radiographer performing the examination will
advise on this at the time of the examination and provide a gown if
required. Jewellery may also need to be removed if it will overlie
the area being examined.
Main x-ray department, Main Xray, Purple Zone
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
See information under 'Admission Information' heading.
Superintendent Radiographer: Jon Kitching
Phone Ext 65492
For clinical enquiries: Phone Ext 68580/68593, bleep 8580 out of
Appointments are not necessary for plain film examinations as
all patients can use the open access Mon-Fri 9am-5pm service after
a referral has been made. If it is not possible for a patient to
attend during these hours the radiology booking office is
contactable on ext 66083 to make alternative arrangements.
We have a large team of over 30 radiographers who perform a wide
range of plain film examinations. In addition to this, we have a
plain film reporting team of five radiographers who report plain