The MRI has a large ultrasound department currently performing
approx 15,000 examinations per year. We have recently added a new
room making 5 in total. All the rooms have state of the art
ultrasound machines capable of performing routine ultrasound
examinations but also contrast ultrasound, elastography, and
Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse Imaging (ARFI).
The department provides the ultrasound service for the MRI and
Dental Hospital, with CMFT being a tertiary referral centre for
several disciplines including hepato-biliary and head and neck. We
also support the regional tranplantation centre for both
transplanted kidney and pancreas.
Procedures Done in the Department
The department performs all abdominal, pelvic and small
parts examinations. Biopsies, drainages, aspirations and
therapeutic injections are also undertaken. It also provides a full
MSK service including biopsy for the regional sarcoma MDT.
Both in and out patient examinations are performed by
referral via ICE. There is limited GP access. Examinations
are prioritiesd by the clinical details provided and these should
include all relevant information including any previous significant
history e.g. operations, cancer.
Inpatient Waiting Times
Waiting times for inpatients waiting for US scans are measured
January 2016 average inpatient waiting time for US: 1.4
70% of the total number of patients were scanned between 0-1
82% of the total number of patients were scanned between 0-2
Relatives and Escorts
Relatives and escorts (non medical) are not routinely allowed
into the examination room. This final decision will always be at
the discretion of the sonographer.
Any Tests/ Preparations Needed
Several different preparations are required depending on the
- Upper abdomen requires the patient to be starved for 6
- Renal tract and pelvis examinations need the patient to have a
very full bladder (to drink at least 2 pints of fluid approx 1 hour
prior to the examination)
- Biopsies and drainage examinations need a clotting profile and
full blood count (INR less than 1.5 usually required and platelet
count of more than 60)
Ultrasound Department, Main Xray, Purple Zone
Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL
Core hours are Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. 24 hour emergency
cover is provided by contact with the on call radiologist who is
contactable via switch board.
Appointment enquiries: 0161 276 4702
Urgencies only: 0161 276 5067
Fax: 0161 276 4701
Urgent cases should preferably be discussed directly with the
This is a consultant led service staffed by fully qualified CASE
accredited HPC registered sonographers. The department also has
several radiographic assistants (RDAs) who support the clinical
Lynn Kenderdine, Superintendent Sonographer Lynn.Kenderdine@cmft.nhs.uk
The department has a commitment to provide teaching to both
sonography students and radiology SPRs.