The inpatient x-ray is situated in waiting area 4 for plain
radiography examinations. We see 12,675 patients a year, however we
hope to increase this number with the help of two extra porters who
are critical to the flow of patients in and out of the department.
Inpatient work includes plain film, mobile work and theatre.
There are six mobile x-ray units which are situated on critical
care, outside the lifts near ward 3, outside the AM block lift, on
ward 36/37, near ward 12 and one kept in the radiology department
for use by A&E. 24 hour theatre cover is provided for cases
requiring x-ray support (covering up to 3 at any one time).
We also have a fluoroscopy room (room 12) which is supervised by
GI radiographers who are advanced practitioners. 2,964 outpatients
are booked into the fluoroscopy room a year, and inpatients are
scheduled within a week from referral. GI radiographers have a
mixture of radiographer lead sessions, lists with registrars and
speech therapists (SALT team).
Procedures Done in the Department
- Plain x-rays and the very occasional Intravenous Urogram
- Theatre cases (orthopaedics, urology and general surgery)
- Mobile x-rays are used, where radiographers go to the ward for
inpatients who are too unwell to attend for departmental
Fluoroscopy room for :-
- GI procedures:
- Barium /water soluble enemas
- Barium swallows/ meal examinations
- Barium follow through examinations
- Small bowel enemas
- Hysterosalpingograms, cystograms
- Video swallows with the SALT
- Arthrograms and hydrodilatations are performed by
musculoskeletal (MSK) consultants
By referring clinicians or authorized nurse practitioners
(non-medical referrers). A clinical referral is made to the
radiology department and picked up by the inpatient team and
justified prior to the patient being booked.
Theatre and mobile x-ray referrals are requested in the same way
as inpatient x-ray.
Relatives and Escorts
No relatives, except partners accompanying ladies for
hysterosalpingograms, are allowed into the imaging room.
Nurse escorts should accompany patients coming from the wards at
Any Tests/ Preparations Needed
Fluoroscopy patients need preparation depending on their
examination. Click on the blue links above for details.
Alternatively, paper copies of these leaflets are available from
the radiology main reception.
Checking for Pregnancy
All females between 12 and 55 years are required to have a blood
pregnancy test if their last menstrual period (LMP) is over 28
days. If attending the department for test involving a higher dose
of radiation, for example a barium enema, a 10 day rule applies
whereby they will be required to have a blood pregnancy test if
their last LMP is over 10 days.
Hysterosalpingogram patients must have a negative pregnancy test
or must have abstained from sex until the date of their appointment
which is generally between 10-20 days of their LMP.
All patients should inform us if they are diabetic.
Ward/ Theatre Preparation for Inpatient Scans
A transfer of care document identifies all queries that we need
to know about patients prior to them coming for a procedure e.g.
does the patient require oxygen or are they travelling in a trolley
or bed? Every ward is contacted for each patient prior to an x-ray
in order to obtain the information to fill out the transfer of care
document and to make arrangements for the patient's transfer.
Theatre staff should inform radiographers of theatre cases 20
minutes before requiring our services, so we have time to
We are situated in the Clinical Radiology Department at
Manchester Royal Infirmary. You can find us in the Viewing Area 4,
Main X-Ray Department in the Purple Zone of MRI.
08:00 hours - 17:00 hours Monday to Friday. After this time
skeleton staff decant to viewing area 1. Out of hour urgencies are
performed in viewing area 1 between 17:00hrs and 08:00hrs the
Extension 64373 for in patient x-ray
GI radiographers bleep 8546
Team lead bleep 9274
Team Leader: Sharon Glass
3 x GI Advanced practitioners (room 12): Roy Craven, Andrew Mort
and Marie Davidson-Bamford.
Mixture of band 7, 6 and 5 radiographers.
Radiographic department assistants (RDAs) are also
Out of hours urgent plain x-rays for Saint Mary's may be
performed by the children's department; please contact MRI
Radiology to discuss, please click here for more
Any other Saint Mary's patients who can come down for
departmental imaging attend viewing area 1 in the x-ray