The Radiology Department is run by dedicated, experienced and friendly staff with expertise in specific imaging procedures. The department undertakes several imaging procedures to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of many conditions, including X-Ray, CT and MRI scans.

Radiology Services provided:

  • Digital radiographs (plain x-rays) X-rays are very short wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation that are used to produce images of bones and internal organs. X-Rays are used to demonstrate many different areas of the body and can be used to help make a diagnosis in relation to your illness or injury
  • Fluoroscopies with Digital Spot Imaging and Digital Subtraction Angiography We have a dedicated screening room where interventional procedures are undertaken. The most common example of such a procedure is the angiogram where we take x-ray pictures of the blood vessels which supply the legs or heart.
  • CT (Computerised Tomography) Scanning A CT scanner uses x-rays to obtain cross-sectional pictures. Patients can think of the information obtained as a series of slices through whatever area your doctor has asked us to look at.  CT scanning is used for looking at the contents of the chest, abdomen and pelvis and brain. It can provide useful information for patients with Orthopaedic problems and can also be used to provide pictures of the blood system, the heart and the bowel.
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) MRI combines a powerful magnet with radio-frequency pulses to produce cross-sectional pictures of any part of the body without the need for x-rays.  MRI gives highly detailed pictures of the soft tissues within the body.  Whereas an ordinary x-ray produces very good pictures of the bones, an MRI scan can show details of the brain, muscles and ligaments, nerves, blood vessels and internal organs.  MRI doesn't cause any pain or discomfort.
  • Non – Obstetric ultrasound including Doppler studies Ultrasound utilises high frequency sounds rather than x-rays to produce images of the body.  It is used in the imaging of the organs of the abdomen and pelvis as well as for imaging the soft tissues in the neck.  It is also used for patients with muscular-skeletal problems.  A special type of ultrasound called Doppler is used to investigate deep vein thrombosis and diseased arteries

You can view our patient dose leaflet here: Patient Dose Info Leaflet

Contact Us

South Tyneside District Hospital: 0191 404 1000 ext

CT 1089

MRI 3156

Ultrasound 1088

Fluoroscopy/Interventional Radiology 1089

Plain Imaging 1080

Palmer Community Hospital: 0191 451 6000

Sunderland Royal Hospital: Radiology Main Office 0191 5656256 extension 42501

Finding Us

  • South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields
  • Palmer Community Hospital, Jarrow
  • Sunderland Royal Hospital: Most of the department’s main services are operated out of X Ray in the Hylton Road Block on C level. The department is easily accessible from Sunderland Royal Hospital main entrance by taking the stairs or lifts from B level, or through Chester Wing Outpatients Entrance 5.
  • The department also offers services at Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre, Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre and Washington Galleries Primary Care Centre.

Our Team

Divisional General Manager- Jacquie Butterworth

Directorate Manager- Laura Berry

Clinical Director- Jonathon Spratt