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Radiology

Radiology is the branch of medicine by which clinicians visualise the internal organs and structures, in order to diagnose illness, disease, and fractures; the images obtained form the basis of treatments and monitoring.

The radiology service in east Kent has undergone a rapid period of development - which includes extended routine opening hours, giving people the freedom and flexibility, to have their diagnostic examination on a day and at a time that suits them. The roles of staff have also been developed, to provide a constant first class service for our patients.

The Directorate service covers the three main hospital sites, Kent and Canterbury, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, and the William Harvey Hospital. Services are also provided at Buckland Hospital, Royal Victoria Hospital, Herne Bay Hospital and Deal.

We have introduced an extension to the service provided by radiology for patients by introducing longer opening hours at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, and the William Harvey Hospital.

Routine service

MRI, CT and general x-ray

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm
  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 8am – 4pm.

Please note:  We provide a 24/7 emergency service for general x-ray and CT scans.

We would encourage GP patients to attend the department for ‘walk-in’ appointments for general x-ray. Details of walk -in appointment times and locations can be found below:

Kent & Canterbury Hospital, William Harvey Hospital and Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital:  8am – 10am every day and 4pm – 7.30pm Monday to Friday. These are the periods of when the department is less busy with clinics and therefore would enable us to provide quicker turnaround times for patients.

Buckland Hospital, Deal Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone: 9am - 5pm.

Ultrasound (Please note: This is not a walk-in service)

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 6pm (QEQM, WHH and K&C)
  • Monday to Friday: 9am - 5pm (Buckland, Deal and Royal Victoria, Folkestone)
  • Saturday and Sunday: 8am – 4pm (QEQM and WHH)
  • Saturday and Sunday: morning only (K&C)
  • Bank Holidays: 8am – 4pm (all sites).

Facilities

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Image of a patient about to have a CT scan
A patient about to have a CT scan

CT scans

A CT (computed tomography) scan is an x-ray test that lets us look at your body more accurately than is possible using normal x-rays, by producing a cross-section or slice of the body.

CT is used for scanning most parts of the body, including the brain, chest, abdomen, pelvis and sometimes the bones and joints.

The scanner itself looks rather like a huge ‘ring doughnut’ with a table moving through it. During the scan, the table moves backwards and forwards to allow the scanner to take picture of the body

We have installed two Siemens flash CT scanners; they produce the best image quality at the lowest achievable radiation dose. These new scanners also enable radiology to undertake new imaging capabilities, for example, within stroke and cardiac specialities and enable faster scanning for the more vulnerable patient in our care.


 
MRI: The Patient Experience
A video for patients - MRI: The Patient Experience

MRI scan

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which uses a very strong magnet, radio frequency waves and a sophisticated computer, to produce detailed images not available from conventional x-rays. MRI scans can demonstrate detailed anatomy and pathology assisting in the diagnosis of complex illnesses and musculo-skeletal problems.

The Trust currently has three static MRI scanners located on the main hospital sites with a mobile scanner at the Kent and Canterbury. This scanner is relocated to other sites, when necessary  We are intending to replace the MRI scanner at the WHH with leading edge technology ater this year.


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Image of the PET/CT scanner at Kent and Canterbury Hospital
PET/CT scanner at Kent and Canterbury Hospital

PET/CT scans

A new PET/CT service for the patients in east Kent has begun in the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. This specialist technology is mainly used for specific cancers, but will also have a major impact on the diagnosis of conditions such as dementia and in cardiology.

Patients will no longer have to travel to Maidstone.


Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a radiological technique, which is available on the three main sites. This technique gives a real time video image on television monitors using x-rays. It is useful for seeing dynamic bodily functions, such as the swallowing action. We use a range of dyes which can be drunk or introduced through a variety of catheters depending on the part of the body. The equipment is a gentle giant which can move all around you and your examination will either be standing up or lying on the table. We also use Fluoroscopy in theatres for procedures such as stent insertion.

  • Barium swallows – looking at the oesophagus
  • Barium meals – looking at the stomach
  • Barium follow through – looking at the small bowel
  • Barium enema – looking at the large bowel
  • Herniograms – looking for abdominal hernias
  • Saliograms – looking at salivary glands
  • Dacrocystograms – looking at the tear ducts
  • IVU – looking at kidneys.

Ultrasound

An ultrasound scan is a picture of part of the inside of the body using sound waves of a frequency above the audible range of the human ear. A small hand-held sensor, which is pressed carefully against the skin surface, generates sound waves and detects any echoes reflected back off the surfaces and tissue boundaries of internal organs. The sensor can be moved over the skin to view the organ from different angles, the pictures being displayed on a screen and recorded for subsequent study. Most people think that this type of scan is only used for examining the unborn child but its use is widespread in medical practice.

Ultrasound images complement other forms of scans and are widely used for many different parts of the body. They can also be used to study blood flow and to detect any narrowing or blockage of blood vessels, for example, in the neck.

An ultrasound scan is also occasionally used for intimate examinations; for example, of the prostate gland in men or of the womb or ovaries in women. For some of these examinations, it may be necessary to place an ultrasound probe in the vagina or the rectum to look at internal structures. If you are having an intimate examination, the radiologist will describe the procedure to you, and your consent will be sought.


X-ray

An x-ray is a picture of the internal structures of the body produced by exposure to a controlled source of x-rays and generally recorded on a sensitive photographic film.

Not all x-ray images will actually be recorded on film, but may be kept in digital form, and shown on a computer screen.

Our consultants

 

NameJob titleSpecialty
Abdel-Hadi, Dr AhConsultant RadiologistMedical Imaging
Banavali, Dr ShekharConsultant RadiologistRadiology
Bertoni, Dr Miguel AngelConsultant Neuroradiologist, Senior...Neuroradiology, Magnetic Resonance...
Elton, Dr Paul Radiology ConsultantRadiology
Entwisle, Dr KateConsultant RadiologistRadiology
Giancola, Dr Giorgio Consultant RadiologistRadiology
Greenhalgh, Dr AnneConsultant Radiologist, Clinical...General Radiology, Breast radiology
Hadjali, Dr RachedConsultant RadiologistRadiology
Lakshmaiah, Dr Siddappa Consultant RadiologistGeneral Radiology
Lashkari, Dr Kayoze Consultant RadiologistRadiology

Getting to our hospitals

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Contacting departments

Radiographers and clerical staff will be available on the numebrs listed below at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 8am – 8pm

  • Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays: 8am – 4pm.

Telephone numbers

Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Canterbury

  • Radiology reception: 01227 864249

  • Administration manager: 01227 783033

Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, Margate

  • Radiology reception: 01843 235031 

  • Administration manager: 01843 234345.

William Harvey Hospital, Ashford

  • Radiology reception: 01233 616032   

  • Administration manager: 01233 616727.

Buckland Hospital, Dover

  • X-ray office: 01304 222656

Royal Victoria Hospital, Folkestone

  • X-ray reception: 01303 854413

Victoria Hospital, Deal

  • X-ray reception: 01304 865416

Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital, Herne Bay

  • X-ray reception: 01227 594707

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