Clinical Imaging

About this service

Clinical Imaging is featured in nearly every patient’s healthcare journey, whether as part of a screening or prevention programme, an x-ray to investigate a suspected broken bone, an ultrasound or to guide treatment or procedures.

We use highly specialist equipment to provide a range of procedures, including:

  • Bowel Imaging, as part of the NHS programme and also for patients who have been referred by their clinician.
  • Breast imaging. Screening as part of the NHS programme and when patients are referred by their GP.
  • Computed Tomography (CT) scans to look at organs and soft tissue.
  • DEXA Bone density scans to assess the risk of fracture.
  • Fluoroscopy, which uses x-rays to produce a video to look at the body in ‘real-time’ for example bowel movements or swallowing assessments.
  • Interventional Radiology is used for image-guided treatments, such as angioplasty or stents, which are less invasive than traditional surgery.
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses strong magnetic fields to take detailed pictures of organs and soft tissue.
  • Nuclear Medicine uses a radioactive injection (tracers) to look at the structure or function of parts of the body.
  • Trauma, Acute and General X-ray to look at bones and soft tissues.
  • Ultrasound to take sonar images of the body. Ultrasound is used for a wide range of conditions, including pregnancy scans.
  • Vascular & Cardiac Imaging to diagnose and treat various cardiovascular conditions.

How we store our images

All images obtained are securely stored on our centralised Picture Archive Communications System (PACS). Using our image exchange portal (IEP), the Clinical Imaging team is able to transmit and receive images from further afield. This secure system means that colleagues in hospitals and out in the community can instantly access our images and specialist reports. This service means we can avoid delays and unnecessary repeated procedures.

Imaging Children

We know that x-rays and imaging can be a daunting experience for children, but our team is experienced at putting them at ease. Your child is welcome to bring along a toy or comforter and our friendly team will explain exactly what’s going to happen when they have their special picture taken. We also have certificates and stickers at the ready for after they have been brave!

Policies and forms

Please click here to see all our latest policies and forms.

Contact information

We have facilities at the three Royal Cornwall Hospitals sites in Truro, Hayle and Penzance, and in eight of the county’s community hospitals.

To make, change or cancel an appointment

Type of appointmentTelephone number
CT Scans01872 252290
MRI01872 252290
X-Ray01736 758851 or 01736 874233
Ultrasound01736 874230 or 01872 252290
At the Mermaid Centre for Breast Imaging and Surgical Outpatients01872 252880
Nuclear Medicine01872 252330

If you have a query or are running late for an appointment, please contact the relevant local facility

LocationServicesPhone Number
Royal Cornwall HospitalUltrasound and CT department reception01872 255181
Mermaid Centre reception at Royal Cornwall HospitalBreast Screening and Mammogram01872 252880
West Cornwall HospitalX-ray
01736 874233 or 01736 874230
St Michael’s HospitalX-ray01736 758851
Bodmin HospitalX-ray01208 251576
Bodmin HospitalUltrasound01208 251320
Camborne Redruth Community HospitalX-ray
01209 318015
Falmouth HospitalX-ray01326 430013
Helston HospitalUltrasound01736 874230 or 01872 252290
Newquay HospitalX-ray01637 834822
St Austell HospitalX-ray
01726 873005
Stratton Hospital, BudeX-ray01288 320109
St Mary’s Hospital, Isles of Scilly (Open once a week on a Wednesday)X-ray01720 422392

Where to find us

We have many locations for our imaging services. You will find directions in your appointment letter. Please read the letter carefully before attending your appointment, as each appointment varies and you may have to do specific preparations such as fasting, or coming 30 minutes early for preparation.

If you come to the hospital for an imaging appointment and get lost, please speak to our main reception who will help you find your appointment location.

Information about clinical imaging scans

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Page last reviewed: 9 May 2023

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