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Clinical radiology is the use of medical imaging methods to look inside the body to diagnose, treat and monitor diseases and injuries.

At St George’s, the radiology team uses a wide range of imaging methods to detect and diagnose cancer.  These techniques include plain films, ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging as well as molecular imaging techniques. In addition to acquiring and reading scans, the radiology team also runs patient clinics, take biopsy samples and prepare patients for surgery. Real-time imaging can also be used to perform minimally invasive surgery, called interventional radiology.

What do we offer

The radiology team comprises specialist diagnostic and interventional radiologists, expert radiographers and dedicated nursing staff to provide a fully comprehensive imaging service.

The main radiology department at St George’s delivers specialist imaging for almost all of the cancer services offered across the Trust and also those delivered at our community sites in Queen Mary’s Hospital, Roehampton, the Nelson Hospital and St John’s, providing the full range of diagnostic and interventional radiology for patients with possible cancer.

The neuroradiology department based in AMW manages the imaging service for patients with neurological malignancies and both the screening and symptomatic breast imaging services, are co-located in the Rose Centre on the St George’s Hospital and are also separately managed.

There is provision of an on-call radiology service which supports acutely unwell patients at St George’s and those attending via the emergency department.  The interventional radiology team covers the out-of-hours services not only for this Trust but also much of the region including referrals from Kingston and Epsom and St Helier Hospital.

Our nurse-led venous access service helps support cancer treatments by introducing central venous catheters used to administer intravenous chemotherapy agents.

St George’s radiology department has worked with clinical colleagues to ensure it has been at the vanguard of provision of more rapid diagnosis for patients with cancer and has recently implemented the rapid access prostate and the national optimal lung cancer pathways. The department is also at the forefront of sentinel node imaging for more accurate staging of some cancers including melanoma, breast and penile cancers.

For more information regarding radiological clinics, imaging and interventions for the diagnosis of breast cancer, please follow this link:

https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/service/cancer-services/breast-cancer/