Main telephone number:
020 8401 3000

Diagnostic imaging

A comprehensive range of Diagnostic Imaging services are provided at Croydon University Hospital and at Purley War Memorial Hospital.

Find out more including how to refer

Service review

The Diagnostic Imaging departments within Croydon Health Services aim to provide a high quality and responsive service for patients who are referred for imaging procedures from GP practices. Referrals are made using the GP electronic referral system Sunquest Ice

Using state of the art imaging equipment and skilled, experienced staff the department prides itself on offering short waiting times for appointments and a caring, safe environment.

Plain film Radiography is provided as a walk in service at Croydon University Hospital and at Purley War Memorial Hospital with an extended service provided during evenings and weekends at Croydon University Hospital.

Non obstetric ultrasound scanning is by appointment only and is provided at Croydon University Hospital and at Purley War Memorial Hospital

CT Scanning is by appointment only and is provided at Croydon University Hospital

MRI Scanning is by appointment only and is provided at Croydon University Hospital in joint partnership with InHealth.

DEXA scanning is by appointment only and is provided at Purley War Memorial hospital

Breast Imaging is by appointment only and is provided at Croydon University Hospital

Interventional and non interventional fluoroscopy is by appointment only and is provided at Croydon University Hospital

 

We treat

CT

Indications for direct access CT:

  • Report of a direct access imaging investigation advises a CT scan in

order to avoid delays in the patient pathway

  • Headaches according to agreed referral criteria (see below)

Indications for referral for direct access head CT:

Red flag features:

  • New headache with known active or potentially active malignant disease or HIV.
  • New headache with persistent vomiting.
  • New headache with significant focal signs or symptoms.
  • New headache with papilloedema
  • New headache with history compatible with raised intracranial pressure such as worse on coughing, sneezing, bending or straining, and woken up by headache in the early hours of the morning.

Non red flag headaches:

  • Failure of conventional treatment for benign headaches (reasonable trial of anti-migraine drugs, tricyclic agents and analgesic withdrawal)
  • Concern that patient cannot be reassured that they do not have a brain tumour without CT scan
  • GP feels that they can manage benign headache without referral to secondary care with normal brain CT

MRI

Patients requiring an urgent suspected cancer referral should follow the 2 week referral pathway

Please refer to referral guidelines for MRI safety criteria.

DEXA Scanning

This service is available at Purley War Memorial Hospital for adults aged 20 years and over, who are not pregnant and who fit the following criteria:

  • Previous fragility/low trauma fracture
  • Radiological evidence of osteopenia and/or vertebral deformity
  • Perimenopausal women for whom HRT may not be appropriate   (including premature menopause age <45 years)
  • Prolonged secondary amenorrhoea (>1 year)
  • Prolonged cortiscosteriod therapy (>7.5mg Prednisolone for 6 months or more) and not on any bone protection therapy (e.g. Calcium and Vit D)
  • Primary hypogonadism 
  • Family history of osteoporosis especially maternal history of hip fracture
  • Loss of height, thoracic kyphosis (after radiological confirmation of vertebral deformity)
  • Low body mass index (<19kg.m2)
  • Chronic disorders associated with osteoporosis (see below)
  • For checking response to existing therapy

The following is a list of disorders that are associated with secondary osteoporosis (RCP Guidelines):

  • Anorexia nervosa
  • Malabortion syndromes
  • Primary hyperparthyriodism
  • Post transplantation
  • Chronic renal failure
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Prolonged immobilisation
  • Cushing's syndrome

Non-obstetric ultrasound

Ultrasound is generally available to all patients although certain exclusions apply.
 
Please note transvaginal ultrasound is contra indicated in the Virgo intactus patients, so a transabdominal scan should be requested instead.
 

Breast ultrasounds

These are only accepted from hospital clinicians

 

Plain film Radiography

All patients of all ages.

Female patients of child bearing age will be asked to confirm if they may be pregnant.

How to refer

CT   Scanning

  • Requests should be made via Sunquest ICE.
  • Or fax completed referral form to 020 8401 3454.

MRI Scanning

  • Requests should be made via Sunquest ICE – decision support software is available to assist with referrals.
  • Please ask your patient to confirm their appointment at least 48 hours in advance by contacting the MRI Centre Patient Information on 020 8401 3696

DEXA Scanning

  • Requests should be made via Sunquest ICE.
  • Or fax completed referral form to 020 8401 3454.

Non-obstetric ultrasound

  • Requests should be made via Sunquest ICE.
  • Or fax completed referral form to 020 8401 3454.

 

Plain film Radiography

The methods for ordering plain film radiographs are by:

  • Preferably via Sunquest ICE for those that have access to the system  
  • Fax x-ray generic referral form to 0208 401 3454 or give to the patient

Contact information

CT -  Tel: 0208 401 3049 Fax: 0208 401 3454

MRI – Tel: 0208 401 3696 Fax: 0208 401 3697

DEXA -  Tel 0208 401 3000 x 4006 Fax: 0208 401 3454

Non-obstetric ultrasound – Tel: 0208 401 3035 Fax: 0208 401 3454

Plain film x-rays – Tel: 0208 401 3494 Fax: 0208 401 3454

 

Operational Manager: Deanna McCready, 0208 401 3465 d.mccready@nhs.net

Clinical Lead: Ketul Patel, 0208 401 3000 ext 4013 ketulpatel@nhs.net

 

Consultants

Dr Ketul Patel

Dr Nelesh Jeyadevan

Dr  Satkurunathan Maheshwaran

Dr Claire Hoskins

Dr John Rendle

Dr Nicola Bees

Dr Christine Flis

Dr Helena Blake

Dr David Sarma

Dr Ian Stanton

Dr Mohammad Daneshi

Dr Robin Evans

Dr Nitin Raitchura

Dr Ola Stankiewicz

Dr Shikha Pandhi

Dr Eleni Marinaki

Dr Dimitrios Kitsos

Dr Sandeep Divekar

Dr Santhosh Sathiarajan

 

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