Diagnostic Radiography

Diagnostic Radiography at NUH completes close to 500,000 diagnostic examinations a year supporting Nottingham’s inpatients, outpatients and the Major Trauma Centre.

 Welcome to Diagnostic Radiography at NUH

Radiology at NUH provides CT, MRI, Ultrasound services and many others 365 days of the year. We support adults and children locally and regionally; covering inpatients, outpatients, direct access from GP services and the Emergency Department as well as supporting the NUH Major Trauma Centre. Diagnostic Radiology is a key diagnostic tool and demand for imaging is increasing. We have major plans to replace 2 MRI scanners over the next 18 months and recently replaced our reporting systems to support increased clarity of images, better reporting and collaborative working across the Radiology Departments within the East Midlands region.

The department employs over 400 people with highly specialist staff who support specific clinical issues including diagnosing, providing specialised treatments and developing research.










Nicola Kennedy and Sara Bharmel, Diagnostic Pathway General Managers

Services we provide:

  • There are 5 CT scanners; last year we undertook 77,000 scans, and we provide a 24/7 service to our emergency department.
  • There are 4 MRI scanners plus the full time use of one mobile scanner at QMC, the use of a mobile scanner part time at city and part time use of the Nottingham University MRI scanner. In addition NUH has recently started providing MRI services at the NCSEM (National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine) at Loughborough University, in collaboration with University Hospitals Leicester. 37,000 MRI examinations are currently performed annually.
  • Almost 90,000 ultrasound scans are taken with approximately  40% of these being obstetric ultrasounds
  • 263,000 plain films (X-rays) are taken each year. As well as plain film provision to both city and QMC campus, NUH has just started to provide a plain film imaging and reporting service for the Urgent Care Centre in Nottingham City Centre, operated by Nottingham CityCare.

What we can offer you

Radiology Practice Development Team

We offer a full induction and 12 month preceptorship programme, during which time graduates are supported in their transition from student to independent practitioner by our team of professional and supportive staff.  Staff gain experience in all general areas within the department, theatre and mobile examinations, we also offer our band 5 radiographers a rotation to MRI and CT.  In return we need motivated team members who have the ability to work flexibly on a shift pattern, over a 24 hour period to match service demands.


To find current radiology vacancies at NUH visit the NHS jobs link at the bottom of this page.

Latest news and Research



NUH was rated ‘Outstanding for Leadership’ in the most recent CQC report, and our radiographers achieved the SCoR Midlands Team of the Year 2016 so you know you will be joining a top rated Radiology department.  The NUH vision for our hospitals is ‘working together to be the best for patients’ and we are looking for role models to support this vision.

Society and College of Radiographers Midlands Team of the Year 2016


BMUS Ultrasound 2016



Gillian Coleman presented the findings from her MSc dissertation – a literature review on Vasa Praevia – at the BMUS (British Medical Ultrasound Society) annual scientific meeting 2016. As a result of this research we are reviewing our protocols in relation to screening for this rare but life threatening condition. Gillian’s dissertation was funded via NUH Charity’s staff development fund.


Radiographer led Entonox administration

A small team of radiographers at NUH are trained to administer Entonox. This extended role has meant the patient pathway has improved, as well as the experience for patients and carers. It has meant fewer theatre cases and less failed examinations resulting in financial savings.

The success of our training has meant we have been able to increase our patient numbers, and our failure rate is negligible. More importantly, positive feedback received from our patients and their families demonstrates the improvement we have made to our service.


Please click the links below for more information:

Link to Society of Radiographers website

Link to Work experience website

Link to NHS Jobs website