Imaging and X-Ray

The Plymouth Hospital NHS Trust Imaging directorate provides diagnostic imaging services to a wide range of patients across Devon and Cornwall.  We provide services at Derriford Hospital, the Radiology Academy, South Hams Hospital, Tavistock, Launceston, Liskeard, The Cumberland Centre and Mount Gould Local Care Centre.

The Imaging Directorate carried out approximately 360,000 exams last year.

The Imaging Department at Derriford Hospital consists of 19 x-ray rooms, 9 ultrasound rooms, 3 MRI scanners and 4 CT scanners.


Why have I been referred for Imaging?

A scan with the Imaging Department is an important part of your medical treatment.

It is very important that you do not delay coming forward for your scan, particularly if your doctor has referred you as they suspect cancer (also known as 2ww - 2 week wait).

The risk of delaying treatment is very significant, but patients are naturally a bit hesitant of attending the hospital during the pandemic. Our departments have taken some important steps to ensure you can safely attend for your scan, such as:

  • Strict 2m physical distancing at entrance points and in waiting rooms
  • Increased time between appointments to allow for cleaning and avoid crossover.
  • Ensuring hand washing facilities and hand sanitisers are available and used
  • Screening for covid symptoms by telephone 24 hours before and on arrival.

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