Department of Diagnostic Radiology

This department incorporates all aspects of oncological imaging and includes CT, MRI, ultrasound, general and interventional radiology and mammography

The department runs across both our hospital sites, in Chelsea and Sutton. We develop advanced imaging pathways which follow all our patients through diagnosis, staging, treatment and on-going follow up.

We have strong strategic links with The Institute of Cancer Research and Biomedical Research Centre and a Clinical Research Facility (CRF) imaging grant, which allow us to contribute to and support a large imaging research portfolio.

Our Services

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

We have five state-of-the-art MRI scanners, three 1.5T MRI scanners and two 3T MRI scanners. We provide advanced clinical and research scanning, specialising in functional and whole body imaging in the assessment of lesion biology and response.

Computerised tomography (CT)

We have four state-of-the-art Siemens diagnostic CT scanners across both our sites, offering dual-source energy and interventional CT capabilities which allow us to create detailed cross-sectional images to assist with diagnosis, staging and response during and post treatment.

Interventional radiography (IR) (Chelsea only)

Our IR service allows us to carry out complex procedures like angioplasties, chemo-embolisation and lesion ablation, as well as simpler procedures such as the insertion of gastric and jejunal feeding tubes. The service is consultant-led and is carried out by specialist interventional radiologists.

We also have a 24/7 emergency on call IR service.


We have Rapid Diagnostic and Assessment Centres at both Chelsea and Sutton, with five mammography units, three state-of-the-art Hologic Tomosynthesis and two GE Senograph mammography units. This ensures that patients at both our sites have access to premium quality mammography imaging.

The centres are used for one-stop symptomatic breast clinics, as well as for moderate family history patients and Open Access follow-up patients.

Our dedicated breast radiology team also perform interventional breast guided biopsies under mammographic, US and MRI guidance.

Ultrasound (US)

We have state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment at both our sites. Our US service offers both general and breast procedures including ultrasound-guided biopsies on a wide range of body parts, as an integral part of the patient treatment pathway.