Imaging services for cardiothoracics

Mobile x-rayAs diagnostic radiographers, we provide the x-ray service for the cardiothoracic care group. Most inpatients and outpatients need chest x-rays as these give useful information about the size and shape of the heart, and to check the conditions of the lungs.

Many people need to be x-rayed on the ward following surgery or other procedures.  We have several invaluable mobile x-ray machines which are used regularly throughout the unit and this type of work makes up a large proportion of our throughput. 

Cardiac catheters

We also provide the radiographic service for the cardiac catheter labs at Southampton General Hospital.  This specialist department carries out a range of diagnostic tests and treatment for adults and children with heart disease, some of which are treated as emergency interventions - a service that is provided 24 hours a day, every day of the year. As radiographers, we have a particular responsibility to ensure the safe and best use of the x-ray equipment, in order to obtain the best images at the lowest possible radiation dose.

Video of blocked right coronary artery

A blockage in the blood supply to the heart can cause a heart attack.

Video of restored right coronary artery

The cath lab team can open up the blockage to stop the heart attack from causing further damage.

Cardiac MRI

MRI scans can produce detailed and accurate assessments of the heart and the blood vessels it supplies.  Our dedicated unit with specialist staff and equipment provides services to patients across a large part of the south of England. Read more about cardiac MRI.