Diagnostic Radiology

Careers at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

The Radiology department – CT, MRI & Nuclear Medicine

Radiology at University Hospitals Bristol comprises of  seven main areas. See what being a part of one of our CT, MRI or Nuclear Medicine team might look like:


Our CT team consists of Superintendents, Band 6 Radiographers and all CT Radiographers that have completed the CT PG Cert. All of Bristol Royal Infirmary’s Band 5 Radiographers also rotate through CT, to help provide 24/7 cover in Accident & Emergency. It is a very busy department undertaking a wide range of examinations and we work extended days and weekends. The department promotes CPD and has organised in-house CT study days, featuring presentations by Radiologists on the role of CT in the management of various conditions.

Our scanners:

  • A Toshiba Aquilion One Vision (640 slice Volumetric) Scanner is installed at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children for all paediatric patients – this scanner is also used for some adult lists
  • The Oncology Centre has a Phillips Big Bore which is used for radiotherapy planning scans and bariatric diagnostic patient 
  • The Bristol Royal Infirmary is equipped with 3 Siemens scanners: a 16 slice Somatom used for outpatients 5 days a week, a 128 Definition AS+ used for inpatients and emergency patients 24/7 and a 128 Definition AS+ used for CT Coronary Angiograms, Gated scans, Colonoscopy


The MRI team work over three sites. There are two 1.5T scanners at the Royal Infirmary for adult MRI, one 1.5T at the Heart Institute for adult cardiac scanning and two – 1.5T and 3T – at the Children’s Hospital for paediatric patients. The team consists of Superintendents and Band 6 Radiographers. Most of the MRI team have been recruited and trained internally so there
are opportunities to become part of the team. We undertake 7 day working and a 24-hour on-call. The Bristol Royal Infirmary undertakes a wide variety of examinations including ENT, MSK, Liver and Oncology Planning. The Heart Institute undertakes both congenital and acquired heart disease patients. The Children’s Hospital is a regional Cardiac and Neurosurgical centre. The 3T scanner is attached to the Neurosurgical theatre as we undertake intra-operative MRI.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is a small, friendly team consisting of a Superintendent, Band 6 Radiographers and a Nuclear Medicine Assistant. All have undergone their postgraduate training locally and began as Band 5 Radiographers on this site. We have a Symbia T16 Spect/CT. We perform over 2000 exams per annum, many quite complex and in a wide variety of fields such as cardiac, paediatric and oncological. We are involved heavily with the National Paediatric CESS scheme for paediatric epilepsy, and have recently pioneered a new method in Europe for assessing brain perfusion in paediatrics, with a cerebrovascular disorder. We are also involved in numerous other mainly oncological research trials and perform imaging for all hospitals within the Trust including the Maternity Hospital, but also serve a large portion of the South West in certain fields.

Take a look below to see some of our other posts about the other departments that make up Radiology at University Hospitals Bristol:


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