The work of our clinicians is supported by advanced diagnostic and research imaging services.
We have a track record of significant investment in imaging technology, allowing us to diagnose many patients without the need for invasive procedures.
We use advanced computerised tomography (CT) scanners at both hospitals. Our CT scanners can diagnose early coronary heart disease by generating very precise images of the heart.
We carry out cardiac angiograms in seven dedicated catheter laboratories across both hospitals.
The latest computed radiography (CR) and PACS systems were installed in 2009. The imaging departments at both hospitals operate in a filmless environment. This means that images can immediately be accessed in various areas including the wards, ITU, surgical theatres and outpatients. Digital images can also be sent and received from other healthcare facilities.
Royal Brompton Hospital imaging
- Plain X-rays
- Mobile X-rays on the wards or in the operating theatres
- Barium studies to show the gastrointestinal tract
- Ultrasound scanning
- Nuclear scans and tests
- Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging
- Bone densitometry (DEXA)
- CT scanning with a 64-slice CT scanner or the advanced Dual Source Flash scanner
Harefield Hospital imaging
- Plain X-rays (chest and general radiography)
- Fluoroscopic procedures
- Ultrasound (US) and Doppler scans
- Nuclear scans and tests
- Multi-slice computed tomography (MSCT)
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning
US and MSCT guided thoracic and other invasive procedures are performed in the catheter laboratories at Harefield Hospital. A PET-CT service is provided at an external site.
New imaging centre
Part of Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust’s commitment to improving patient care involves providing the best facilities to deliver specialist heart and lung treatment, and research. As part of this commitment, work started on a new imaging centre in April 2019. Our current imaging facilities already offer patients some of the most cutting-edge services to diagnose cases of suspected heart and lung disease in the UK, but the new centre will also allow us to:
- expand clinical services
- increase research and education programmes
- create the type of environment patients expect from a leading specialist heart and lung hospital Trust
- improve access to our imaging services, including MRI, CT and x-ray
- house all the imaging facilities in a bigger, better space
The plans for the centre have been co-designed with clinical teams and patients to ensure that we provide the best care in a suitable environment.
The new centre will be four storeys – two above and two below ground level – and is designed to make movement around the centre easier and more direct for both patients and staff. The building is also future-proofed, which will allow us to adapt and expand if we need to in the future.
The imaging centre redevelopment offers us a blank canvas to create a comforting space of calmness and support to all our patients, which is something our project team, the Trust's arts team, and designers are all working hard to achieve.
Building work phases
There will be two phases of building work, these include:
Phase 1: Preliminary building work started on Dovehouse Street, SW London, in April 2019. The phase 1 programme will include:
- setting up the site with hoarding and an operative secure entrance
- stripping the interior of the existing building
- demolishing the outer structure of the existing building
Phase 2: This involves building work which is expected to take around 18 months – details regarding a start date are to be confirmed.
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