The Radiology Department (X-ray)  consists of many different types of imaging procedures (modalities):


Plain Film

Computerised X-rays of bones and some soft tissue structures (eg chest, abdomen).



Real time pictures on TV monitors from x-rays using an image intensifier to show the physiology of structures e.g. arteries, veins and gastrointestinal anatomy.


CT – Computed Tomography

Uses X-Rays and a circle of detectors to produce very thin Image slices through the body to demonstrate internal organs.


MRI – Magnetic Resonance Imaging

A modality that uses a complex system based on a very strong magnetic field to produce thin slices through the body, again to show internal organs. Very good at demonstrating soft tissue structures.



Specialised imaging of the breast using x-rays. Sunderland offers a symptomatic breast service only. Breast screening service is located at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead



A modality that uses ultrasonic waves that pass through the body with images constructed and viewed from the waves that bounce back. Used in antenatal care but also used for soft tissue abdominal organs and demonstration of arteries and veins.



Main X-ray Department Sunderland Royal – this is located in the Hylton Road block, access via Entrance 2 (Accident and Emergency entrance). Follow signs to x-ray department.

Washington Galleries Primary Care Centre x-ray department – enter building through main doors and report to the reception desk, you will be directed to the x-ray waiting area from there. 

Bunny Hill Primary Care Centre – enter building through main doors and report to the reception desk on your left. The x-ray department is situated within the minor injuries unit.

Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre – enter the building and report to the reception desk directly in front of the main doors, you will be directed to the x-ray waiting area from there.



Clinical Director
Dr Ralph Marsh – 0191 565 6256 ext 47370

Directorate Manager
Scott Elwell – 0191 565 6256 – 0191 541 0088

Radiology Appointments Centre – 0191 541 0066 (email RAC@chs.northy.nhs.uk)

General enquiries – 0191 565 6256 ext 42501

Medico legal enquiries (access to medical images) – 0191 5699652