Imaging (GP information)


The Imaging Department is extremely well equipped and provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and interventional services. Each service tends to be referred to as a modality and a brief outline of each service and opening hours is detailed below. We have a large multidisciplinary team comprising of Radiologists, Radiographers, Sonographers, Senior Nurses, Imaging Assistants, Administrators and Porters. Patients will always receive a friendly and professional welcome. We pride ourselves on delivering a patient focused service with a maximum waiting time of 4 weeks for most routine examinations. The Imaging Services Manager is Mr Simon Nicholson.

Main X-ray
Open Monday to Friday 8.30 – 17.00 and provides plain film X-ray support for GPs, Outpatient clinics, inpatients, dental and fluoroscopy. Walk-in access for chest-X-ray is available 9.00-12.00 and 13.30-16.30 (Monday to Friday). Patients may be asked to change into a gown for certain XRay procedures.

A&E X-ray
Open 24/7 providing plain film X-ray support to our Emergency Department and Acute Wards.

CT Scanning
The CT department has two GE scanners, Discovery HD with the latest dual energy capabilities and an OPTIMA 660 with organ dose modulation. We carry out a large range of CT examinations including colonography studies and cardiac scanning. CT is open seven days per week 8.00 – 20.00 Monday to Friday and 8.00 – 18.00 at weekends. Emergency CT is available 24 hours a day.

The MRI department has two Philips scanners carrying out a large range of MR examinations. MRI is open seven days per week 7.00 – 21.00 Monday to Friday and 8.00 – 18.00 at weekends.

General Medical Ultrasound
General medical ultrasound covers abdominal, soft tissue and vascular examinations. Our general medical ultrasound department is open seven days per week, Monday to Thursday 8.00 – 20.00, Fridays 8.00 – 16.30 and 8.30 – 16.30 at weekends.

Maternity Ultrasound Department
Based in our Women’s Health Unit and is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 8.00 – 16.30 with Tuesdays 8.00 – 20.00. Please see our policy on fetal sexing for pregnant women.

Nuclear Medicine Department
Our Nuclear Medicine department is open Monday to Friday 8.30 – 17.00 and involves the use of radioisotopes to assist in specialist imaging. This service also includes bone densitometry (DEXA) scanning.

Waiting times for all diagnostic services are low. The national waiting time targets are to see patients within 6 weeks but this Department strives to provide a faster response and is working towards extending patient choice of appointments wherever possible. Please see our patient access policy for further information.

If you have any queries about your examination, or the service please contact us on 01582 718156.

Referral Process

All Imaging referrals are either supported by a specialist pathway or by appointment (other than walk-in chest XRay access).

The service is open to direct access GP referrals through electronic ordering in ICE with reports readily available through the same mechanism.

Consultant Radiologists may be contacted for further opinion on reports and for clinical advice on the most appropriate examination for patients. Please see iRefer link that may also be of assistance.

Patient Information Leaflets

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

Bedford Hospital

Imaging Services

DrGeorgeStasinos Consultant Radiologist
DrMurtyVusirikala Consultant Radiologist
DrVivekVohra Consultant Radiologist
DrRamitaDey Consultant Interventional Radiologist
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital

Imaging Services

Dr Salman Rahimi Consultant Radiologist (Locum)
DrSmitaKamat Consultant Radiologist
DrMinaxi Dattani Consultant Radiologist
DrOranRoche Consultant Radiologist
DrPreenaPatel Consultant Radiologist
DrAshaNair Consultant Radiologist/ Breast Screening
DrKaiLow Consultant Radiologist
DrRachana Shukla Consultant Radiologist
DrSheenaMcLaggan  Consultant Radiologist
DrSomasundaram Ramkumar Consultant Radiologist
Dr SamsonKade Consultant Radiologist (Locum)
DrThayahlanIyngkaran Consultant Radiologist
DrAhmedEissa Consultant
Dr NiravBhatt Consultant Radiologist
Dr Mala Dattani Consultant Radiologist
Dr HugoLopes Consultant Radiologist
Dr RohilShetty Consultant Radiologist
DrAdaikkalavan Chockalingam Consultant Radiologist (Locum)
DrGamalGhazala Consultant Radiologist (Locum)
DrSimonAllen Consultant Radiologist

Useful Contacts

Luton & Dunstable University Hospital
General Manager Bindu Jophy
01582 718452
A&E reception: 01582 497332
Maternity Ultrasound reception: 01582 497499
Switchboard 01582 491166
O&G Ultrasound Modality Manager: Sophia Holland
Imaging Operational Manager: Sally Hacking
01582 497976
Nuclear Medicine and Dexa Modality Manager Ruth Cornwell
PALS (for patient specific enquiries) 01582 491 166
Outpatients booking department: 01582 561385
On Call Radiographer: Via Switchboard
Consultant secretaries: 01582 718082
Office Manager: Lorraine Swain
General Ultrasound Modality Manager: Amanda Houghton
For GP Imaging Queries containing patient identifiable date please use:
Interventional Radiology Sister Emily Metcalfe
Clinical Director: Dr Thayahlan Iyngkaran
MRI Modality Manager: Dario Prudencio
CT & MRI Scanning reception: 01582 497438
CT Modality Manager Claire Barkell
Service Manager Andy Layt
01582 497055
X-ray reception: 01582 718156, Fax - 01582 718155
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