The neuroradiology department, based at Salford Royal Hospital is one of the largest neuroimaging centres in the UK, providing in excess of 45000 clinical imaging examinations per year in support of the allied Neuroscience specialties, Spinal and Head and neck surgery and the major trauma centre at Salford Royal.
Neuroradiology plays an important role in the diagnosis and treatment of Neurological disease such as brain tumours, stroke, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Trauma amongst many more. This utilises a workforce of over 100 staff, lead by 10 full time Neuroradiologists.
The department is currently equipped with 3 CT scanners, 3 stationary 1.5 T MR Scanners with the use of an additional 3T research scanner. The department boasts a newly renovated angiography suite with single and biplane angiography equipment in addition to two separate fluoroscopy machines.
A range of diagnostic investigations are available from an x-ray of your lower back to advanced imaging techniques such as perfusion imaging, tractography (mapping of brain white matter) and functional MRI.
Neuroradiology also plays an increasing role in the treatment of disease and the radiology department at Salford royal offers a range of Interventional techniques including, minimal invasive treatment of brain aneurysms, vascular malformations and acute stroke (thrombectomy). Many spinal interventional procedures are also carried out, ranging from Vertebroplasty (Vertebral cement injection) to spinal injections and contrast myelography.
A service for all of Greater Manchester
In addition to the work based at Salford Royal, the department provides a diagnostic outreach service throughout the greater Manchester region and has close ties to the Christie Hospital in the management of brain and head and neck cancer care and the Manchester Children’s Hospital in Neuroimaging and Neurovascular intervention.
Education and Research
Manchester has been at the forefront of clinical neuroimaging, receiving one of the 1st three clinical CT scanners ever built. High quality research continues today via close ties to the University of Manchester. The links to Higher and further education continue, with the department providing a structured teaching program to medical undergraduates from the University of Manchester, radiography students from the University of Salford and post graduate radiology trainees from the North West Radiology Training Scheme. We also have two full time Neuroradiology Fellows who are in training to be specialist Neuroradiologists.