Meet your diagnostic team

We pride ourselves on the standard of service and care we provide. Our staff consists of a multi-disciplinary team of highly trained registered professionals including radiologists, a sonographer, diagnostic radiographers, radiographic assistants and a wide range of supporting staff.

Radiologist

These are the doctors who take overall responsibility for your imaging. They specialise in image interpretation. They use their medical skills and experience to determine what they see on the images that the Radiographer has taken and produce a report for your referring Doctor or specialist to act upon. The Radiologist may in some cases be present during your imaging depending upon the nature of the examination. They may perform your ultrasound scan for you in some cases.

Diagnostic Radiographer

These are expert practitioners in diagnostic imaging who are qualified to carry out high-quality diagnostic imaging examinations. They are able to assess patients’ needs and decide upon the most appropriate way to gain a successful imaging examination adapting the examination to take account of the patient’s physical and mental condition. The Rutherford Diagnostic Centre Somerset has a collaborative workforce made up of both Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Rutherford Diagnostics clinical staff.

Medical physicist

These practitioners provide technical support to your diagnostic team. The medical physicists also ensure the diagnostic equipment is functioning safely and accurately.

Sonographer

These are specialists in ultrasound, and they perform, and also report on the images they produce during, an ultrasound scan. They have had specialist training in the use of ultrasound examination and equipment and are there to help you through your scan and ensure you receive the highest level of care.

Radiographic Assistant

The radiographic assistant is an essential member of the team who helps support the smooth running of the diagnostic imaging service, supporting both patients and clinical staff (radiologists, radiographers, sonographers) who will undertake your imaging procedure. They may be present offering support and reassurance during your imaging procedure and will guide you in the right direction if you have any queries or concerns whilst in our care. The radiographic assistants also provide chaperone services for intimate examinations.

Administration/support staff

These staff help to organise your imaging, liaising between you, the consultant, and the clinical team (radiologist, sonographer and diagnostic radiographer) to ensure all aspects of non clinical work, such as imaging justification and appointments, are completed, to provide you with a fast and efficient service.

The core imaging services Rutherford Diagnostics provides includes:

Computerised Tomography (CT) Scan

CT

A computerised tomography (CT) scan can be used to diagnose and guide treatment, using x-rays to create images of the inside of the body.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan

MRI

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the inside of the body.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound

An ultrasound scan uses high-frequency sound waves to create an image of part of the body inside, this can be used to diagnose or guide treatment.

Digital X-ray

X-ray

Projection imaging, otherwise known as digital x-ray, creates two-dimensional images of the body at a particular moment in time.