Commissioned Services

Direct Access MRI Services

MRI scanMRI is a powerful diagnostic tool and frequently helps to determine the most suitable treatment option and plan management. MRI can be used in the diagnostic of:

  • most ailments of the brain and certain ENT conditions (ear, nose and throat)
  • musculoskeletal problems and sports injuries
  • Spinal conditions
  • Gynaecology problems (female pelvis)
  • Some abdomen problems (gastrointestinal tract conditions)
  • Vascular abnormalities
  • Prostate problems
  • soft tissue problems

MRI is used to scan most areas of the body however local contractual restrictions may apply to the type of scan we can provide.

Contact us

If you need help or advice please contact Mr L Hofton on 0161 929 5679 or email LHofton@dhc.uk.com

  • For information about the types of examination available in your area.
  • If you require more information about the service.
  • If you wish to refer a patient.
  • If you would like to set up MRI service in your area.
  • If you have any clinical questions.

Direct Access Ultrasound

Ultrasound equipmentNon-obstetric ultrasound services (NOUS) providing abdominal, renal, pelvic, testicular and musculoskeletal (MSK) screening with multiple locations for patient convenience and choice.

Building relationships with clinicians for the benefit of patient health and speed of service delivery is a priority and we are here to help.

Ultrasound can be very useful as a first line investigation; it is typically non-invasive, does not involve ionising radiation and is inexpensive when compared to MRI or CT.

Contact us

  • If you wish to know more about our services.
  • If you wish to start referring
  • If you wish to set up an ultrasound service in your surgery
  • If you have any clinical questions

If you need help or advice please contact Mr L Hofton on 0161 929 5679 or email LHofton@dhc.uk.com


Direct Access DEXA

Why patients should be referred for a DEXA scan

DEXA scan (Bone Density)Osteoporosis is a common condition that can lead to painful and disabling fractures. A DEXA scan is a quick, sensitive and accurate test that will specifically measure the density of the bones and is endorsed by the National Osteoporosis Society as the Gold standard for diagnosing Osteoporosis. Those at risk need appropriate assessment of their bone fragility.

Who needs to be referred for a DEXA scan?

Bone density assessments should ideally take place in those at risk of osteoporosis to identify early bone loss, to take action to improve this and prevent fractures. If you suspect your patient has a vertebral collapse or Osteoporotic fracture a Dexa scan is the first diagnostic test of choice.

Contact us

  • If you require more information about the service.
  • If you wish to refer a patient.
  • If you would like to set up DEXA service in your area.
  • If you have any clinical questions.

If you need help or advice please contact Mr L Hofton on 0161 929 5679 or email LHofton@dhc.uk.com