What is Radiology?


Radiology is the branch of medicine which produces images of the body using radiation, high frequency soundwaves or very strong magnetic fields, for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment of disease.


These services include:

Rotorua Hospital

  • General x-rays
  • Computerised Tomography (CT Scan)
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Fluoroscopy
  • Ultrasound including vascular Ultrasound (US)
  • Interventional Procedures (CT/US/Fluoroscopy)

Taupo Hospital

  • General x-ray

You may be referred to the radiology department either by your GP, ED or Outpatients or as part of you inpatient stay in our hospitals.


General X-ray

An x-ray (radiograph) is a non-invasive medical test that helps doctors diagnose and treat medical conditions.  Imaging with x-rays involves exposing a part of the body to a small dose of ionizing radiation to produce pictures of the inside of the body.

X-rays are the oldest and most frequently used form of medical imaging.  They are used to image:

  • Bones to exclude fractures of joint dysfunction
  • The chest, spine and abdomen as first line diagnosis of common medical conditions
  • Foreign bodies


Rotorua Hospital has four general x-ray rooms, two in the main department for booked outpatient/inpatient and GP x-rays, an ED x-ray room and an Outpatients clinic x-ray room in the Ambulatory Centre. 

Taupo Hospital has an x-ray room covering Outpatients, GP, ED and inpatients








What is Ultrasound?
How does a MRI scanner work?

How does a CT scanner work?

2/02/2017 11:44 a.m.
Carly Malcolm