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Northland DHB Radiology

Public Service, Radiology, Cancer Network Group, Pregnancy Ultrasound


Whangārei Hospital

Kaitaia Hospital

Bay of Islands Hospital

Dargaville Hospital


What is Radiology?
Radiological procedures are used for looking at the internal structures of the body, whether bone or soft tissue. Usually these examinations are carried out to:
  • diagnose disease states, such as cancer or heart disease
  • show if there is any injury to body structures
  • provide treatments (interventional radiology)
  • assist in the management of normal or complex pregnancy
  • screen for the detection of abnormalities in well patients such as for breast cancer, aortic aneurysm, osteoporosis and foetal defects.
Different methods such as, X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Fluoroscopy, MammographyUltrasound, Barium Enema and DEXA are some specialised types of radiological imaging which may be used.

The Team

  • Medical Radiation Technologists (MRTs) or Radiographers perform your X-ray, barium and mammography examinations.
  • Sonographers are MRTs who perform your ultrasound examinations.
  • Radiologists are specialist doctors who read and understand your films. They will also be involved if you have an intravenous urogram (IVU), barium study, mammogram and a number of other ultrasound procedures.  They interpret the results of the images and send them to your doctor.

Referral Expectations

For general x-rays you must first be assessed by your GP before you can be referred to the Radiology Department.  Some patients will be referred by specialists.

There are currently more referrals for appointments than we have the capacity to see. All referrals for ultrasounds, CT, MRI, mammography and other specialist examinations are read by a radiologist and a priority rating is attached to the referral. The most urgent cases get seen first and more routine cases go on the waiting list. Referrals for plain x-rays are checked by designated clinical staff for prioritisation.

Once the referral from your GP is accepted by us, we will write/telephone you giving you an appointment time and date.  When you receive your appointment, please turn up on the day because if you do not turn up, you will deprive another patient of this appointment.  For some appointments, you will be asked to confirm your attendance.

If you are unable to attend an appointment it would be helpful to inform the Radiology Department of this so that your allocated time can be given to another patient.


Whangārei Hospital

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Kaitaia Hospital

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Bay of Islands Hospital

Mon – Fri9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

Dargaville Hospital

Mon – Fri9:00 AM – 3:30 PM

Services Provided

Hospitals and cancer treatment centres

  • Public hospitals

Cancer Types

Brain and Spinal, Head and Neck / Thyroid, Lung, Breast, Upper Gastrointestinal (Oesophagus / Stomach / Liver), Lower Gastrointestinal (Bowel / Rectum / Anus), Kidney, Bladder, Testicular, Prostate, Gynaecological, Leukaemia and Blood, Skin Cancer / Melanoma, Sarcoma, Childhood Cancers, Others

Contact Details

This page was last updated at 8:44AM on December 17, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Northland DHB Radiology.