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Radiology (X-Ray) Department

Direct Dial No: (03) 434-7801

Services offered include plain film radiography, CT scanning and ultrasound. Access criteria for the services are in accordance with the Ministry of Health Elective Services Referral Guidelines for Radiology, which can be viewed through the following MOH Website:


Referrals are received from the inpatient ward, outpatient clinic specialists, visiting specialists in private practice, general practitioners or other health practitioners approved for the purpose by the Ministry of Health. An occupational health nurse may refer specifically for asbestos screening.

Non-urgent community referrals for plain film imaging are usually booked within 2 to 5 working days. Urgent referrals are performed upon patient presentation.

Non-urgent community referrals for ultrasound imaging are usually booked within 6 to 8 weeks. Urgent referrals are performed in discussion with the department.

The CT and ultrasound scanning services in Oamaru are a mix of public/private service.

Publicly funded scanning is provided for patients referred from the Oamaru Hospital Inpatient Service and the Oamaru Hospital Emergency Department.

Privately funded scans may be requested by private consultants, general practitioners or midwives, and may include patients covered by ACC or insurance companies. Prior approval by ACC or insurance companies may be required in some cases. For current pricing please click here.

The department operates from 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Urgent only services are provided after working hours.

The hospital has upgraded the department to the following equipment:

  • Shimadzu RadSpeed General X-ray Machine
  • Shimadzu MobileArt Plus X-ray Machine
  • GE Logiq E9 Ultrasound Machine
  • Siemens Somatom Emotion 16 Slice CT Scanner
  • CR
  • Mini PACS

This page was last updated at 4:06PM on May 27, 2019.