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Direct-access imaging referrals - RAG clinical prioritisation

NCL imaging departments have agreed on a set of standardised imaging prioritisation categories. 

These must be applied whether that GP is making a referral to a NHS service provider or the independent sector. 

GPs can refer direct to hospitals for urgent diagnostics and are encouraged to consider this instead of 2WW

Direct-access imaging services Suspected cancer referral form

Clinicians can request the following direct-access investigations for suspected cancer at any provider trust using a single referral form.


University College London Hospitals, Royal Free London, North Middlesex University Hospital, Whittington Health

Imaging modalities

  • Abdominal USS (Suspected Gall bladder or Liver Cancer) 
  • MRI head/ CT head (if MR contraindicated e.g. pacemaker) (Suspected Brain and CNS Cancer)
  • CT abdomen (Suspected Pancreatic Cancer)
  • CXR (Chest x-ray for Suspected Lung Cancer)
  • Pelvic USS (Suspected Endometrial Cancer) (Royal Free, North Middlesex, Whittington Hospital only. For Gynae USS at UCLH please use the 2WW pathway)
  • Testicular USS (Suspected Testicular Cancer)

How to refer

EMIS form: Urgent Direct Access Imaging Request Form (adult and paed) - Suspected Cancer - NCL FORM

Where to find the form

  • Barnet: BAR Global Documents > Diagnostics (BAR Global)
  • Camden: Camden Global Documents
  • Enfield: ENF Global Documents > Radiology (X-Rays/Ultrasound)  
  • Haringey: HAR Global Documents > Imaging 
  • Islington: ISL Global Documents > Imaging  



Review date: Saturday, 04 September 2021