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Radiography is an imaging technique using X-rays, gamma rays, or similar radiation to view the internal form of an object.

Ultrasound is used to create an image of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, and internal organs.

FNA and Core Biopsy – A Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) is an interventional procedure used to acquire a cell sample for pathologic analysis. And a core biopsy involves the use of a specified instrument called a ‘core needle’, which is used to acquire tissue samples from a lesion.

MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body.

A CT scan makes use of combinations of X-ray measurements taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional images.

CTCA uses computed tomography (CT) scanning to detect blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries.

An OPG is a panoramic X-ray of the upper and lower jaws, including the teeth. An OPG will take approximately 20 seconds.

Bone Mineral Densitometry uses a device to scan the lower spine and one of the hips to assess for possible osteoporosis or reduced bone density.

Body composition scans use DEXA technology to assess body fat, lean muscle and bone mass throughout the body.

In combination with your referring physician or pain management specialist, we offer a range of steroid and local anaesthetic injections.

In combination with your referring physician or pain management specialist, we offer a range of nerve blocks.

A radiofrequency neurotomy or RF ablation is a type of injection procedure used to treat facet joint pain or sacroiliac joint pain.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy uses injections of a concentration of a patient’s own platelets to accelerate the healing of injured tendons and muscles.

Studies offered include dating , nuchal translucency and morphology ultrasounds.

Services are provided by CardioNexus.

Services are provided by CardioNexus.

The goal of mammography is the early detection of breast cancer, typically through detection of characteristic masses or microcalcifications.

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X-ray services

Radiography is an imaging technique using X-rays, gamma rays, or similar radiation to view the internal form of an object. To create the image, a beam of X-rays or other form of electromagnetic radiation is produced by an X-ray generator and is projected toward the object. A certain amount of the X-rays or other radiation is absorbed by the object, dependent on the object’s density and structural composition. The X-rays that pass through the object are captured behind the object by a detector (either photographic film or a digital detector). The generation of flat two dimensional images by this technique is called projectional radiography.

In computed tomography (CT scanning) an X-ray source and its associated detectors rotate around the subject which itself moves through the conical X-ray beam produced. Any given point within the subject is crossed from many directions by many different beams at different times. Information regarding attenuation of these beams is collated and subjected to computation to generate two dimensional images in three planes (axial, coronal, and sagittal) which can be further processed to produce a three dimensional image.

Ultrasound services

Bulk Billed Ultrasound Services in Carindale and Springwood

Medical ultrasound (also known as diagnostic sonography or ultrasonography) is a diagnostic imaging technique based on the application of ultrasound. It is used to create an image of internal body structures such as tendons, muscles, joints, blood vessels, and internal organs. Its aim is often to find a source of a disease or to exclude pathology. The practice of examining pregnant women using ultrasound is called obstetric ultrasound, and was an early development and application of clinical ultrasonography.

How Do Ultrasounds Work?

Ultrasound refers to sound waves with frequencies which are higher than those audible to humans (>20,000 Hz). Ultrasonic images, also known as sonograms, are made by sending pulses of ultrasound into tissue using a probe. The ultrasound pulses echo off tissues with different reflection properties and are recorded and displayed as an image.

Many different types of images can be formed. The commonest is a B-mode image (Brightness), which displays the acoustic impedance of a two-dimensional cross-section of tissue. Other types can display blood flow, motion of tissue over time, the location of blood, the presence of specific molecules, the stiffness of tissue, or the anatomy of a three-dimensional region.

Compared to other dominant methods of medical imaging, ultrasound has several advantages. It provides images in real-time and is portable and can be brought to the bedside. It is substantially lower in cost than other imaging modalities and does not use harmful ionizing radiation. Drawbacks include various limits on its field of view, such as the need for patient cooperation, dependence on physique, difficulty imaging structures behind bone and air, and the necessity of skilled operators at Queensland Radiology Specialists.

Springwood, Carindale, and Local Patients Can Access Bulked Billed Ultrasounds

Have you been referred for CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds,? Then look no further than QLD Radiology Specialists; we are the professionals Carindale, Logan, Springwood, Greenslopes, Sunnybank, and beyond turn to for super medical imaging. We offer bulk billing for eligible patients and welcome all referrals, so you can make an appointment by calling 1300 201 888 or fill out an enquiry form.

FNA Overview

A Fine Needle Aspiration (FNA) is an interventional procedure used to acquire a cell sample for pathologic analysis. The specimen is extracted (aspirated) by the insertion of a fine needle (typically smaller than that used to take blood), in the region of interest with cells being acquired through the gentle manipulation of the needle. To ensure accuracy of the sample taken, ultrasound is used by the radiologist to correctly locate and place the needle in the lesion whilst the sample is acquired. Local anesthetic will be first be administered to the region of interest site prior to the acquisition of the first biopsy. Each sample or ‘pass’
For proper analysis to be made by the pathologist once back at the laboratory, multiple samples or ‘passes’ are taken to ensure enough cells are acquired. An on-site cytologist will be present to assess each acquired sample under a microscope, to reduce the likelihood of inconclusive results due to insufficient cell number. Depending on the pathology provider used, result time may vary, however typically they will be available to you referring doctor within 2-3 business days.

What can I expect following the procedure?

Any pain after FNA can be relieved with non-prescription analgesics, such as paracetamol. You should not take aspirin, because this thins the blood and may increase the risk of bleeding and bruising. Minimal bleeding or bruising can appear after the procedure, especially if you are taking anticoagulant medication, aspirin or fish oil. This can be minimised by good compression and the application of an icepack on the skin at the site of the FNA. Breast FNA does not leave a scar on the skin and there is a low risk of infection.

Core Biopsy/ Vacuum Assisted Core Biopsies

Core Biopsy Overview

A core biopsy involves the use of a specified instrument called a ‘core needle’, which is used to acquire tissue samples from a lesion. Following the administration of local anesthetic to the skin a small incision is made (typically less than 5mm) which allows the core needle to be easily advanced through the skin surface to the lesion in question. Once appropriately positioned the core needle is fired through the lesion making an audible ‘click’ as the sample is acquired. Depending on the efficacy of the sample, the process may be repeated multiple times to ensure that suitable samples are obtained for assessment back at the laboratory.
Due to the small incision required in the skin, a fine scar may remain (typically only a few mm) which is likely to fade in time.

What can I expect following the procedure?

Following the core biopsy, you may experience some localised bruising and discomfort which may last for several days. If you require symptomatic relief from any pain experienced you can take non- prescription analgesics, such as paracetamol. To avoid exacerbation of bruising, avoid vigorous exercise for 24 hours post procedure and the use of Aspirin for pain relief due to its blood thinning properties. Ice packs and compression may also be utilised at the biopsy site to relive pain and mitigate any additional bruising.

MRI services

MRI Services for Carindale & Springwood Patients

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique used in radiology to form pictures of the anatomy and the physiological processes of the body in both health and disease. MRI scanners use strong magnetic fields, magnetic field gradients, and radio waves to generate images of the organs in the body. Queensland Radiology Specialists has only 3T MRI available which is the highest field MRI currently available in clinical settings maximising imaging resolution. MRI does not involve X-rays or the use of ionizing radiation, which distinguishes it from CT or CAT scans and PET scans. Magnetic resonance imaging is a medical application of nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR). NMR can also be used for imaging in other NMR applications such as NMR spectroscopy.

While the hazards of X-rays are now well-controlled in most medical contexts, an MRI scan may still be seen as a better choice than a CT scan. MRI is widely used in hospitals and clinics for medical diagnosis, staging of disease and follow-up without exposing the body to radiation. An MRI may yield different information compared with CT. There may be risks and discomfort associated with MRI scans. Compared with CT scans, MRI scans typically take longer and are louder, and they usually need the subject to enter a narrow, confining tube. At Queensland Radiology Specialists we have invested in one of the largest bore magnets available to maximise comfort. In addition, people with some medical implants or other non-removable metal inside the body may be unable to undergo an MRI examination safely.

MRI was originally called NMRI (nuclear magnetic resonance imaging), but the use of ‘nuclear’ in the acronym was dropped to avoid negative associations with the word. Certain atomic nuclei are able to absorb and emit radio frequency energy when placed in an external magnetic field. In clinical and research MRI, hydrogen atoms are most often used to generate a detectable radio-frequency signal that is received by antennas in close proximity to the anatomy being examined. Hydrogen atoms are naturally abundant in people and other biological organisms, particularly in water and fat. For this reason, most MRI scans essentially map the location of water and fat in the body. Pulses of radio waves excite the nuclear spin energy transition, and magnetic field gradients localize the signal in space. By varying the parameters of the pulse sequence, different contrasts may be generated between tissues based on the relaxation properties of the hydrogen atoms therein.

OUR FULL RANGE OF BULK BILLLING SERVICES

Carindale & Springwood Residents – Book Your MRI with Us

The team at QLD Radiology Specialists welcomes patients from across Carindale, Logan, Springwood, Greenslopes, Sunnybank. Offer bulk billing for eligible patients and accept all referrals. Make an appointment by calling 1300 201 888 or fill out an enquiry form.

CT Scan services

Bulk Billed CT Scan Services for Springwood, Carindale & Beyond

A CT scan, also known as computed tomography scan, and formerly known as a computerized axial tomography scan or CAT scan, makes use of computer-processed combinations of many X-ray measurements taken from different angles to produce cross-sectional (tomographic) images (virtual “slices”) of specific areas of a scanned object, allowing the user to see inside the object without cutting.

Digital geometry processing is used to further generate a three-dimensional volume of the inside of the object from a large series of two-dimensional radiographic images taken around a single axis of rotation. Medical imaging is the most common application of X-ray CT. Its cross-sectional images are used for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes in various medical disciplines.

The term “computed tomography” (CT) is often used to refer to X-ray CT, because it is the most commonly known form. But, many other types of CT exist, such as positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). X-ray tomography, a predecessor of CT, is one form of radiography, along with many other forms of tomographic and non-tomographic radiography.

CT produces data that can be manipulated in order to demonstrate various bodily structures based on their ability to absorb the X-ray beam. Although, historically, the images generated were in the axial or transverse plane, perpendicular to the long axis of the body, modern scanners allow this volume of data to be reformatted in various planes or even as volumetric (3D) representations of structures.


CT Colonoscopy

Virtual colonoscopy (VC, also called CT colonography or CT pneumocolon) is a medical imaging procedure which uses x-rays and computers to produce two- and three-dimensional images of the colon (large intestine) from the lowest part, the rectum, all the way to the lower end of the small intestine and display them on a screen. The procedure is used to diagnose colon and bowel disease, including polyps, diverticulosis and cancer. VC is performed via computed tomography (CT). It may be performed following a conventional or optic colonoscopy (OC). Both OC and VC require bowel preparation with laxatives. The bowel requires insufflation with air using a tube placed in the rectum before the procedure. A muscle relaxant is given and there may be some discomfort to inflate the nose enough to allow optimal viewing. A virtual colonoscopy can provide 3D reconstructed endoluminal views of the bowel.

Offering Bulk Billed CT Scans for Eligible Patients in Springwood & Beyond

If you need to book in for CT scans, MRIs or ultrasounds, QLD Radiology Specialists are your go-to medical imaging providers. Working with patients from across Carindale, Logan, Springwood, Greenslopes, Sunnybank, and beyond, we offer bulk billing for eligible patients. We accept all referrals, so you can make an appointment by calling 1300 201 888 or fill out an enquiry form.

What is CTCA?

CTCA uses computed tomography (CT) scanning to image of the coronary arteries and the heart. These arteries supply blood to the heart muscle and disease of these arteries, atherosclerosis is responsible for most heart attacks. CTCA detects blockages or narrowing of the coronary arteries.

What is the radiation dose?

Radiation dosage vary between different CT scanners. The benefits of CTCA at Queensland Radiology Specialists is that we uses the Philips Elite 256-slice CT scanner which allows the scan to be performed with high quality and at the lowest possible radiation dose.

How long does a CTCA take?

Most CTCA takes between 30 minutes and 2 hours. The CTCA test is carried out in three parts which includes preparation, scanning and recovery. Timing varies and although the scan usually take approximately 20-30 minutes, the work up process is quite involved. It is recommended that you allow a couple of hours for the examination in case you require medication to slow your heart rate for the scan.

How do I prepare for the scan?

Your doctor may give you a drug to slow down your heart rate before coming for your scan. When making your appointment, we will ask you to:

  • Avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, energy drinks,carbonated soft drinks) morning prior to the scan.
  • Do not take any medication for erectile dysfunction for 72 hours prior to your CT, including viagra.
  • Fast (nothing to eat or drink) for 4 hours prior to the scan

Please tell bookings staff if:

  • You are pregnant (or think you may be pregnant)
  • If you have any allergies (especially to iodine)

 

What do I need to bring?

  • Medicare card
  • Request form (Doctor’s referral letter)
  • Any previous imaging scans that you make have had

On the day of your appointment, it is important to arrive 60 minutes prior to your examination for a pre-exam assessment which includes monitoring of blood pressure and heart rate to determine if you require any medication to slow down the heart beat (beta blocker) before your scan. If beta-blocker is required, it will take approximately 1 hour for the medication to take effect. Your CTCA examination will be performed once the doctor or CT radiographer is satisfied with your heart rate.

What can I expect during the scan?

You will have an intravenous cannula inserted into one of your arm veins and ECG leads placed on your chest. You will then be taken into the CT scanner room.

You will lie on a bed and nitroglycerin (GTN) will be sprayed under your tongue in order to expand and relax your coronary arteries. Occasionally GTN can cause a transient headache. While you are on the bed, you will be given a rapid IV injection of iodine contrast agent through the cannula. You may notice a warm sensation and a metallic taste in your mouth during the contrast injection which is a normal sensation. When the iodine contrast reaches the heart through the veins, the scan is started and images of the arteries and heart are acquired.

It is important to lie very still during the scan. If you move the images will be blurred and we may not be able to use them and scan may be repeated.

What happens following the scan?

Your blood pressure and heart rate will be checked after the scan. If your blood pressure and heart rate are normal and you feel well, we will take the cannula out of your arm and you will be allowed to leave.

In some cases, we may keep you for a while to give you something to eat and drink and/or to give you fluids through your veins (if you are dehydrated).

If you feel unwell, please tell a staff member as soon as possible.

When will I get my results?

A radiologist will write a report. The scan results and report will be sent to your referring doctor. Please contact your doctor to discuss or obtain a copy of the results. Your results will not be available at the end of your scan.

X-rays use radiation to take pictures of bones and other parts inside the body. An OPG is a panoramic X-ray of the upper and lower jaws, including the teeth. The OPG unit is specifically designed to rotate around the patient’s head during the scan. An OPG will take approximately 20 seconds.

An OPG can be used to look for:

  • Fractures
  • Dislocated jaw
  • Infection
  • Dentition (teeth)
  • It can also be used for surgical planning.

Your doctor, dentist or dental specialist knows the risks of having an OPG and will consider the risks before recommending you have this type of X-ray.

Bring your referral letter or request form and all OPG X-rays taken within the last 2 years with you. Leave the X-rays with the medical imaging staff as the doctor may need to look at them. The staff member will tell you when these are ready to be picked up.

Medical imaging staff will ask you to sit on a chair or stand for the OPG. It is important that you tell the staff if you have difficulty sitting or standing unassisted. The radiographer may place a protective shield over the parts of your body not being X-rayed, or you may be asked to wear a protective apron.

When you are ready, the radiographer will go behind a screen to start the OPG machine. They will ask you to be still during the OPG. When your OPG is finished you will be asked to wait while the radiographer checks the pictures. The procedure usually takes about 5 minutes including time taken to get ready.

Bone Mineral Densitometry, also commonly referred to as BMD, is the examination that uses a device to scan the lower spine and one of the hips (or wrist if a hip replacement has been performed), to assess for possible osteoporosis or reduced bone density. Osteoporosis results from loss of bone mass, leading to bone weakening and increasing the chance of a fracture. Results will be compared with previous studies and hence it is important to have these available. Ideally Your BMD should be performed on the same scanner each time to provide the most accurate assessment over time.

Bone mass increases from infancy until about 20-30 years when normal young adult achieves peak bone mass. After this time bone mass gradually decreases with age, and this loss of bone mass is further accelerated in females related to menopause. Once bone mass falls below a certain threshold, the risk of fracture dramatically increases.

In most cases we can fit you in on the day without an appointment. No specific preparation is necessary for this test. The test should not be performed within a period of 72 hours following a nuclear bone scan or within one week following a barium study (barium meal, small bowel barium follow-through or barium enema).

We may ask you to change into a gown to avoid clothing creating confusing shadows on the image. Clothing without metal (eg zips, buttons) should be worn for the examination.

You will be required to lie on your back on the scanner table. You will hear minimal noise when the scanner moves above you. There will be no injections or discomfort and no breath hold is required. However, it is important to remain as still as possible for the examination.

Following the scan, the information obtained is processed by computer and reported by the radiologist or nuclear medicine physician. The scan takes only a few minutes but the examination can take up 15 minutes to complete as we ask some questions about medical history.

The cost of the scan may be claimed from Medicare under certain circumstances. Unfortunately, these criteria are very strict and some patients are not eligible to claim a Medicare rebate and are therefore required to pay a fee at the time of consultation – this will be discussed at the time of booking.

Body composition scans use DEXA (Dual X-ray Energy Absorptiometry) technology in assessing body fat, lean muscle and bone mass throughout the body. No preparation is required and it is a good way to assess your progress with your fitness goals. The study should not be performed if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Following the examination, you will be given a hardcopy of your Body Composition scan which will includes colour images and information including your body mass index (BMI), total % body fat and weight of total muscle.

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