At I-MED Radiology, we have a vision. This is to be the most respected and trusted radiology specialists in the world. Our radiology network is made up of more than 240 clinics around Australia. It is a network that delivers high quality and expert care. We work together with referrers. We also work with hospitals and clinicians. This is to provide the best radiology health outcomes for patients.
A CT scan is a medical procedure that takes images of the inside of your body. It used to be called a CAT scan. It helps diagnose medical conditions. For example, when someone has internal injuries in an accident. This helps doctors plan medical treatment. A CT scan is a type of x-ray which creates three-dimensional photos of your body. The machine moves in a circular motion around you. It takes x-rays of very thin slices of your body.
A CT scan may be used during the following procedures:
Any part of your body can be scanned. Common areas include:
Each year we perform more than 4.6 million patient procedures at I-MED Radiology. We have more than 300 radiologists in the team supported by 3,000 staff nation-wide. Radiology knowledge and expertise are shared throughout the network. This enables complex cases to receive second opinions without delay.
I-MED Radiology combines the most up-to-date radiology equipment and sophisticated radiology technology. We do this with a culture that puts the patient at the centre of everything we do within the area of radiology.
Nuclear medicine is a specialised area of radiology. Nuclear medicine uses very small amounts of radioactive materials. This is done to examine organ function and structure.
Nuclear medicine imaging incorporates a range of disciplines. These disciplines include:
A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan takes images of the inside of your body. It is useful for diagnosing:
A pelvic ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic exam. It produces images to analyse organs and structures within the female pelvis. A pelvic ultrasound allows quick visualisation of the female pelvic organs and structures. This includes the following:
Radiography is the imaging of body structures using x-rays. It is a form of radiation like visible light, radio-waves and micro-waves. X-radiation is special because it has a very high energy level. This allows the x-ray beam to penetrate through the body and create an image or picture.
The image is created due to the x-ray beam being absorbed differently. It is absorbed by different structures or parts of the body. A dense structure like bone absorbs a high percentage of the x-ray beam. While low-density structures like soft tissues absorb a small percentage. The body has many different structures of varying densities. This difference creates a picture or image.
Pregnancy ultrasound services are available at I-MED Radiology. Let’s look at when it is required for a pregnant woman to have an ultrasound.
A first-trimester scan is usually between week 11 and week 14. It confirms the due date of the baby. This scan can also help to determine whether the baby is developing inside the womb. A fertilised egg that implants and grows outside of the womb are called an ectopic pregnancy.
A second-trimester scan is usually between weeks 18 and 20. This can be used for checks for structural abnormalities. This is significant for the baby’s head or spine. If you want to know the baby’s gender at this time you can find out.
Third-trimester scans are sometimes recommended to women who have previously given birth to a baby with low birth weight. It is also recommended for women that are carrying twins, or who have other medical complications.