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Diagnostic Imaging

Sub-specialist expertise delivered on-site by the Mater Private Radiology Department, including  X-Ray, MRI, CT, Dexa and Ultrasound. Access to imaging on the same day as consultation and treatment planning.

A CT scan is used to create multiple detailed images of internal organs, bones, soft tissues and blood vessels. CT is a fast, painless and non-invasive type of imaging. The CT scanner is like the MRI but with a shorter tube and is substantially less noisy.

What happens during my scan?

CT exams are generally painless, fast and easy.

With our multi-detector CT, the amount of time that you need to lie still or hold your breath for is reduced.

During the scan the radiographer will always be able to see you through the viewing window, talk to you and hear you.

With modern CT scanners, you will hear only slight buzzing, clicking and whirring sounds as the scanner's internal parts are working away.

Some CT exams will require the use of a contrast dye to provide further definition to an area. This is usually injected via an intravenous line in your hand or arm.

A CT coronary angiogram exam is a combination of CT scanning and contrast dye, used to create multiple detailed images, to evaluate the arteries that supply blood to the heart.
CTA is useful in helping to diagnose and assess conditions such as aneurysms, blockages, injuries, tumours, vessel tears and many more.

What happens during my scan?

Unlike a coronary angiogram, it is a non-invasive is procedure.

If required, an iodine-rich contrast material (dye) is usually injected through a small catheter placed in your arm, before the scan starts.

You will feel a pin prick when the needle is inserted into your vein and will likely have a warm, flushed sensation during the injection of the contrast material. 

Some patients report a metallic taste in their mouth that lasts a minute or two. Others feel the need to urinate; however, it is only a sensation and subsides quickly.

To accurately capture the images, you will be positioned correctly on the bed by your radiographer.  Once the scan starts the bed won’t move but you will hear noises from the machine as it works

After the scan, the intravenous line will be removed, if one was used.

Once you are finished you can return to your normal activities.

A DEXA scan provides a direct measurement of bone density. It is used to assess the strength of your bones and evaluate the risk of bones breaking.

It is a fast, accurate and painless scan, with an extremely low dose of radiation.

DEXA scans help to diagnose or assess the risk of developing bone-related health problems, such as osteoporosis.

What happens during my scan?

You will be lying on an examination bed. 

A large scanning 'arm' will pass over and above your body. 

It moves slowly and you won't feel any sensations.

It  is a very straightforward process.

An MRI examination generates extremely detailed internal images using magnetic fields and radio waves. 

The MRI scanner looks doughnut which the bed moves in and out of, as required by your particular scan.
Our particular scanner is wider than average and open at both ends, making it a more pleasant and less claustrophobic experience.

What happens during my test?

The exam itself is painless but the machine is noisy.

Before the exam we will go through an extensive checklist as it is really important to ensure that any metal is removed safely before we start - an mri is essentially a huge magnet. 

To drown out the noise, we can give you earphones and play music  – we have a huge range of music; pick anything from relaxation to banging rock to the latest hits. Just remember you will need to keep still at certain times, so trying not to move to the beat!

During the exam, the MRI radiographer will always be able to see you through the viewing window, talk to you and hear you.

There are many types of MRI scans, most of which last approximately half an hour but occasionally some can last for up to one hour.

An X-ray is a quick, painless test that produces images of the structures inside your body. The most common x-rays are of bones, chest and the abdomen.

What happens during my test?

You will be positioned lying down, sitting or standing – depending on the x-ray to be taken.

In some cases you may have to hold your breath for a few seconds.

X-rays are generally painless, and you don't feel any sensation.

It takes just a few minutes.

Ultrasound (sometimes called a sonogram) uses high-frequency sound waves to create internal images.

Although commonly associated with pregnancy, ultrasound covers a much broader range of diagnostic examinations such as abdominal, breast, pelvic, renal, vascular, testicular and more.

An ultrasound can be internal or external, depending on the images required.

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MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
DEXA - Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry  
CT - Computed Tomography  
CTA - Computed Tomography Angiography  
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