What to expect

  • 1 - 3 hour procedure
  • Fasting and blood test required
  • Possible overnight hospital stay

Angiography is a specialised x-ray to examine blood vessels using a fluoroscopy machine. It's performed by inserting a thin tube, or catheter, then injecting an x-ray dye (called contrast media) into an artery to see the vessels' course and flow.

  • 20 mins procedure
  • No prep required
  • Wear comfortable clothing

Bone mineral densitometry (BMD) scans use a small dose of radiation to measure the density of bones. During the scan, patients lie on their back on a wide, flat bed. A camera arm will pass over the top of them taking a series of images.

  • 15 mins - 1 hour procedure
  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Most patients are able to drive home

A CT scanner uses x-rays to create multi-dimensional images of a specific body area which help to diagnose medical conditions. In some cases, contrast media may be injected to provide further detail. You'll lie on a table which moves inside the scanner to obtain images.

  • 5 mins procedure
  • Remove metal objects from head/neck
  • Includes jewellery, glasses etc.

An orthopantomogram (OPG) captures x-rays of the head/face on film. A panoramic frontal image, displaying a wide view of the region.

  • 20 - 30 mins procedure
  • Zero radiation
  • Wear comfortable clothing

An Echocardiogram, or Cardiac Ultrasound, is used to examine the heart using high frequency sound waves to produce an image.

  • 30 mins procedure
  • A type of X-ray exam
  • Provides detailed moving images

A fluoroscopy is helpful in diagnosing and treating abnormalities in the body. It examines entire systems, producing moving images that allow doctors to see if there's a blood clot in veins or arteries, if bones are healthy, or if the digestive tract is working properly.

  • Minimally invasive procedures
  • Performed by radiologists
  • Wide range of imaging techniques

'Interventional Procedures' refers to a range of minimally invasive specialty procedures, from simple corticosteroid injections to minor surgical procedures.

  • 20 minute procedure
  • Wear a two piece outfit
  • No talcum powder or body lotion

Mammography or Tomosynthesis produces a 3D image of your breasts, which are used by radiologists to get a more intensive view of the tissue.

  • Most MRI scans take 20 - 40 mins
  • No ionising radiation
  • Uses magnet and radiofrequency pulses

MRI is a tunnel that uses a powerful magnet and radiofrequency pulses to collect signals from hydrogen protons in your body.

  • Looks at organ and tissue function
  • Administers a radioactive tracer
  • May require subsequent imaging

Nuclear Medicine scans use a radioactive tracer called a radiopharmaceutical. This tracer is usually injected or swallowed, then images are taken using a gamma (SPECT/CT) camera.

  • Procedure takes 2 - 3 hours
  • Administers a radioactive tracer
  • You may need to fast before the test

PET/CT imaging uses a radioactive tracer called a positron emitter. A small amount of this tracer is injected into a patient's vein. Images are then taken to show the distribution of the tracer in the body.

  • High-frequency soundwave imaging
  • Safe procedure - no known risks
  • Most scans take up to 30 mins

Ultrasound uses soundwaves to produce images of structures inside the body. These images can detect a variety of diseases and conditions. It doesn't use any radiation and is generally pain-free.

  • 5 - 15 mins procedure
  • Usually same-day appointment
  • Wear comfortable clothes with no metal

X-rays produce a two-dimensional image using a light beam to examine internal body parts like bones and organs.

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  • Over 150 imaging centres across Australia

  • Highly trained team of healthcare professionals

  • 3 million radiography examinations conducted each year

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