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Radiology

The Walk-in Specialist Emergency Radiology service includes diagnostic radiology (X-rays, CT, OPG, Ultrasound), interventional radiology, cardiac CT, obstetric and gynaecological imaging.

The Walk-in Specialist Emergency Clinic is committed to providing seamless and professional care to both patients accessing our Radiology service through our Specialist Emergency medical stream as well as external GP and Specialist referrals. WiSE Radiology meets all expectations of professionalism and accuracy using the most advanced equipment to provide you with comprehensive diagnostic imaging across all imaging modalities.

When accessing our Specialist Emergency Stream, there is a $200* facility fee. This covers your immediate specialist consultation and assessment, all diagnostic imaging and blood tests, observation and any interventions necessary. No after-hours Ultrasound fee applies.

Bulk-billed Radiology services, XRAY, CT, OPG and Ultrasound* are available with a valid GP or Specialist Referral that do not require an Emergency Specialist consult. Your results will be provided to your referring doctor.

*For those accessing Ultrasound after-hours, 6pm to 10pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays a Sonographer call-out fee may apply. Please enquire at the time of your booking.

* This fee is not covered by Medicare or health funds. Bupa overseas insurance members are covered.

WiSE Radiology Services

What is an X-Ray?

X-ray is a high-energy electromagnetic wave, similar to light, used to view internal organs and produce images of the human body.  It is non invasive, invisible and painless.  Physicians use it to diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No appointments necessary.

How do I prepare for my X-ray?

No special preparation is required for an X-ray. You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.

You may be asked to wear a gown during the procedure.

Important Information:

Before your examination you must tell us if you:

  • are pregnant or suspect you may be.
  • have any metal around the area being examined (e.g jewellery, dentures, metal buttons etc)
  • have had any previous injuries or surgery to the area being examined.
  • have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination.

What to Bring:

  • Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.
  • If you have accessed the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician services it will be an internal referral by our Specialist Emergency Physician and included in your Facility Fee.
  • Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined.  If taken at our clinic then you will not need to bring them with you, as it is on our system.

How do I pay?

  • For patients with a valid GP or specialist referral our Radiology department Bulk-bills with Medicare.
  • For patients accessing the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician, any Radiology diagnostics are included in the facility fee.
  • For WorkCover claims, you will need the claim number, claim officer’s name and phone number and any other relevant details.

Who will do my X-ray?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will perform your X-ray.

What will happen during my X-ray?

You may be asked to metal objects (e.g. jewellery) from the region being examined, and change into a disposable gown.

Depending on which area of the body is being examined, you will be asked to either lie down on the xray table or stand up next to the x-ray plate. Our radiographer will position you and move the x-ray machine over the area that is being scanned. The radiographer will then walk behind a screen to take the x-ray. They will ask you not to move while the x-ray is being taken, usually only for a few seconds.  You may also be asked to hold your breath during this time. Most examinations require 2 more or projections to be taken, so the radiographer will be positioning you and moving in and out of the room multiple times.

At the end of the examination the radiographer will ask you to wait for a couple of minutes while they check the images. The entire procedure normally takes 5-10 minutes.

What is an OPG / Dental X-ray?

An OPG (Orthopantomogram), or Dental X-ray, is a procedure that uses x-rays to view and produce images of the jaws and teeth.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No appointments required.

How do I prepare for my OPG?

No special preparation is required for an OPG.  Try not to wear any earrings or necklaces, as these may be required to be removed.

Important Information:

Before your examination, you must tell us if you:

  • are pregnant or suspect you may be.
  • have any metal objects around your head (e.g jewellery, dentures)
  • have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination.

What to Bring:

  • Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.
  • If you have accessed the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician services it will be an internal referral by our Specialist Emergency Physician and included in your Facility Fee.
  • Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined.  If taken at our clinic then you will not need to bring them with you, as it is on our system.

How do I pay?

  • For patients with a valid GP or specialist referral our Radiology department Bulk-bills with Medicare.
  • For patients accessing the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician, any Radiology diagnostics are included in the facility fee.

Who will do my OPG?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will perform your OPG.

What will happen during my OPG?

You may be asked to remove any metal objects (e.g. jewellery) from around your head.  You will then be asked to face the OPG machine and bite on a plastic disposable mouthpiece.  Our radiographer will then position you.  Once positioned, the radiographer will go behind a screen and take the X-ray.  While the X-ray is being taken, the OPG machine will rotate around your head for 10 seconds.  It is very important you do not move during this time.

The entire procedure normally takes a few minutes.  There are no side effects to an OPG and you can resume normal activity afterwards.

What is a CT?

Computed Tomography (CT), or CAT scans are special X-ray tests that produce cross-sectional images of the body using X-rays and a computer.

CT scan images allow the doctor to look at the inside of the body just as one would look at the inside of a loaf of bread by slicing it. This type of special X-ray, in a sense, takes “pictures” of slices of the body so doctors can look right at the area of interest. CT scans are frequently used to evaluate the brain, neck, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and sinuses.

For certain CT scans, patients are given oral or intravenous contrast agents to increase the detail of the images.

Do I need to make an appointment?

No appointments required however, we ask if you could please call us before coming in as for certain CT examinations preparation is required.

How do I prepare for my CT?

Preparation for CT can vary, depending on what type of scan you are having done.  As a result, please call before coming in for a CT scan.

Important Information:

Before your examination you must tell us if you:

  • are pregnant or suspect you may be.
  • have any metal objects around the body part being examined (e.g jewellery, dentures, metal buttons)
  • have any information you believe may be relevant to your examination.

What to Bring:

  • Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.
  • If you have accessed the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician services it will be an internal referral by our Specialist Emergency Physician and included in your Facility Fee.
  • Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined.  If taken at our clinic then you will not need to bring them with you, as it is on our system.

How do I pay?

  • For patients with a valid GP or specialist referral our Radiology department Bulk-bills with Medicare.
  • For patients accessing the WiSE Specialist Emergency physician, any Radiology diagnostics are included in the facility fee.

Who will do my CT?

A qualified and specially trained radiographer will perform your CT.