X-RAYS

X-RAYS

Digital X-rays are commonly used to visualise the chest, airways, spine and bones. This is a form of X-ray imaging where digital X-ray sensors are utilised. Advantages include time efficiency and the ability to digitally transfer images.

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Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.

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Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined

Before

Please advise us:
    • if you are, or think you may be, pregnant
    • If you have any metal around the area being examined (e.g jewellery, dentures, metal buttons etc)
    • If you have had any previous injuries or surgery to the area being examined.
Preparation

Please bring your referral, Medicare card with any previous imaging relating to the region being scanned. You may be required to remove jewellery and clothing that contain zips or metal objects, as

During

It will depend on what area you are
having X-rayed

However, generally;

You may be asked to change into a gown. Depending on which area you are having examined, you may be asked to lie on a table, stand or sit.

It is very important you remain still while your X-ray is taken.

How long does it take?

Approx 15 minutes

After

There are no restrictions after having a Digital X-ray.

After your examination, the images from your study will be printed and given to you. A report, along with access to the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. Wise Radiology will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

It is important that you return to your doctor, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.

OPG

OPG

An OPG is an X-ray which displays all the teeth, jaws and temperomandibular joints in a single image.It is often used in the planning of orthodontic work, a review of wisdom teeth or a general overview of the teeth and bone in that area.

What to Bring:

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Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.

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Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined

Before

Please advise us:
    • if you are, or think you may be, pregnant
    • If you have any metal around the area being examined (e.g jewellery, dentures, metal buttons etc)
    • If you have had any previous injuries or surgery to the area being examined.
Preparation

Please bring your referral, Medicare card with any previous imaging relating to the region being scanned. You may be required to remove jewellery and clothing that contain zips or metal objects, as

During

Most OPGs are performed standing with your chin resting on a small shelf, biting gently on a sterile mouth piece to steady your head.

It is very important you remain still
while your X-ray is taken.

How long does it take?

Approx 15 minutes

After

There are no restrictions after having a Digital X-ray.

After your examination the report, along with access to the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. Wise Radiology will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

It is important that you return to your doctor, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.

CT SCAN

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY

What is a CT scan?

Short for computerised axial tomography scan. A cross-sectional view of an internal body part made by a computer that assembles a series of x-rays taken at
different angles into a three-dimensional image. CT scans are used in medicine to help diagnose a disease or disorder.

Our radiology equipment is the first of its kind in Australia, delivering increased diagnostic sensitivity and specificity. The technology includes gout detection,
kidney stone differentiation and bone oedema (which helps differentiate old and new fractures in osteoporotic patients), allowing clinical management pathways
to be altered to the benefit of patients. The ‘Definition AS+ TwinBeam system’ also boasts lung perfusion maps for pulmonary embolism studies, which have seen
detection rates increase by 33%.

Before

Please advise us:
      • If you have had an adverse reaction to a previous contrast injection or other drugs or if you have any renal impairment.
      • If you are or think you may be, pregnant.
      • If you have any metal around the area being examined (e.g jewellery, dentures, metal buttons etc)
      • If you have had any previous injuries or surgery to the area being examined.
Preparation

Please bring your referral, Medicare card with any previous imaging relating to the region being scanned.

Abdomen & pelvis (liver, pancreas, adrenal glands, spleen, bowel, kidneys, bladder): Nothing to eat for 3 hours prior to appointment, Stay well hydrated. Arrive 1 hour prior to appointment to drink an oral contrast solution

      • Brain/head, soft tissue neck, chest & KUB (kidney, ureters & bladder) – Nothing to eat for 3 hours prior to appointment.
      • Angiogram – Nothing to eat for 3 hours prior to appointment.
      • Spine & extremities -No preparation. If the patient is over 60 or they are diabetic a recent renal function test should be obtained, which is valid for 3 months

During

After the preparation for your particular examination, you change into a gown (except for head scans), then lie on a bed which slides through the opening in the scanner. The bed will go through the scanner once for the planning scan, then once for each scan. Some scans such as liver CT may require multiple scans over a few minutes as the contrast flows through.

How long does it take?

After the preparation, the scan itself takes about 15 minutes. Time can change if the scan requires contrast

After

Have a high fluid intake for 24 hours to flush out the contrast. After your examination, the images from your study will burned to a DVD and given to you. A report, along with access to the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. Wise Radiology will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

It is important that you return to your doctor, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.

Possible complications

Allergic reactions to contrast material can occur but significant reactions are rare, and generally respond to adrenaline. Our staff members are equipped and trained to treat contrast reactions.

ULTRASOUND

ULTRASOUND

Reflected sound waves are used to image the soft tissues of your body. Ultrasound can be used to image the abdomen, pelvis (including obstetrics and gynaecology), blood vessels and musculoskeletal soft tissues. Ultrasound is an extremely safe and painless procedure.

What to Bring:

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Referral from your General Practitioner or Specialist if you are accessing WiSE Radiology as an outpatient.

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Any previous report and/or images for the region being examined

Before

PREPARATION | ABDOMEN ULTRASOUND

Instructions on how to prepare for the test will be provided when you arrange the appointment. In general, there is a period of fasting for about 6 hours. Medications may be taken with a sip of water.

PREPARATION | RENAL/PELVIC ULTRASOUND

Instructions on how to prepare for the test will be provided when you arrange the appointment. In general, you will be asked to empty your bladder, drink and then hold 1-2 hours prior to the test.

During

You may be asked to change into a gown. A clear jelly is applied to the skin and a small plastic probe is moved over the skin above the area being examined. Multiple images are taken throughout the exam. The sonographer will be with you throughout the scan and will usually ask questions about your medical history and the reason for the examination so that the optimal examination for your problem will be done.

To get the best images can be very challenging and requires considerable time and concentration by the sonographer. With consent, an internal examination may be performed during a female pelvic ultrasound

How long does it take?

An ultrasound takes approx 15-60 minutes depending on the complexity.

After

There are no restrictions after having an Ultrasound.

After your examination, the images from your study will be printed and given to you. A report, along with access to the images will be sent directly to your referring doctor. Wise Radiology will store digital copies of all studies on our secure database for comparison with any future examinations.

It is important that you return to your doctor, your doctor needs to know promptly so that a management plan can be formulated.