Our specialist radiologists are supported by a highly trained team of radiographers, sonographers and administration staff. Our commitment is to provide excellence in all imaging modalities and to treat our patients and referring doctors with consideration and courtesy.
What is a Radiologist
A radiologist is a specialist medical doctor who has undertaken postgraduate training in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic imaging tests. Radiologists are available to assist other doctors and specialists in the diagnosis and treatment of their patients.
Radiologists at St Vincent’s Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine have expertise in many areas. These include subspecialisation in neuroradiology, musculoskeletal imaging (including MRI), interventional radiology, thoracic imaging, womens imaging, breast imaging and nuclear medicine.
What is a Radiographer
Diagnostic Radiographers work closely with Radiologists to produce images from a range of technologies including X Rays, CT’s, MRI’s, Mammography and Screening procedures that can help to provide an accurate diagnosis.
A Radiographer holds a Bachelor degree or higher qualification and is licensed under the Radiation Control Act 1990 by the Environment Protection Authority to use radiation apparatus and radioactive substances. Our Radiographers are registered with the Australian Institute of Radiography (AIR), a peak body for those health professionals who work in the disciplines of Diagnostic Radiography/Medical Imaging, Radiation Therapy and Ultrasound. It is mandatory that the Radiographers participate in the AIR CPD programme for ongoing training and education.
What is a Sonographer
A sonographer is a highly skilled medical imaging health professional who operates ultrasound equipment to perform diagnostic sonographic scans. Scans are performed on many different parts of the body for many different clinical reasons.
Sonographers have undertaken post graduate studies in ultrasound and belong to various professional associations including the Australian Institute of Radiology (AIR), the Australian Society for Ultrasound in Medicine (ASUM) and the Australian Sonographers Association. The purpose of these professional bodies is to promote the highest standards of medical ultrasound, to provide education and to set standards of practice in this continually developing specialty.
Across our practices we endeavour to maintain state-of-the-art equipment to offer you the highest quality imaging and maximum diagnostic information.
What is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist
Nuclear medicine technologists administer radiopharmaceutical tracer to patients and then monitor the characteristics and functions of tissues or organs in which the drugs localise. Abnormal areas show higher-than-expected or lower-than-expected concentrations of radioactivity. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic imaging technologies because it determines the presence of disease on the basis of metabolic changes, rather than changes in organ structure.
Nuclear medicine technologists operate cameras that detect and map the radioactive drug in a patient's body to create diagnostic images. After explaining test procedures to patients, technologists prepare a dosage of the radiopharmaceutical and administer it by mouth, injection, inhalation, or other means. They position patients and start a gamma camera, or “scanner,” which creates images of the distribution of a radiopharmaceutical as it localises in and emits signals from the patient's body. The images are produced on a computer screen or on film for a physician to interpret.
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