Medicare rebate for Prostate MRI announced in Federal Budget
It’s an exciting time for men’s health with the announcement in this month’s Federal Budget that Prostate MRI will be covered by a Medicare rebate from 1 July 2018.
Wesley Medical Imaging (WMI) has long been a leader in prostate imaging. WMI was the first in Australia to introduce Prostate MRI and prostate cancer specific PET scans (PSMA). Since commencement WMI (and more recently St Andrew’s Medical Imaging (SAMI)) has performed over 13,700 Prostate MRI’s and 3,600 PSMA scans. These numbers are significantly higher than any other centre in Australia (public or private). Our experience and time spent teaching advanced prostate imaging techniques has consequently built us an international reputation as a Centre of Excellence for Prostate Imaging.
Bulk Billing Prostate MRI
Dr Nick Kienzle, clinical director at WMI said due to years of clinical validation, this non-invasive procedure will now have widespread availability for men across Australia. WMI and SAMI recognise the importance of a Medicare rebate for prostate scanning and as a result will “no gap” Prostate MRI from 1 July.
“Since pioneering Prostate MRI in 2012, WMI has witnessed the value it brings to diagnosis and management of prostate disease. We now understand the pivotal role it plays in men’s health”
Magnet Resonance Imaging provides more detailed images of the prostate gland than other tests such as CT scans or ultrasound. Prostate Magnetic Resonance Imaging could furthermore alleviate the need for a prostate biopsy in most men. Men requiring this test will need a specialist Urologist referral to be eligible for the rebate.
Our comprehensive prostate service offering includes:
- Advanced 3T multi-parametric MRI prostate imaging
- 3T MRI-guided prostate biopsies
- Prostate PET imaging (PSMA)
- Lutetium Therapy for end stage, treatment resistant, metastatic prostate cancer
- Radium Therapy for end stage, treatment resistant, metastatic prostate cancer
- Prostate Artery Embolisation for Benign Prostate Hyperplasia