About Diagnostic Imaging

About diagnostic imagingAt Uniting Care Medical Imaging we are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality of medical imaging and diagnostic services, so we have put together some information about diagnostic imaging to help you better understand our services.

What is Diagnostic Imaging?

Diagnostic imaging, medical imaging and radiology are general terms that cover the capturing and interpretation of images for the purpose of medical diagnosis.

Diagnostic Imaging Procedures

Radiography

Radiography includes general x-ray, bone densitometry (a technique that measures bone density), and mammography (a technique for examining the breast).

Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a procedure in which high energy sound waves are used to generate cross sectional and 3D images of soft tissue. Doppler ultrasound is capable of demonstrating blood flow and abnormalities associated with blood vessels.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Computed Tomography (CT) is a procedure in which a computer is able to analyse information received from x-ray beams to generate multiple cross-sectional and 3D images of a particular organ or area of the body including skeletal detail.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a very powerful magnet and radio-frequency pulses to collect signals that are then processed by a computer to form a picture of the body part being studied. Images line up like slices from a loaf of bread.

MRI gives a detailed picture of the soft tissues of the body e.g. muscles, ligaments, brain tissue, discs and blood vessels.

Nuclear Medicine

Nuclear Medicine is sub-specialty where the patient is given a low dose radiation isotope which is then detected by a gamma camera to indicate metabolic and biological functions within the body. Nuclear Medicine also includes Positron Emission Tomography (PET), a precise imaging procedure often used as a tool for cancer diagnosis, staging and monitoring.

Interventional Radiology

Interventional Radiology is sub-speciality within the field of diagnostic imaging which uses various imaging techniques (such as x-ray, CT scans, MRI scans, and Ultrasound) to guide the placement of needles, catheters, drains and stents inside a patient to diagnose or treat an array of conditions.

Theranostics

Theranostics is a new field of medicine which combines specific targeted therapy based on specific targeted diagnostic tests. Theranostics uses specific biological pathways in the human body, to acquire diagnostic images and also to deliver a therapeutic dose of radiation to the patient.

Key People Involved In Diagnostic Imaging

A Radiologist

A radiologist is a medical specialist who has completed at least 12 years of training including dedicated post medical school training in diagnostic radiology. All Australian radiologists are credentialed by The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists. They are responsible for interpreting diagnostic images of patients for medical diagnostic purposes.

A Nuclear Physician

A nuclear physician is a medical specialist who has completed at least 12 years of training including dedicated post medical school training in Nuclear Medicine. All Australian nuclear physicians are credentialed by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians. They are responsible for interpreting diagnostic images of patients for medical diagnostic purposes.

Radiographers and Sonographers

Radiographers and sonographers are professionally trained technologists who have completed a University degree with the option of further post graduate study required for specific modalities such as Ultrasound. They work with the radiologist to operate the specialised equipment used to capture the diagnostic images of patients, used for medical diagnostic purposes.

A Nuclear Medicine Technologist

A nuclear medicine technologist is a professionally trained technologist who has completed a University degree specialising in Nuclear Medicine. They work with the nuclear physicians and radiologists to operate the specialised equipment used to capture the diagnostic images of patients used for medical diagnostic purposes.

You can also read more about our Diagnostic Imaging Services, Procedures and Interventional Radiology, and Theranostics.

The information contained in this section is provided as a general overview only. It is not, and should never be regarded as, medical advice and should not be relied upon in any way whatsoever. Always consult a qualified medical practitioner if you require medical attention.