Interventional Radiology Doctors

The Uniting Care Medical Imaging QVIR service employs a highly qualified team of specialist radiologists, radiographers and support staff, and we aim to foster unique working relationships between our valued referrers and our highly experienced team of specialist diagnostic and interventional radiologists.

We offer the only fulltime, private, comprehensive, Vascular and Interventional Radiology service in Brisbane to assist in the management of your patients.

The full range of diagnostic imaging modalities available allows for comprehensive patient assessment at a single location, and means our radiologists are uniquely positioned to provide an accurate opinion based upon findings from multiple imaging modalities drawing upon varied subspecialist interests.

Our radiologists welcome the opportunity to discuss cases – whether straightforward or complex and provide advice on tailored imaging strategies for individual patients.

 

Dr Nicholas Kienzle

Dr Nicholas Kienzle

Clinical Director, Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist

MBBS (UQ), FRANZCR, EBIR

Dr Nicholas Kienzle is the Clinical Director of Radiology at Wesley Medical Imaging.

A University of Queensland Medical School graduate, Dr Kienzle completed his radiology training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital before undertaking advanced training in vascular and interventional radiology at the University of British Columbia and Vancouver General Hospital in Canada.

His expertise lies in a comprehensive range of image guided procedures and therapies with a particular interest in abdominal/hepato-biliary intervention and uterine fibroid embolisation.

Special Interests

  • Vascular & interventional radiology
  • Interventional Oncology
  • Abdominal imaging

Dr Nick Brown

Dr Nick Brown

Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist

BSc, MBBS (UQ), MPhil, MSpMed, FRANZCR, EBIR

Dr Nick Brown specialises in Interventional Radiology, with particular interests in interventional oncology, thoracic interventions, sports medicine and uroradiology. After graduating from the University of Queensland Medical School, Dr Brown undertook radiology training at The Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He completed a fellowship in Interventional Radiology at St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne, with a sub-specialist interest in interventional oncology. He also attained post-graduate qualifications in sports medicine from the University of Queensland and bioscience enterprise from the University of Cambridge, which compliments his work in radiology.

Dr Brown has a number of active research interests in oncology, toxicology and nuclear medicine, and has published numerous papers in peer- reviewed literature. He is an honorary research fellow at The Australian Venom Research Unit and also currently holds academic appointments at the University of Queensland and the Translational Research Institute.

Special Interests

  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Interventional Oncology
  • Prostate Artery Embolisation

Published Research

PUBLICATION LINK UCMI RESEARCHERS RESEARCH DESCRIPTION DATE OF PUBLICATION
Mr Ross Holt

Dr Barbara Laing

Dr Darren Ault

Dr Nick Brown

Dr Rob Parkinson

MRI-guided in-bore biopsy for prostate cancer: what does the evidence say? A case series of 554 patients and a review of the current literature

Over the last 5 years prostate MRI has emerged as a revolutionary imaging modality in diagnosis of prostate cancer. The introduction of prostate MRI has led to the possibility of performing a prostate biopsy while the patient is in the MRI machine (MRI-guided biopsy, MRGB). This study reviewed the imaging and biopsy results of 554 men who underwent a MRGB at the Wesley Hospital. It was found that 80% of patients (443 men) were positive for prostate cancer, and 55% of patients (307 men) had a significant cancer. Most men who had a significant cancer had been deemed highly suspicious for significant cancer by the Radiologist who reported the prostate MRI. Overall, this study demonstrates the value of a MRI-based two-step approach to diagnosis of prostate cancer, including prostate MRI, followed by MRGB if the MRI is suspicious for cancer.

September
2018
Dr Nick Brown

Dr Duncan Walker

Dr Rhiannon McBean

Prostate artery Embolisation Assessment of Safety and feasibilitY (P-EASY): a potential alternative to long-term medical therapy for benign prostate hyperplasia

Prostate artery embolisation (PAE) is an emerging treatment for symptomatic enlarged prostates (benign prostate hyperplasia, BPH). BPH is very common condition in men with prevalence increasing with age. The PAE procedure is performed by an Interventional Radiologist and involves blocking the blood supply to the prostate with microsphere, which causes the prostate to soften and shrink, thus relieving symptoms. This study was the first prospective trial to study PAE in Australia and aimed to assess the safety, short-term efficacy and early functional results of (PAE). The results of this study showed PAE is a technically feasible and safe procedure, with excellent short-term efficacy. Follow-up of this cohort to 3 months showed an 80% improvement in both symptoms and quality of life; furthermore 90% of patients had ceased or decreased their dependence on medication for BPH.

August
2018
Dr Nick Brown First use of microvascular plugs in Australia for permanent embolisation of small arteries

Micro Vascular Plug System (MVP), are a treatment for small blood vessels in the lungs which are abnormally connected to each other (called pulmonary arteriovenous malformations, PAVMs). If left untreated, patients are at increased risk of serious complications such as stroke. This report describes the first Australian experience with the use of MVP for PAVMs and found that inserting these tiny blood vessel plugs into the PAVM was a feasible, safe and effective treatment.

February
2018

Dr Aidan Callinan

Dr Aidan Callinan

Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist

MBBS (U Syd), FRANZCR

Dr Aidan Callinan specialises in vascular and interventional radiology and emergency trauma radiology.

A University of Sydney Medical School graduate, Dr Callinan went on to complete his radiology training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital before undertaking fellowship training in emergency trauma imaging at Vancouver General Hospital in Canada.

Dr Callinan returned to further develop his vascular and body imaging skills as staff consultant and Director of Emergency Radiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He has an interest in non-invasive cardiac imaging and has level A accreditation in CT Coronary Angiography.

Dr Callinan also has an interest in forensic radiology and is a visiting radiologist for Queensland Forensic Services at the John Tonge Centre in Brisbane. He joined Standrew Imaging in 2010 and is a welcome member of the interventional and diagnostic radiology teams.

Special Interests

  • Vascular & interventional radiology
  • Emergency & trauma radiology
  • Body imaging
  • Cardiac imaging
  • Forensic radiology

Dr Nigel Mott

Dr Nigel Mott

Interventional Radiologist

BSc (Hons) (UQ), MBBS (UQ), FRANZCR, EBIR

Dr Nigel Mott graduated from the University of Queensland Medical School in 2002 going on to complete his residency and radiology training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. He undertook fellowship training in general and vascular interventional radiology at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne before completing a second fellowship in interventional radiology at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

He has an interest in general body and vascular interventional radiology including venous access, peripheral arterial intervention, embolisation and pelvic intervention, biliary intervention and renal/ureteric intervention.

Special Interests

  • General vascular intervention
  • Dialysis access

Dr Rob Parkinson

Dr Rob Parkinson

Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist

MBBS (UQ), FRANZCR

Dr Rob Parkinson specialises in interventional radiology and uro-radiology. After graduating from the University of Queensland Medical School, Dr Parkinson completed his radiology training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. He then undertook fellowship training in interventional radiology and uro-radiology at University College Hospital and Middlesex Hospital in London and at Westmead Hospital, Sydney.

Dr Parkinson provides a comprehensive range of interventional radiology procedures including vascular access, vascular intervention, biliary intervention, image guided biopsies and injections. He has expertise in varicocoele embolisation and has published in the field of radio-frequency ablation of renal tumours.

Dr Parkinson has recently been instrumental in the development of the prostate MRI service at Wesley Medical Imaging, establishing close ties with an internationally regarded centre in the Netherlands.

Dr Parkinson has been based at the Wesley since 2005 and is available for patient consultations regarding image-guided therapies by referral.

Special Interests

  • Interventional radiology
  • Uro-radiology

Dr Duncan Walker

Dr Duncan Walker

Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist

MBBS, MRCP (UK), FRCR, FRANZCR

Dr Duncan Walker is a sub-specialist interventional radiologist with particular interests in musculoskeletal intervention and interventional oncology. Dr Walker also has a particular interest in musculoskeletal and body MRI along with musculoskeletal ultrasound.

A UK medical graduate, Dr Walker completed his radiology training at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London and an MRI fellowship at Southampton prior to relocating to Australia in 1994 to take up a staff radiologist appointment at the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Dr Walker joined what is now St Andrew's Medical Imaging in 2000 and along with his colleagues provides a comprehensive subspecialist interventional service for outpatients and hospital inpatients.

Special Interests

  • Interventional oncology
  • Musculoskeletal disorders: diagnosis and treatment
  • Endovenous laser treatment of varicose veins
  • Prostate Artery Embolisaton

Dr Sean Wallace

Dr Sean Wallace

Diagnostic & Interventional Radiologist

B. App. Sc (Hons) (QUT), MBBS (UQ), FRANZCR

After graduating from the University of Queensland Medical School, Dr Sean Wallace completed his internship and residency prior to commencing radiology training at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He undertook further training in interventional radiology and interventional neuroradiology at the Gold Coast Hospital and cross- sectional imaging at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. He completed fellowships in angiography and interventional radiology at Westmead Hospital Sydney and musculoskeletal imaging at Calvary Hospital Hobart.

Dr Wallace provides a comprehensive range of interventional radiology procedures and has been based at the Wesley since 2014.

Special Interests

  • Vascular & interventional radiology

Dr Justin Whitley

Dr Justin Whitley

Interventional Radiologist

MBChB (UCT), FRANZCR, EBIR

After graduating from medical school in Cape Town, South Africa Dr Justin Whitley immigrated to Australia where he completed his registrar training in Radiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

He completed his fellowship in Interventional Radiology at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in 2015 and in 2016 undertook a further Interventional Neuroradiology fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Currently in his final year of his Neurointerventional fellowship at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Dr Whitley performs a wide range of general interventional procedures and has particular interests in acute stroke imaging, endovascular clot retrieval and neurointervention.

Special interests

  •   Vascular and Interventional radiology
  •   Neurointerventional radiology
  •   Emergency and Stroke imaging