Clinical Research

Uniting Care Medical Imaging has a strong focus and commitment to advancing patient care through clinical research.  Our Radiologists are involved in a wide range of research studies and collaborate with clinical and academic sites across Australia.

Broadly speaking, UCMI’s research projects fit under three umbrellas; Interventional Radiology, prostate cancer, and cardiac-thoracic radiology. Key areas of research interest and expertise of our radiologists include:

  • Heart disease
  • Novel cardiac imaging techniques
  • Occupational lung diseases
  • Prostate health and cancer
  • SIRTS for liver cancer
  • Osteoarthristis
  • Non-surgical approaches to treating varicose vein

UCMI has also recently established the Wesley Dust Disease Research Centre for research into occupational lung diseases.

The expanse of research projects has widened in recent years with increased dedication by our staff to research; there are currently 18 projects underway, with more planned. These research projects vary from internally-run research studies to externally-run international clinical trials.  Uniting Care Medical Imaging is committed to long-term collaboration with researchers outside of UCMI and this is reflected in our involvement with research led by local medical specialists and cancer centres, as well as universities and government. Our major current research projects are detailed below.

Recent Publications by our Radiologists

Transthyretin cardiac amyloidosis: a non-invasive multimodality approach using transthoracic echocardiogram, 99m-Tc-labelled phosphate bone scanning and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging. CASE: Cardiovascular Imaging Case Reports, Shukla A, Wong D, Bashford J, Fitzgerald B, Humpries J, Newbigin K, Scalia G. (2017) 1(2): 49-53.
Regression of cardiac amyloidosis following stem cell transplantation a comparison between echocardiography and cardiac magnetic imaging in long term survivors. Fitzgerald BT, Bashford J, Newbigin K, Scalia G. (2017) IJC Heart & Vasculature, 14:53–57.
Multi-modality imaging to diagnose isolated cardiac sarcoidosis and determine regional inflammatory activity levels. Au K, Wong D, Newbigin K, Allen R, Scalia G (2017). CASE: Cardiovascular Imaging Case Reports. v1(5); 171-175.
Diagnosis in subdural myeloid sarcoma. Lackey A, Laing B, Perkins A, Bryant M. (2017). Neuroradiol J. v30(3); 269-273
Dramatic Normalization of the Echocardiographic Pulmonary–to–Left Atrial Ratio with Thrombolysis in a Case of Life-Threatening Submassive Pulmonary Emboli. Scalia IG, Riha AZ, Kwon A, Newbigin K, Scalia GM. (2017). CASE: Cardiovascular Imaging Case Reports. v1(4); 124-127.
Initial multicentre experience of Gallium-PSMA PET/CT guided robot-assisted salvage lymphadenectomy: acceptable safety profile but oncological benefit appears limited. Siriwardana A, Thompson J, van Leeuwen PJ, Doig S, Kalsbeek A, Emmett L, Delprado W, Wong D, Samaratunga H, Haynes A-M, Coughlin G, Stricker P. (2017). BJU International. v120(5); 673-681.
Flourodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography scan may be helpful in the case of ductal variant prostate cancer when prostate specific membrane antigen ligand positron emission tomography scan is negative. McEwan LM, Wong D, Yaxley J. (2017). JMIRO. v61 (4); 503-505.
Interim analysis of the resurgence of pneumoconiosis in Australian coal and other underground miners. Dickinson S, Newbigin K, Edwards R. (2017). JMIRO. v61(S1); 27.
First use of microvascular plugs in Australia for permanent embolisation of small arteries. Brown N, Joseph V, Barrett L. (2017). JMIRO. v61(S1); 37.
Diffuse idiopathic pulmonary neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia: a rare subtype of premalignant pulmonary carcinoid. Watkinson K, Newbigin K, Short C. (2017). JMIRO. v 61(S1); 238.