Dr Barbara Laing

Dr Barbara Laing

Diagnostic Radiologist


Dr Barbara Laing is a specialist MRI radiologist with particular interests in neuro-imaging and body imaging.

Dr Laing completed her radiology training at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane, appointed as the first registrar in MRI in Queensland in 1987.   In 1992 she completed a Fellowship in cross-sectional imaging at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Centre in New Hampshire, USA gaining experience in neuro-imaging, musculoskeletal MRI and early prostate imaging.

Initially she returned to the Princess Alexandra Hospital as a consultant and then commenced as Director of the MRI service at the Wesley Hospital in 1995. Dr Laing is also a visiting radiologist at the Wesley Breast Clinic.

Special Interests

  • Body Oncology and Neuro MRI
  • Breast Imaging


Published Research

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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.

Dr Barbara Laing Diagnosis in subdural myeloid sarcoma

This case reports describes a patient with leukaemia in remission, who presented at hospital with headache and decline in cognition. On routine imaging it appeared the patient had a haemotoma, which is a blood clot between the skull and brain. However, during surgery the brain surgeon was surprised to find a solid tumour, rather than a haemotoma. Imaging was repeated, this time with the addition of a contrast solution, and the solid tumour could be seen. This case demonstrated the importance of using contrast solution when imaging similar cases.