Dr Darren Ault

Dr Darren Ault

Clinical Director & Diagnostic Radiologist


A University of Queensland Medical School graduate, Dr Darren Ault completed his registrar training at the Royal Brisbane Hospital with further fellowship training in musculoskeletal and body MR imaging at Leeds General Infirmary and St James’s University Hospital in the UK.

His interests include all aspects of MR imaging with a particular interest in musculoskeletal and oncology imaging. Dr Ault also has an interest in breast imaging and is a visiting radiologist at the Wesley Breast Clinic.

Dr Ault has worked as a radiologist in private practice at the Wesley Hospital since 2001 apart from a six-month secondment to the UK as Clinical Director of Radiology at the Eccleshill Treatment Centre in Leeds-Bradford.

Special Interests

  • Musculoskeletal ultrasound & MRI
  • Oncology imaging
  • Breast imaging

Published Research

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.