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Medical Imaging and Nuclear Medicine

For patients

Making an appointment

To make an appointment, please phone 4320 2540. If you would prefer to email us, please see the contact us page.

Nuclear medicine, BMD, MRI, CT and ultrasound appointments typically take place within five working days.

Need an X-ray? No need for an appointment. We accept walk-ins. Remember to bring your referral from your GP or specialist.

All Medicare eligible examinations are bulk-billed, including MRI, with no gap payment.
Please speak to your referring doctor for details on what is eligible.

Examinations that are not Medicare eligible will attract a flat fee.

You do not need to be a patient in one of our hospitals to be referred to our services for an examination. We accept referral forms from your GP or specialist.

Preparation

Please bring along your original request form from your referrer, regardless of whether we have received a fax or email copy of the form.

Please also bring along any old films and recent blood tests results if you are having a CT or MRI.

X-rays: wear light and comfortable clothes. Metallic items that are in the X-ray field of view should be removed prior to imaging.

Ultrasound and CT: you will be informed of any preparation required when you make your appointment and at the time of your test.

For CT scans, you may need to receive (by mouth or injection) a special dye called contrast material, which helps to highlight organs and blood vessels. This contrast is very safe and has been used in hundreds of millions of patients worldwide. Please let us know if you have had any adverse reactions to contrast in the past.

MRI: uses strong magnetic fields and therefore may interact with metal and magnetic objects (for example, credit cards). You will be given a safety questionnaire to fill out prior to the scan and a personal locker to store these items.

Nuclear Medicine: you will be informed of any preparation required when you make your appointment. Most procedures do not require any preparation. The duration and format of the procedure will also be explained.

Bone Mineral Densitometry: No preparation is required. Wear light and comfortable clothes. Metallic items that are in the X-ray field of view will be removed prior to imaging.

Patient Information Sheets

External page link Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) Radiology Consumer Factsheets

External page link ACI Medical Imaging and You brochure

What to expect

The radiologist will call your name, take you through to a procedure room, and explain what you can expect during the procedure. You may be asked to stand, sit or lie down depending on the part of your body that is being examined. You may also be asked to remove some of your clothing and/or metal objects (such as belts, jewellery) to avoid interference with image results.

When the imaging is finished, the radiologist will carefully assess the images, make a diagnosis and write a report for your referring doctor.

Access to reports and images

Imaging can be placed on a CD and provided to you to take to your specialist. Films for the imaging can also be provided.

Contact our reception to request a CD and films for your images.

Safety

Your safety is our top priority. We are highly trained in operating our state of the art equipment and follow our in-house protocols to ensure that every patient receives the best  quality images for the lowest practical radiation dose.  Our team undergoes continuing education and training and our equipment is regularly reviewed and serviced.

External page link ACI Medical Imaging and You brochure

Please note: ultrasound and MRI do not involve radiation.

The latest state of the art ultra-low dose Siemens Somatom FORCE Dual Source Dual Energy 382 slice CT at Gosford Hospital consistently delivers high quality images with advanced radiation dosereduction technology.

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