Radiology

The Women's Radiology Service is a progressive, multi-disciplinary 24 hour service.

The service provides general adult, paediatric and neonatal radiology, a wide range of Fluoroscopic procedures, general and neonatal Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis Mammography, including diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Specialities

  • MRI for pregnant patients with suspected foetal or placental abnormalities
  • Stereotactic biopsies of suspicious mass lesions of the breast
  • Ultrasound guided drainage of ascites
  • Ultrasound guided removal of Implanon contraceptive devices
  • Fluoroscopic guidance  for any procedures performed in the operating theatres
  • Bone density scanning of women to assess the increase of fracture risk due to osteoporosis

Clinical inclusion

  • Women who have a referral from a GP, specialist or other health service provider regardless of whether they are patients of the Women's or not
  • Women who have a current Medicare card

Clinical exclusion

  • We cannot see women who do not have a current Medicare card   

Frequency

The service operates Monday-Friday 8:30am – 5:30pm, with 24 hour on-call coverage.

Triage

Referrals will be triaged and assessed for clinical urgency.  Appointments will be offered based on clinical triage and availability of service.

Some services, such as Implanon removal, are considered not clinically urgent and are offered only when there is clinical availability.

Treating Uterine Fibroids with MR Guided Focussed Ultrasound (MRgFUS)

This is a treatment that uses MRI and focused ultrasound to find and treat fibroids. The technique allows specialists to look inside the body and heat up and destroy unwanted tissue.

The treatment is not surgery; there are no incisions or cuts into the body. It is done by a Radiologist in the Pauline Gandel Women's Imaging Centre with an MRI Technologist and Nurse present. It is a non-invasive treatment aimed at reducing symptoms; such as abdominal pain and cramping, heavy menstrual bleeding, anaemia, distended stomachs, and constipation, which can all be caused by uterine fibroids.

To use the service, GPs can refer their patients to the Gynaecology clinic.

Referral  

Please complete and fax or email the Fast Fax Referral form to the Pauline Gandel Women's Imaging Centre. Before an appointment can be made, the referral must be sighted and presented for triage.

Urgent referral

For urgent (specialist) referrals, please call the Centre to discuss the referral.

Appointment

Appointment details will be sent directly to the patient and the GP will be notified.


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