Imaging & ultrasound

A/Prof Ricardo Palma-Dias, Clinical Director Ultrasound
A/Prof Ricardo Palma-Dias, Clinical Director Ultrasound

The Pauline Gandel Women's Imaging Centre provides radiology and ultrasound services to diagnose and treat maternity and gynaecological issues in women. The centre also assists in the diagnosis of fetal and newborn disorders.


The Women's radiology services provide:

  • magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • assistance with taking a biopsy of a breast lump
  • ultrasound-guided drainage of ascites for cancer patients
  • ultrasound-guided removal of implanon contraceptive devices
  • assistance for procedures performed in the operating theatres
  • bone density scanning of women to assess the increase of fracture risk due to osteoporosis.

You need a referral from a GP to come to the Pauline Gandel Imaging Centre for radiology services. 


The ultrasound service at the Pauline Gandel Centre provides:

  • pregnancy screening for early pregnancy complications
  • screening for chromosomal abnormalities
  • scanning to detect if a fetus has structural abnormalities
  • scanning to detect if a fetus is growing
  • gynaecological scanning for women with issues such as abnormal vaginal bleeding or severe pain with periods
  • scanning to detect if a woman has internal structural issues that might be causing infertility.

All patients seen in the ultra sound department must be patients of a  Royal Women’s Hospital clinic and be referred by a doctor at the Women's.  

A GP cannot refer you to the Women’s for a routine pregnancy ultrasound. 

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI uses powerful magnetic fields and radio waves to create pictures of inside the body without using x-rays or radiation. MRI is used by doctors to look at soft tissue. It provides highly detailed images at different angles for diagnosis.

As well as more routine scans, the Women’s is able to perform:

  • specialist MRI for pregnant patients with suspected fetal or placental abnormalities
  • pelvic and abdominal MRI
  • neonatal MRI
  • MRI for cancer.

Our MRI scanner is considered one of the most sophisticated and powerful machines available. Patients spend less time in the scanner and it produces images with very tiny details.

Magnetic Resonance Guided Ultrasound (MRgFUS)

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

This treatment is not surgery. There are no incisions in your body. MRgFUS is done by a specialist radiologist 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 (a lack of red blood cells), distended stomach and constipation, all of which can all be caused by uterine fibroids.

The Women’s is the only publicly funded service in Australia that can treat fibroids without the need for surgery, using magnetic resonance guided ultrasound technology. 

To use the service you will need a referral from your GP to the gynaecology clinics at the Women's.

The doctors at the gynaecology clinic will use a screening MRI to check if your fibroids are suitable for the treatment. Your private specialist can also arrange a screening MRI to assess suitability.

If you would like to ask a question about MRI at the Women’s or non-invasive treatment for uterine fibroids, please telephone the Pauline Gandel Women’s Imaging Centre on our enquiry phone number. 


Map of Level 1 of the Women's

What to bring

  • A referral from your doctor
  • Any previous imaging results you have related to the issue being investigated
  • Your Medicare Card
  • A list of medications you are taking, including any you take without a prescription
  • Your Healthcare card, if applicable

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