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MEDICAL IMAGING IN BROKEN HILL

Thrive Medical, in collaboration with Benson Radiology, provide a medical imaging service for patients and health professionals in Broken Hill and surrounding areas.

Benson radiology was formed in 1958, and is one of the nation’s largest private diagnostic imaging providers, with a well-deserved reputation as a leader in medical imaging. Benson’s currently operates 24 branches across South Australia in public hospitals, private hospitals, and stand-alone private clinics.

Thrive Medical’s team of experienced imaging professionals are committed to providing the highest quality diagnostic imaging services, utilising the latest technology, in a caring and compassionate environment.

BROKEN HILL IMAGING: SERVICES AVAILABLE

ULTRASOUND (US)

Ultrasound is a widely used and effective tool for examining a variety of body areas and organs. It doesn’t use any ionizing radiation and works by sending high frequency sound waves into the body through a handheld probe or transducer.

We use the latest imaging ultrasound systems providing enhanced image quality for medical diagnosis in a wide range of areas including abdominal, obstetrics and gynaecology, vascular, musculoskeletal, and other soft tissue areas of the body. 

Our sonographers and radiologists are highly trained and experienced in all facets of ultrasound imaging. We have female radiographers and sonographers sensitive to the needs of female patients.

X-RAY

An x-ray is an image produced using low dose radiation. This type of imaging is most used to assess bones as well as some internal organs including the lungs, heart and bowel.

Unless a more complex investigation is required, plain x-rays are generally very quick and don’t cause any discomfort.

There is usually no need to make an appointment for an x-ray and no preparation required. You may be asked to change into a gown.

COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY (CT)

Our practice also has a new Siemens CT scanner.

A CT scan is a medical imaging procedure that uses digital technology and X-rays to produce cross-sectional images. A CT scanner looks like a large doughnut attached to a flat table that moves through the middle of the doughnut. The scanner is quiet and the procedure is painless. Some patients will require an injection of contrast or dye.

This non-invasive test is used for a range of purposes. It is important to tell the CT technician if you are pregnant or have any allergies.

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

Our practice houses a new state-of-the-art 1.5T Siemens MR machine.

An MRI scan can precisely detect structural abnormalities of the body and can be used for areas such as knees, shoulders, ankles, wrists, brain, breasts and spine.

 A standard MRI examination takes approximately 40–60 minutes although some are as quick as 15 minutes. During the MRI scan, the patient lies on the scanner table with the part of the body to be examined positioned in the scanner’s gantry. Patients can hear a noise as the MRI images are obtained, but will not be touched by any moving parts and there should be no discomfort. A continuous tapping sound occurs during the scan and you will be offered earplugs for hearing protection. 

Patients who have had recent surgery, or any metallic devices, implants or other material within the body MUST notify their physician prior to the examination and inform our staff. 

Please ensure you advise our booking staff if you have a pacemaker, cochlear implant, or another surgical device in your body when you book, or if you have ever been exposed to metallic foreign bodies around your eyes. If you are pregnant, you must inform our staff prior to your examination.

INTERVENTIONAL PROCEDURES

Thrive Medical and Health currently offers the following procedures:

  • Bursal injections of the shoulder
  • Lumbar spine injections for pain relief
  • Biopsies of superficial structures such as the breast and thyroid

Take a look at the common questions for clients as they book an imaging appointment.

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