Bulk Billed Radiology Services Adelaide

Bulk billing services

We offer an extensive range of bulk billed medical imaging services in Adelaide across all our sites. For specific information please click on the type of imaging you require or alternatively please call your closest imaging site.

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CT

CT stands for Computed Tomography, also referred to as a CAT scan.
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X-ray

Also known as a Radiograph, is an image that uses radiation to create two-dimensional images.
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Dental X-ray

OPG and Lat Ceph are specialised X-rays of the teeth and jaw.
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Interventional Radiology

We provide a wide range of interventional procedures.

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Ultrasound

Also called sonography, is an imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body.
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bulk billed radiology xray services adelaide

CT

What is a CT Scan

CT stands for Computed Tomography, also referred to as a CAT scan.

A CT scan is used to acquire detailed cross-sectional images of a specific body part.

How long will it take?

A CT examination normally takes between 10-30 minutes.

Some examinations may require prior preparation. We may request you to arrive 60 minutes before your examination.

Preparation 

You should arrive 10 minutes before the appointment to complete any necessary paperwork.

Most CT scans do not require any specific preparation.

For some scans, such as those requiring a contrast injection, you may be required to fast before the appointment. This will be confirmed at the time of the booking alongside any other specific instructions.

Prior to scanning, you will be asked to remove any jewellery, eye-wear or metallic accessories as these can interfere with the images. You may also be asked to wear a gown.

Contrast Injection

We frequently use contrast agents or contrast media in order to thoroughly examine the requested body part. The contrast agent highlights organs, blood vessels and tissues to further help the interpretation of images.

Cost

At Healthcare Imaging Services, we offer a bulk billing service if you have a medicare card.

Results

All cases are reported within 24 hours. If the examination is urgent, we will process the results within 2 hours to be made available to the referring doctor.

X-ray

X-ray, or also known as a Radiograph, is an image that uses radiation to create two-dimensional images of bone and tissue structures.

How long will it take

This is usually dependent on the part of the body that has been requested to image. X-rays usually take 5-15 minutes.

Preparation

An X-ray does not require any sophisticated preparation. Depending on the requested body part to be examined, the patient may be asked to wear a gown. This is to prevent any artefacts on the X-ray image.

A lead shield may be provided to cover body parts that are not being examined.

Cost

At Healthcare Imaging Services, we offer a bulk billing service if you have a medicare card.

Results

All cases are reported within 24 hours. If the examination is urgent, we will process the results within 2 hours to be made available to the referring doctor.

Printed X-rays may be provided to the patient only on request of the referring doctor.

Dental X-ray

OPG (Orthopantomogram) and Lat Ceph (Lateral Cephalogram) are specialised X-rays of the teeth and jaw.

An OPG is a panoramic X-ray of the teeth. This involves a specialized machine that rotates around the head.

A Lat Ceph is a side-on X-ray of the facial structure.

How long will it take?

An OPG or Lat Ceph will usually take between 5-10 minutes.

Preparation

This procedure does not require any preparation.

Cost

At Healthcare Imaging Services, we offer a bulk billing service if you have a medicare card. 

Results

All cases are reported within 24 hours. If the examination is urgent, we will process the results within 2 hours to be made available to the referring doctor.

Printed X-rays may be provided to the patient only on request of the referring practitioner.

Interventional Radiology

At Healthcare Imaging Services, we provide a wide range of interventional procedures. Our experienced Radiologists (doctors) will use minimal invasive techniques using image guidance such as CT and ultrasound to help manage pain, remove fluid (drainage/aspiration) or to take a sample of tissue (biopsy).

How long will it take?

The duration of the procedure usually depends on the interventional request.

Routine Ultrasound injections usually take 10-15 minutes.

Routine CT injections usually take 15-20 minutes.

Other interventional procedures such as biopsies can take longer. This will be confirmed at the time of the booking alongside any other specific instructions by our booking staff.

Preparation

Prior to the procedure, you will be asked to remove any jewellery, or metallic accessories as these can interfere with the procedure. You may also be asked to wear a gown.

 

Risk 

At Healthcare Imaging Services, we use modern digital equipment for our interventional procedures. 

All interventional procedures are implemented with sterile protocols to reduce the risk of bleeding and infection. 

Any further risks from the procedure will be discussed with you by our Radiologist at the time of the procedure. 

Cost

At Healthcare Imaging Services we offer a bulk billing service if you have a medicare card. 

Results

All cases are reported within 24 hours. If the examination is urgent, we will process the results within 2 hours to be made available to the referring doctor.

Ultrasound

Ultrasound, also called sonography, is an imaging modality that uses high frequency sound waves to produce images of structures within the body. These images can provide valuable information. 

This imaging technique is considered to be safe as it does not use radiation, hence why Ultrasound is often used for monitoring the growth of a child in pregnancy. 

Our experienced Sonographers will hold a handheld camera-like object (transducer) which is placed against your skin. The Sonographer will use different techniques to acquire diagnostic images. 

How long will it take?

Depending on the requested Ultrasound examination, it will usually take 15-45 minutes. 

During the procedure

Most Ultrasound examinations will require you to lie down on a bed. The area examined is exposed while the rest of the body is covered. A special water-based ultrasound gel is applied on the area being examined. This ensures the transducer makes appropriate contact with the surface of the body. The examination is not painful, however you may experience mild discomfort as the Sonographer may apply pressure to improve visualisation of the area being examined.

Preparation

If you have been requested to have an Ultrasound scan by your doctor, please contact our practice to make a booking and to confirm any necessary preparation.  

For routine upper abdominal studies such as liver, spleen, gallbladder and pancreas, you will be requested to fast 6 hours prior to your appointment. Continue to take any medication. 

For routine lower abdominal studies such as pelvis, pregnancy, kidney and prostate, you are required to have a full bladder at the time of the appointment. For these scans it is suggested to empty your bladder 1 hour prior to your appointment and then drink 1 litre of water before your appointment. Do not empty your bladder after this.  

Prior to the procedure you will be asked to remove any jewellery, or metallic accessories as these can interfere with the procedure. You may also be asked to wear a gown. 

For other Ultrasound examinations such as the breasts, musculoskeletal system, thyroid or vascular system there is no special preparation needed.  

Cost

At Healthcare Imaging Services, we offer a bulk billing service if you have a Medicare card.   

Results

All cases are reported within 24 hours. If the examination is urgent, we will process the results within 2 hours to be made available to the referring doctor.

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