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Diagnostic imaging, scans and X-rays | Australian Government Department of Health

Diagnostic imaging includes ultrasound, computed tomography (CT) scans, X-rays (including mammography), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), nuclear medicine imaging and positron emission tomography (PET). Find out what were doing to support this important part of our health system.

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High Resolution Computed Tomography

Diagnostic Imaging Pathways - Common Procedures High Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) High-Resolution Computed Tomography (HRCT) is a widely used technique to image various lung pathology

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Positron Emission Tomography

Diagnostic Imaging Pathways - Common Procedures Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Positron Emission Tomography utilises short acting, positron emitting isotopes to investigate a number of disease processes

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Computed Tomography

Diagnostic Imaging Pathways - Common Procedures Computed Tomography (CT) Computed Tomography (CT) involves using an X-ray tube coupled to a detector system, encased within a doughnut shaped gantry

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Diagnostic Imaging Pathways - Common Procedures Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) MRI Principles MRI is based on the interaction between nuclei of hydrogen atoms occurring abundantly in all biological tissues and the magnetic fields generated and controlled by the MRI system's instrumentation

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Why do I even need this test? A Diagnostic Imaging and Informed Consent Consumer Resource

This information is for people who want to find out more about why they have been asked to have a diagnostic test and what it could involve – so that they can make an informed choice about it.

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Nuclear Medicine

Diagnostic Imaging Pathways - Common Procedures Nuclear Medicine Nuclear medicine is a functional form of imaging, compared to radiology, which assesses for structural change

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Clinical Radiology Professions - InsideRadiology

InsideRadiology provides free and easily accessible, accurate, up to date and credible information about medical imaging tests and procedures.

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Medical Imaging and You

Advances in medical technology have given doctors access to a wider range of medical imaging tests than ever before to help them diagnose, manage and treat internal conditions. This brochure provides a basic understanding of radiation, its use in medical imaging, the risks and benefits, and the safety factors built into imaging procedures.

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Radiology Clinician Fact Sheet - Radiation Information

This fact sheet has been developed as a reference to help radiology clinicians and referrers to medical imaging services consistently explain the benefits and risks associated with imaging procedures and radiation doses to patients.

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