Medical Imaging

Cabrini Medical Imaging offers a professional and friendly service with access to the latest medical imaging technology and a broad range of scans and tests reported by specialist Radiologists.

General Inquiries

Phone: (03) 9508 1444
Fax: (03) 9508 1896

Additional Information

After hours services available via our Emergency Department at Malvern Hospital

Operating Hours

Monday - Friday, 8.00 am – 7.00 pm

Referral

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Locations

Cabrini Malvern
181-183 Wattletree Road, Malvern VIC 3144
(03) 9508 1222
Cabrini Brighton
243 New Street, Brighton VIC 3186
(03) 9508 8777

Appointment booking

Malvern Bookings

Brighton Bookings

Ph: (03) 9508 1444

Ph: (03) 9508 5660

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About our service

The Medical Imaging Department at Cabrini Malvern and Brighton offers patients access to world-leading medical imaging equipment. Our radiologists have expertise in a wide range of sub-specialities supported by our dedicated and highly qualified radiographers, technical and nursing staff.

We provide a professional and friendly service in a comfortable setting including full recovery suite for x-ray day cases, onsite parking and concierge services at both of our locations. After hour services are available at Malvern through our 24 hours, 7 days a week Emergency Department.

We also offer immediate digital access to your images and reports through our PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) program. Digital images and reports are stored online and are kept permanently so they can be accessed at any time.

Our state-of-the-art technology includes:

  • Two low dose radiation, high-end Siemens CT scanners - SOMATOM Drive (Dual Source) and SOMATOM Definition AS+ at Malvern
  • New Siemens SOMATOM Definition Edge CT Scanner with reduced metal artifact at Brighton
  • Three top of the range MRI scanners, including a fully rebateable Siemen’s Skyra 3T scanner and two new Siemens Aera 1.5T scanners, designed to minimise claustrophobia and maximise patient comfort
  • Six state-of-the-art Toshiba and GE Ultrasound platforms with paediatric, breast and Doppler capabilities
  • PET/CT Department with a new state-of-the-art-Siemens Biograph Horizon wide bore scanner
  • A three Gamma Camera Nuclear Medicine department, including a dedicated cardiac camera
  • Angiography unit with flat panel technology
  • General radiology including screening
  • Full range of Interventional Radiology procedures including angiography, biopsies and musculoskeletal injections
  • Digital Mammography with Tomosynthesis
  • Bone Densitometry (DEXA Scan)
  • OPG®

Angiography

Angiography is a diagnostic test performed to evaluate your blood vessels, usually arteries, and most commonly is used to look at the blood vessels of the brain, chest, abdomen and legs. Angiography is performed by a specialist radiologist and nursing team. Contrast is injected into the blood vessels to be viewed on the x-ray image in real-time. Blockages and narrowing of the blood vessels are easily seen and may sometimes be treated in the same visit. It may also be used to demonstrate leakage or bleeding from a blood vessel, such as in the bowel.

Patient Information Sheets

Bone Densitometry

A Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. It is recommended to have a bone density test of the hip and spine by a DEXA machine to diagnose osteoporosis. DEXA stands for “dual energy x-ray absorptiometry”. A bone density test can help you and your healthcare provider:

  • learn if you have weak bones or osteoporosis before you break a bone
  • predict your chance of breaking a bone in the future
  • see if your bone density is improving, getting worse or staying the same
  • find out how well an osteoporotic medication is working
  • let you know if you have osteoporosis after you break a bone

Download > Bone Mineral Density DEXA Request

Patient Information Sheet

CT

Computed Tomography (CT) is performed using x-rays and a sophisticated computer that obtains information from many angles to create cross-sectional slices. These slices can be put together to generate detailed images in any plane. CT is an excellent diagnostic tool which is used to detect multiple medical conditions and can also look quickly and accurately at the lungs, internal organs and the bowel. The scanners at Cabrini are among the lowest dose scanners available, with typically 40% less radiation dose than older models.

Download > CT Contrast Form

Patient Information Sheets

General x-ray

General x-rays are the most common diagnostic imaging test usually performed for assessing injured limbs or examining the chest for possible infection. A picture is taken of the inside of the body by a machine, which emits a small amount of radiation energy. The x-rays cast shadows of soft tissue and bone, these shadows are captured and displayed on a computer screen. General x-ray is a quick, painless procedure and the images can be made available to your referring doctor immediately.

Patient Information Sheets

Interventional Radiology

Intervention radiology (IR) is an exciting area of modern medicine delivering precise, targeted treatment for complex diseases and conditions throughout the body. Using minimally invasive image-guided techniques, interventional radiologists provide high quality care with less morbidity and often at a lower cost than many surgical alternatives.

IR is practised across a spectrum, from basic procedures performed by clinical radiologists through to complex vascular, oncological and neurological interventions performed by versatile specialist radiologists with advanced skills in IR and interventional neuroradiology (INR).

Patient Information Sheets

Mammography

Mammography is specialised medical imaging that uses a low-dose x-ray system to see inside the breasts. At Cabrini, we use the latest advances in mammography, including Digital and Breast Tomosynthesis to aid the early detection and diagnosis of breast diseases in women.

Digital Mammography is a mammography system in which the x-ray film is replaced by electronics that convert x-rays into mammographic pictures of the breast. These systems are similar to those found in digital cameras and their efficiency enables better pictures with a lower radiation dose. These images of the breast are transferred to a computer for review by the radiologist and for long term storage. The patients’ experience during a digital mammogram is similar to having a conventional film mammogram.

Breast Tomosynthesis, also called three-dimensional (3-D) mammography and Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) is an advanced form of breast imaging where multiple images of the breast from different angles are captured and reconstructed into a three-dimensional image set. It can result in:

  • earlier detection of small breast cancers that may be hidden on a conventional mammogram
  • greater accuracy in pinpointing the size, shape and location of breast abnormalities
  • fewer unnecessary biopsies or additional tests
  • greater likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumours
  • clearer images of abnormalities within dense breast tissue

Patient Information Sheet

MRI

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an examination that can produce very detailed images of your body without the use of radiation. MRI uses magnetic fields and radio waves to visualize your internal organs and soft tissues such as the brain, spinal cord, blood vessels, muscles, cartilage and skin. MRI uses a very powerful magnet; therefore it may be necessary check any surgical implants to determine if it is safe for you to have a scan. This includes pacemakers, aneurysm clips, stapes (ear) implants or other metallic foreign bodies. You are welcome to bring your iPod, mp3 player or iPhone as we are able to play music for the majority of our examinations.

Patient Information Sheets

Nuclear Medicine

The Nuclear Medicine department provides a comprehensive range of diagnostic and therapeutic Nuclear Medicine procedures. The department utilises two SPECT-CT Gamma Cameras and a dedicated Myocardial Gamma Camera, ensuring your patient has access to the highest quality state-of-the-art technology that optimises clinical diagnosis, patient outcomes and the lowest possible dose of radiation use. 

Download > Nuclear Medicine FAQs
Download > Nuclear Medicine Referrer Guide (published by AANMS)

Contact

T: (03) 9508 7419
F: (03) 9508 1308
E: nuclearmedicine@cabrini.com.au

Diagnostic services offered

  • Myocardial perfusion (exercise Thallium or Sestamibi) to assess for coronary artery disease
  • Bone pain and sports injury
  • Renal function
  • Renal artery stenosis (Captopril renal scans)
  • Pulmonary embolus by perfusion/ventilation
  • Staging of malignancy e.g. bone/gallium scan
  • Cardiac function
  • Gastrointestinal transit studies
  • Thyroid studies

Therapeutic Treatment is delivered for thyrotoxicosis, thyroid cancer, painful bone metastases and liver metastases.

Specialist expertise on-site

All of our reporting consultants are dual-accredited, providing a wide range of clinical expertise. To enhance your patients’ diagnostic outcome, we can offer bookings on the days that the relevant subspecialist consultants are on-site.

Consultant Dual Accredited Rostered Days
Dr HB Toh Radiologist | Nuclear Medicine Physician Monday
A/Professor Nathan Better Cardiologist | Nuclear Medicine Physician Tuesday
Dr Dinesh Sivaratnam Cardiologist| Nuclear Medicine Physician Wednesday & Thursday
Dr Yung Kao
Nuclear Medicine Physician Thursday
Dr Jenny Woo Endocrinologist | Nuclear Medicine Physician Friday

Same day results are available for the majority of studies. Reports and images can be accessed online via Inteleviewer (PACS).

Patient Information Sheets

PET/CT

PET/CT imaging is used extensively in oncology to direct biopsy, stage disease extent and monitor response to therapy. It is increasingly being used in the diagnosis of dementia, infection imaging and in cardiology.

Based on the principal that it is able to provide a metabolic map of an anatomical site which enables it to differentiate pathologies. The Cabrini PET/CT unit enables pinpoint accuracy using the lowest dose of tracer possible.

Download > PET Imaging Request Form

Contact

T: (03) 9508 7419
F: (03) 9508 1308
E: nuclearmedicine@cabrini.com.au

PET Roster

Doctor Rostered Days
Dr Dinesh Sivaratnam Director
Dr Aurora Poon Monday
Dr HB Toh Tuesday
Dr David Nadebaum Wednesday
Dr Yung Kao Thursday
Dr Chian Chang Friday

Patient Information Sheet


Screening (Fluoroscopy)

Fluoroscopy is a diagnostic test that uses real-time x-ray images and is most commonly used to assess the function of a particular body part. Fluoroscopy is routinely used to look at swallowing (Barium Meal), the bowel and bladder and is also an excellent tool for the radiologist when performing procedures such as lumbar punctures.

Patient Information Sheets

Ultrasound

Ultrasound uses a sound wave with a frequency much higher than human hearing. Diagnostic Ultrasound, or Sonography, is similar in principle to sonar in a submarine whereby images are formed by detecting reflected sound waves or echoes. Most people are familiar with ultrasound examinations as they are routinely used during pregnancy. Gel is placed on the relevant body part and a small hand held ultrasound probe or transducer is applied. The transducer emits a high frequency sound wave, which then passes into the body. Some sound is reflected back to the transducer and this reflection is reconstructed as an image on a monitor. Ultrasound is used to image many soft tissue structures in the body including blood vessels, muscles and internal organs.

Patient Information Sheets

Our fees explained

Outpatients

Medicare rebates are available for most Specialist Referred Scans and certain GP Referred Scans. However, for some medical imaging services an out-of-pocket expense will apply. Please call us on (03) 9508 1444 for specific out-of-of pocket costs. 

Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare Funded Items (GP and Specialist Codes)

  • Pensioners and Concession cardholders will be bulkbilled for the majority of procedures. MRI procedures however, will incur a $100 patient out-of-pocket cost for Medicare funded items.
  • Private patients will be responsible for all out-of-pocket costs between the Medicare rebate and the private patient fee. MRI procedures will incur a $220 out-of-pocket for Medicare funded items. Patients having multiple examinations on the same day will have a maximum out-of-pocket cost of $400 per visit.

Out-of- Pocket Costs for Non-Medicare Funded Items

  • Non-Medicare funded procedures are billed for all patients, including pensioners at $315 per body region.
  • If contrast is required, an additional $70 out-of-pocket cost applies.
  • MRI scans of the Breast, Abdomen and Pelvis attract a higher out-of-pocket fee due to the complexity of these studies.
  • Third party claims DVA/WorkCover/TAC will be billed to the relevant authority
  • If IV sedation is required there will be an additional cost of $200.
  • Referrals are accepted from Allied Health Professionals. The cost is $315 out-of- pocket per body region.

Inpatients

Private patients with an agreed health fund will have no out-of-pocket expenses for most Medical Imaging services whilst in hospital. All medical imaging related expenses will be billed directly to the health fund.

HCF + BUPA Funds

  • HBA
  • Mutual Community
  • MBF
  • NRMA Health
  • SGIC
  • SGIO
  • ANZ Health Insurance
  • Bupa Australia Health
 

 

 

 

AHSA Agreed Funds

  • ACA Health Benefits Fund
  • Australian Unity
  • CBHS Health Fund Limited
  • Central West Health Cover
  • CUA Health Limited
  • Defence Health
  • GMF Health
  • GU Health
  • Health Care Insurance Limited
  • health.com.au
  • Health Insurance Fund of Australia Ltd
  • Health Partners
  • Navy Health Ltd
  • onemedifund

 

  • Peoplecare Health Insurance
  • Phoenix Health Fund Limited
  • Police Health
  • Queensland Country Health Fund Limited
  • Reserve Bank Health Society Limited
  • rt health fund
  • Teachers Health Fund
  • Teachers Union Health
  • The Doctors' Health Fund
  • Transport Health
  • Westfund
Private patients with Non-Agreed Health Funds You will receive an account to enable a claim from Medicare and your health funds. Your out-of-pocket cost will be capped at $500 per admission for Medical Imaging for rebatable Medicare items.

Private patients with Pension or Concession Cards Your out-of-pocket cost will be capped at $250 per admission for Medical Imaging for rebatable items.

Cabrini Chemocard holders There will be no out-of-pocket cost for current for Medicare rebatable items.

Third Party Claims such as Workcover and TAC Patients will be billed to the relevant authority, however, should the claim be rejected it is the patient’s responsibility to settle all outstanding accounts. An account will be sent to the patient for payment.

Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Gold cardholders will be covered for most services. White cardholders authorisation is required to ensure that the service is related to specific entitlements.

Non-insured Patients Will be responsible for all out-of-pocket costs between the Medicare rebate and the private patient fee.

Reports and electronic downloads for GPs

Cabrini Medical Imaging offers high quality, efficient imaging and delivery of electronic reports and images. We are committed to providing timely and secure access to reports and images for referrers; with digital imaging available immediately through our PACS (Picture Archiving and Communication System) program. Digital images and reports are stored online and are kept permanently so they can be accessed at any time. When set up, reports can be securely downloaded to your clinic software once they are finalised. Alternatively, if requested, reports can also be automatically faxed to your practice when they are finalised. If you require further assistance please contact us as follows:

Reason Department Contact details Opening hours
Access to reports & enquiries Medical Imaging (03) 9508 1444
Monday – Friday
8.00am – 7.00pm
PACS support & using InteleViewer PACS Support (03) 9508 1338
Monday – Friday
8.30am – 5.00pm
Urgent, out of hours support Radiology Onsite (03) 9508 1920 After hours

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