Frequently asked questions


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Do I need an appointment?Yes, please make an appointment with your preferred location for all procedures except for X-rays. Making an appointment is important as our receptionists will be able to let you know of any costs or special requirements needed for your particular procedure.

How do I make an appointment?Please phone one of our friendly reception staff (under the contact section), for your preferred location to organise the next convenient appointment.

Do I need any special preparation for my procedure?Depending on the procedure, some specific preparation can be required. At the time you make your appointment, our friendly staff will inform you on any particular preparation required. If you are still unsure or forget the appropriate procedure preparation please feel free to look under the “patients” section of our website or call our reception for further details.

Do I need to bring anything to the appointment?Yes. Please bring with you to all procedures all previous relevant films, your valid Medicare card and your doctor’s referral.

How much will my examination cost?If you have a valid Medicare card then the majority of procedures are bulk billed. There are some exceptions, including MRI and injections. However, our friendly reception staff will inform you of any costs, if any, at the time of your appointment booking.

How will I receive my results?After your procedure it is only a short wait for your films. You may choose to wait for these films or we can inform you when they are ready for pick up through a convenient mobile message service. The report is usually sent directly to your doctor.

What is a CT scan?Computed tomography or CT scan involves the use of X-rays and digital technology to create a detailed 3D image of the body. Unlike an X-ray, the CT scanner rotates around the patient to create cross-sectional images, which can then be reconstructed to create a detailed 3D image for interpretation. A CT scan is a non-invasive, extremely quick and painless procedure.

Is a CT dangerous?The main risk factor of a CT scan is the exposure to radiation. CT scans use X-rays to create detailed images of the patient. Because X-rays are used in a larger dose than an X-ray procedure, the image quality is greater as well as the exposure to radiation.

All of the Spectrum Medical Imaging sites are equipped with the latest state-of-the-art imaging machines, including the latest multi-slice CT scanners. This means that we can produce rapid, low dose CT scans avoiding any unnecessary exposure to radiation.

What is an MRI?Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI is a type of diagnostic imaging procedure using magnets and radio waves to produce high quality images of the body. An advantage of the MRI scan is that the contrast of the images can be changed, highlighting different types of tissue making it easier to interpret.

What is the difference between CT and MRI? And which is the better modality?Although the MRI machine looks similar to the CT, the mechanisms of producing an image differ greatly. A CT scan uses X-ray waves while an MRI uses magnets and radio waves to create an image.

There is no modality that is the best as both types of scans can produce very detailed images of the patient. However, each modality (CT and MRI) has its advantages for different areas of the body. An MRI scan can produce images with greater detail of soft tissue, while the CT scan can produce greater detail with bones and usually the modality of choice for cancer screening.