Medical Imaging

How we can help you

Medical imaging involves taking pictures of your body to assess or treat your health condition.

We offer a comprehensive range of medical imaging services including X-ray, Computed Tomography (CT), Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), ultrasound, angiography and fluoroscopy to both children and adults.

You will need a referral to use our services. When your results are ready they will be sent to your referring doctor.

Appointments are needed for only some services. To make, reschedule or cancel an appointment please email us at powmi@health.nsw.gov.au or call us on 9382 0300 and follow the prompts.

X-ray

Hours of Operations: 8.30am - 5.00pm Monday to Friday

An appointment is not required.

Computed Tomography (CT)

Hours of Operation: 8.00am - 4.30pm Monday to Friday

An appointment may be required, please send an email to powmi@health.nsw.gov.au or call us on (02) 9382 0300.

Ultrasound

Hours of Operation: 8.00am - 4.00pm Monday to Friday

Please note to make an ultrasound appointment, we need a copy of a specialists referral letter. These can be faxed to (02) 9382 0304, emailed to powmi@health.nsw.gov.au or delivered in person. 

Once your referral is received, a letter will be sent to you confirming an appointment date and time. An SMS reminder will be sent to your mobile phone 3 days prior to your appointment.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Hours of Operation: 7.30am - 10.00pm Monday to Friday

Please note to make an MRI appointment, we need a copy of a specialists referral letter. These can be faxed to (02) 9382 0304, emailed to powmi@health.nsw.gov.au or delivered in person. 

Once a referral is received, it will be prioritised based on clinical urgency by one of our Doctors and an appointment will be scheduled. A letter will then be sent to you confirming the time and date. An SMS reminder will be sent to you 3 days prior to your appointment.

If you have questions about your appointment

Email us at powmi@health.nsw.gov.au if you need to:

  • Request changes to your appointment time or date
  • Advise us that you will be unable to attend your appointment
  • Ask any other questions about your appointment.

Waiting times depend on why you are having your scan or procedure and what type of scan you are having. Our Radiologists prioritise each request based on clinical urgency and appointment times are allocated accordingly. Generally there is little waiting time for X-ray and CT as there is no appointment required, however you may find your appointment is delayed on the day if we need to deal with an emergency.

Waiting times for MRI, ultrasound and interventional procedures can be up to several months, however it does depend on how urgent your request is.

This service is covered by Medicare. You will need a referral from a GP or Specialist (depending on the service).

If you are not eligible for Medicare you will be charged the Medicare rebate which you will need to pay before you have your scan.

X-ray

X-ray is the most commonly used form of creating an internal image of your body. X-ray images are typically used to examine broken bones, swallowed objects, lungs, blood vessels and breasts.

Computed tomography

Computed Tomography (CT) previously referred to as a CAT scan, combines multiple X-rays taken at different angles to produce detailed, 3-D views of certain parts of the body such as bone and soft tissue, including blood vessels and the heart. CT is also often the preferred method of diagnosing many cancers, such as liver, lung and pancreatic cancers.

Magnetic resonance imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a powerful magnet and radio waves to create detailed images of organs and tissues. MRI is useful in diagnosing a number of conditions by showing the difference between normal and diseased soft tissues of the body. MRI is often used to evaluate blood vessels, abdominal tissue, spinal injuries and tendon and ligament tears.

Ultrasound

Diagnostic ultrasound, also known as medical sonography or ultrasonography, uses high frequency sound waves to create images of the inside of the body. Ultrasound technology can also produce audible sounds of blood flow, allowing medical professionals to use both sounds and images to assess your health. Ultrasound is often used to evaluate pregnancy, abnormalities in the heart and blood vessels, organs in the pelvis and abdomen and symptoms of pain, swelling and infection.

Angiography

Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) is a type of X-ray that takes images of arteries, veins and organs of the body. This is also known as an Angiogram. This usually requires an injection of a special ‘dye’ to highlight the blood supply to the legs, brain heart or other organs. DSA can be used to diagnose conditions such as arterial disease, blood vessel malformation, aneurysms in the brain and spinal disc problems. This is also known as an Angiogram. This usually requires an injection of a special ‘dye’ to highlight the blood supply to the legs, brain heart or other organs. In addition, DSA can be used to carry out treatments such as angioplasty, stent insertion and embolisations. 

Fluoroscopy

Fluoroscopy is a study of moving body structures. A continuous X-ray beam is passed through the body part being examined. The beam is transmitted to a monitor so that the body part and its motion can be seen in detail. Fluoroscopy, as an imaging tool, enables physicians to look at many body systems, including the skeletal, digestive, urinary, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Our team includes:

Radiologists and Radiology Registrars (Doctors in training) who will look at the images produced to diagnose your illness or injury. They may also use our equipment to treat your condition.

Radiographers are health professionals who are responsible for taking the images and ensuring they are of the highest quality. They will provide instructions during your examination and make sure you are comfortable while they take any images.  

Nursing staff – Our nursing staff will greet you and together with our radiographers, make sure you remain comfortable and safe. If you are required to take any medicine, the nursing staff will look after you. 

Administration staff – our administration team are your first point of contact with the department. They we will organise any appointments you need and make sure all paperwork is completed.

Technical Assistants – If you need help to get to and from our service we will ask one of our technical assistants to help you.  

Our department provides services for Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital and the Royal Hospital for Women. We work with staff and departments from within these hospitals, and also with doctors from outside the hospital who make referrals to us.

Please let us know if you need an interpreter. You can contact us telephoning the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS) on 131 450. Tell the operator what language you speak and then ask the interpreter to set up a telephone conversation between you, an interpreter, and the healthcare professional you want to speak with.

We are a teaching hospital and you may be asked to be involved in research, or for a student to be present at your appointment. You have a right to say no. If you do so, this will not impact in any way on the services we will provide.