Healthcare Imaging Knox Redevelopment is Now Complete
New scanning equipment has been installed to provide you with the ultimate radiology experience.
As part of Australia’s largest medical imaging group Healthcare Imaging Knox performs thousands of scans
each year. Many general practitioners, specialists and allied health professionals trust their patients to our care.
This state-of–the-art medical imaging centre is supported by our team of specialist radiologists and highly trained staff. To maintain the most advanced scanning technology available we have installed new scanners in a variety of modalities.
Our new equipment includes:
PET/CT. This is a new modality for the Healthcare Imaging Knox site
PET/CT is widely used in oncology management whether for initial diagnosis and staging or restaging post chemotherapy / radiotherapy. PSMA scans are also performed.
The Force CT
The Somatom Force CT is the world’s best CT scanner. This state of the art, 384 slice, dual energy scanner has taken the imaging world by storm due to its record low radiation dose and speed.
The “Force” can perform CT coronary angiography scans with as low as 0.08 mSv radiation dose. No exceptions. The FORCE will scan every patient, even those that cannot be Beta Blocked. Radiation dose is only 1/100 of the dose used 10 years ago with a 64 slice scanner – important for young patients and those requiring repeat scans.
The ultra-low radiation dose makes screening for lung and other cancers a possibility. Low dose chest screening CT can be achieved at as low as 0.04 mSv – less than a conventional chest X-Ray (0.06-0.1 mSv). The dose of IV contrast medium used can be reduced by up to 70% – of benefit to patients with renal impairment and heart failure. Dual Energy scanning can assist in characterisation of renal calculi and gout composition for improved patient management. Organ perfusion is also possible, allowing for a greater specificity when viewing images.
Nuclear Medicine examinations involve the injection or ingestion of a small quantity of a radioactive material (radioisotope). The radioactive levels, in most cases are equal to or less than what you would receive from a routine x-ray or CT examination. Nuclear medicine examines function and structure, this means that it can show how an organ is working, not simply what it looks like and is commonly used for bone scans, thyroid studies, lung scans, cardiac stress tests, stomach, liver, kidney and gallbladder procedures
This machine takes multiple X-ray pictures of each breast from many angles. The breast is positioned the same way it is in a conventional mammogram, but only a little pressure is applied — just enough to keep the breast in a stable position during the procedure. The X-ray tube moves in an arc around the breast while images are taken during the examination. Then the information is sent to a computer, where it is assembled to produce clear, highly focused 3-dimensional images throughout the breast.
3T is the highest field strength MRI in clinical practice in the world. 3T refers to the strength or power of the magnet inside the machine. The higher the field strength, the more signal is produced. This matched to our ultra -high density coils allows us to acquire the highest resolution images in the shortest amount of time. This directly improves the patient experience with less claustrophobia and the best quality images.
Fluoroscopy enables radiologists to visualise X-ray images in real time. This technique is used to perform a variety of X-ray procedures. Fluoroscopy can be used to examine the bones, muscles, digestive tract, reproductive systems, kidneys and bladder, joints and to perform minor operative procedures such as intravenous line insertions.
This optimises image quality in general X-Ray, giving reduced dose and shortened examination time.