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For Patients

Being referred for medical imaging can be a daunting experience, especially if you’re not sure what to expect during your appointment. We want our patients to feel absolutely comfortable when you come for imaging at difw, whether you’re having an x-ray for a new job, a routine CT scan or your first obstetric ultrasound: you deserve to understand what’s happening and what to expect.

Before your scan and when you arrive

Some scans require specific preparation before they are performed. That means you might need to fast beforehand or have a full bladder for your appointment. Any preparation required will be discussed with you when you book your appointment.  Most scans require a referral for Medicare and we’ll remind you to bring yours with you to your appointment. When you arrive at difw, you will be greeted by our Reception staff. They will ask you for your referral (if one is required for Medicare) and will give you some forms to complete.  At each appointment, we appreciate you taking the time to tell us about yourself, including your current personal details, as this ensures our patient database is always up-to-date. It also means our imaging technicians have the most current and accurate clinical information about you for their imaging preparation. Once you have completed your paperwork, you will be registered and either taken through to change into a gown or directed to wait for the imaging technician to come and take you for your scan.

During your scan

During your scan, we acquire your imaging and make sure we get the informtion we need.  Each scan is different and what you can expect will depend largely on the ‘modality’ or type of imaging equipment your scan is performed on. On the left hand side of this page is a series of links that will take you to additional information on specific scans we perform at difw. You can also see our full list of services.

After your scan – behind the scenes

Once we have acquired your imaging, our technicians will confer with our radiologists to make sure that nothing further is required. Assuming that we don’t need to do anything more, you will be taken to get dressed and directed back to Reception to settle your account and discuss any follow-up appointments you may have booked with your referring doctor or other specialists.

While you’re getting dressed, our radiologists begin their work-up process, including:

  • conducting a thorough review of the imaging acquired during your appointment;
  • making a comprehensive comparison against any previous imaging you may have had at difw; 
  • reviewing all clinical information obtained from you and/or your health practitioner;
  • running CAD analysis (Computer Aided Detection).

Once this work-up is complete, your imaging is stored on our digital archive. Our radiologists can then begin preparing and dictating their detailed clinical reports that include a global review of the anatomy, any specific findings and suggestions or recommendations for future management, including further imaging at a later date. Your health practitioner will use this report to guide them in providing your medical care.

All difw scans are accompanied by our detailed reports, which are prepared to international-standard reporting protocols and take some time to prepare.  If you have a follow up appointment with your referring doctor, or are proceeding direct to specialist review following your scan with us, please let our friendly Reception staff know so that we can coordinate dispatch of your report in time for your appointment.

As you can see, it’s not instantaneous or tick-a-box care at difw, but we consider the time and thought we put into our imaging service to be essential to the practice of gold-standard radiology. Remember, we’ve all been patients too, so it’s important to us to ensure you receive the very best care from our team.

Please take the time to browse the links on the left hand side of this page for more information about specific scans we perform at difw.