Your Safety

Introduction

Perth Radiological Clinic is committed to providing a clinically superior diagnostic imaging service to the Perth community. Our commitment to your safety is our highest priority.  The Practice invests much time, effort and resources into making sure that every patient receives a quality diagnostic imaging service utilising the most appropriate imaging techniques and the lowest possible dose of radiation.  Our radiographic staff are highly skilled technicians who are licensed to operate our modern diagnostic imaging equipment. They also actively participate in ongoing training and a process of continuous improvement to ensure our high safety and quality standards are maintained.

Radiation Safety

Perth Radiological Clinic has long prided itself on its ability to get diagnostically accurate images using the absolute lowest dose of radiation necessary.

We take a very proactive stance regarding patient safety and paramount to this is the issue of radiation dose. Our highly skilled technicians and doctors are continually monitoring, and reviewing our imaging protocols and equipment maintenance procedures to ensure the highest standards in safety are maintained. In addition, all our equipment is routinely serviced and maintained by the equipment manufacturers.

Contrast Injections

Perth Radiological Clinic uses non-ionic contrast media. This is the safest intravenous contrast media available.

Sometimes an injection of contrast media is indicated to enhance the quality and diagnostic accuracy of the examination. Following an injection of contrast media you may experience a sensation of heat, an unusual taste or smell and a tingling sensation in the pelvic area. These symptoms are common and very transient. The contrast is eliminated from the body by the kidneys and is excreted in the urine within hours of the initial injection. Patients are encouraged to drink additional clear fluids following their examination to assist kidney filtration. Occasionally, patients experience minor allergic reactions such as hives. In rare cases a major allergic reaction can occur. Perth Radiological Clinic staff are trained in the management of allergic reactions and all sites that administer intravenous contrast media are equipped with emergency medications, should a patient experience a severe reaction. Patients with a history of allergic reactions, asthma, diabetes, kidney failure or heart disease may require additional precautions to minimise possible complications from a contrast injection.

Infection Control

Perth Radiological Clinic’s infection control guidelines are based on state and federal guidelines and standards, supported by advice from local specialist Microbiologists and utilise currently accepted practices and procedures.

The Practice routinely uses disposable, single use gloves, catheters, needles and syringes. It provides gowns, face masks, protective glasses and sterilising fluids for use in appropriate infection control guidelines. Medical equipment that is to be re-used is cleaned and sterilised in accordance with Australian Standard (AS/NZS 4815).