Scanning the future
GV Health’s Medical Imaging Department provides state of the art imaging services to the region.
Anne Bright, GV Health’s Chief Medical Imaging Technologist, considers herself something of a boomerang.
“This is my second incarnation here,” said Ms Bright. “I’ve been back here 12 months, after heading interstate to do some professional development.”
The opportunity to bring her abilities back to Shepparton inspired Ms Bright’s return, with the chance to help develop GV Health’s facilities a primary motivating factor.
“As a radiographer you’re helping one person at a time,” said Ms Bright. “But at management level you’re helping the entire community. It’s nice to be in a role where you can have a fairly big impact in the things you do by managing at a department level – it’s a different sort of help at a structural level, helping to improve things overall.”
Ms Bright said the volume of work in the Medical Imaging Department has increased substantially, especially through the Emergency Department. “The increase in work is almost one for one,” she said. “That has significant impacts on workflow throughout the hospital.”
The GV Health redevelopment, to be completed in December 2020, will add four new imaging rooms to the department. There will be two X-Ray rooms, a second Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and a fifth ultrasound machine on site.
“Obviously we’ll be able to offer patients more of those services,” said Ms Bright. “The CT scanner in particular will give us the ability to do more interventional procedures, more outpatient and inpatient work, because we’ll be able to streamline the work to the two scanners. We’ll also have more robust redundancy between the two machines.”
At present Shepparton Nuclear Medicine offers the Medical Imaging Department back up assistance when needed. The second CT machine will ensure many procedures will now be available locally, meaning patients will no longer need to travel for treatment.
“It will give us a much greater scope and help us keep growing the sort of work that we do,” said Ms Bright. “A lot of our work includes interventional procedures that patients might otherwise have to go to Bendigo, Ballarat or Melbourne to have done.”
The new machine will give the department greater capacity to perform biopsies, injections of joints and nerve roots from referred pain for relief, and will also assist oncology patients with their treatment.
The GV Health Medical Imaging Department will also receive for four new ultrasound machines (see breakout) expected to arrive in the next month or so.
Another imminent upgrade to the service will be the replacement of the fluoroscopy room, while Ms Bright points out that Tatura has recently received new X-Ray equipment, which is also on hand to assist Nathalia Base Hospital.
“We’ve been trying to make our referrers more aware of our services,” said Ms Bright. “We’re hoping to offer more services to outpatients, we’re hoping to help them with appointments and interventions. If patients are after appointments give us a call and we’ll do our best to help you!”
GV Health’s Medical Imaging Department services include: general and emergency radiography, fluoroscopy studies, CT scanning including cardiac capability, ultrasound – all general, musculo-skeletal, obstetrics and gynaecology, small parts and vascular examinations, interventional procedures under CT or Ultrasound guidance, 3T Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Nuclear Medicine.