Bendigo Radiology About Us

Bendigo Radiology is a non-corporate partnership of Radiologists which has been providing imaging services to Central, Northern and Western Victoria for over 35 years. We have a stable group of regionally-based Radiologists with a diverse range of skills who are committed to the provision of high quality and friendly service to rural and regional communities. We specialise in providing a consistent, quality and timely service to all our sites no matter where the practice is situated. The Practice is fully accredited by NATA, and one of the first regional independent practices to achieve this.


For Patients

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Bendigo Radiology has a team of highly trained professional staff who will ensure you are treated with dignity and respect for the duration of your visit. Along with this, our world class state of the art facilities will ensure your results are delivered to your doctor as soon as they have been reported.

For Referers

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Bendigo Radiology offers referring clinicians access their patients images through secure access to our PACS (Picture Archiving and Communications system). This can be achieved by either downloading our viewing software or by accessing the images through our online Portal.

Our Community

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Bendigo Radiology supports health and wellbeing and encourages all staff to be active and involved in their communities. In 2011 we commenced imaging services at Robinvale and Ararat and in 2012 at Stawell. We look forward to contributing to these communities.

Latest News


With the arrival of the latest state of the art ultrasound system at Bendigo Radiology, we are offering the highest level in premium ultrasound technology to patients.

Premium ultrasound today demands improved clinical information from each scan, faster and more consistent exams that are easier to perform, and a higher level of confidence across all examinations. The Philips EPIQ Ultrasound system uses the most powerful architecture ever applied to ultrasound imaging delivering exceptional image resolution and detail providing extraordinary levels of information enabling more confident diagnoses for patients. It’s changing the way we perform ultrasound exams.


Platelet Rich Plasma Injections.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections use a component of our own blood for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries to tendons, muscles and joints by stimulating body repair mechanisms.

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) injections use a component of our own blood for the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries to tendons, muscles and joints by stimulating body repair mechanisms.

INDICATIONS FOR PRP

Tendons which have been treated with PRP include:

  • Tennis elbow (common extensor tendinosis), Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)
  • Jumper’s knee (patellar tendinosis)
  • Achilles tendinosis
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Hamstring tendons
  • Adductor tendons
  • Gluteal tendons
  • Supraspinatus tendons

Muscles treated with PRP

  • Hamstring
  • Calf
  • Quadriceps

Other injuries which can be considered for PRP include:

  • Trochanteric bursitis
  • Knee MCL tears
  • Osteoarthritis of the knee and hip

THE INJECTION PROCEDURE

10ml of blood is collected from an arm vein in the same way a blood test is performed. This blood is then spun in a centrifuge for 7 minutes that separates the blood components into the three main cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. The now concentrated platelets are then harvested and used for injection. The injection is performed by our specialist radiologists and guided by ultrasound. Local anaesthetic is used.

WILL THERE BE ANY PAIN?

It is not unusual to experience a small ‘flare’ of pain after the local anaesthetic wears off due the inflammatory process which can last between 12 - 72 hours. Paracetamol is advised after the injection and sometimes a cold compress helps. If pain is severe enough anti-inflammatory medications can be helpful but should be avoided until 48 hours after the injection.

INFORMATION BEFORE THE PROCEDURE

Notify us if you are

  • Taking blood thinning medication
  • Have a blood clotting disorder
  • Have a low platelet count
  • Have an allergy to local anaesthetic
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding

If you are taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication you need to stop it one week prior to the injection and use alternate pain relief e.g. paracetamol.

OUTCOMES

Improvement in pain should not be expected for 3-6 weeks while the healing process occurs. If your pain remains unchanged 4 weeks post injection, then a repeat injection is recommended.

Published research has shown PRP may be effective in the treatment of various musculoskeletal conditions/injuries. It may be more effective than cortisone or placebo injections. Results from PRP injection in combination with an appropriate exercise program may be superior to each in isolation.

ADVERSE EFFECTS

As already mentioned there can be pain. Minor bleeding and bruising can occur but if pre procedure instructions are followed these are rare. Infection is a small risk. To reduce chance of infection all injections are done under strict sterile conditions.

AFTER THE INJECTION

It is recommended that you have someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Any significant activity should be refrained from for one week. Normal day to day activities are allowable but deliberate exercise should be avoided for one week including running and heavy lifting.

Patients must make an appointment with their doctor after the injection to discuss results and a plan that may require some targeted and specific rehabilitation by a physiotherapist.

The radiologist will produce a report on the day of the injection and it will be sent to your referrer.

For more information on PRP injections

http://www.prpinjection.com.au/prp-musculoskeletal-medicine-injuries.html

REFERENCES

Gobbi A, Lad D, Karnatzikos G. The effects of repeated intra-articular PRP injections on clinical outcomes of early osteoarthritis of the knee. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Apr 20.

Gosens T, Peerbooms JC, van Laar W, den Oudsten BL. Ongoing Positive Effect of Platelet-Rich Plasma Versus Corticosteroid Injection in Lateral Epicondylitis: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial With 2-year Follow-up. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Jun; 39(6):1200-8

Monto RR. Platelet-Rich Rich Plasma is More Effective than Cortisone for Chronic Severe Plantar Fasciitis. Paper presented at: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 2012 February 7-11; San Francisco, USA.