A referral from a suitably qualified referrer is necessary for most radiology type examinations. GP's, Specialists, Midwives, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, Dentists and Chiropractors are some of the medical professionals that can request an examination.
At Bay Radiology there are two examinations for which you can self-refer, a screeening mammogram if you are over 40 years of age and do not have any current symptoms of concern and a Bone Density scan. MRI is a form of scanning that uses a magnetic field to give in depth views of the body.
The scanner itself, coupled with a sophisticated computer software program, allows Radiologists to see very detailed images of the internal organs, soft tissues, tendons and muscles of many parts of the body. Ultrasound scanning has been undertaken for many years.
Current knowledge tells us that it is safe to use ultrasound scanning on pregnant women with no known detrimental effects on mother or baby. In every fetus there is a fluid thickening behind the neck. This thickening is called the Nuchal Translucency.
Studies have found that if the fetus has an increased nuchal translucency this indicates an increased risk of a chromosomal abnormality in the fetus. CT stands for Computerised Tomography.