About us

  • Welcome

    Welcome to the information webpage of the Medical Imaging Department of The Royal Children's Hospital (RCH). The department's team consists of radiologists, medical imaging technologists, medical resonance technologist, nuclear medicine technologists, sonographers, nurses, clerical staff, reception staff, and radiology assistants.

    The Medical Imaging Department is a specialised department that aims to provide the best possible medical imaging for children with minimal irradiation and discomfort.  The imaging is performed with specialised paediatric techniques and modern equipment in the best possible surroundings. 

    Types of equipment

    The department provides:-

    • 4 General Radiography rooms
    • 1 General Radiography system in the Emergency Resuscitation bays
    • 1 dual source, dual energy, 128 multi-slice CT (Computed Tomography) scanner
    • 1 SPECT CT - hybrid gamma camera / 16 slice diagnostic CT scanner
    • 1 MR/PET fully integrated 3T MRI with cutting-edge molecular imaging
    • 3 MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) units;
      • 1.5 Tesla unit in the Medical Imaging Department
      • 3.0 Tesla IMRIS intraoperative unit in the theatre complex
      • 3.0 Tesla research unit in the Medical Imaging Department operated for the Murdoch Children's Research Institute.
    • 8 Ultrasound units
    • 1 OPG and Lateral Cephalometry (dental) unit
    • 1 Digital Fluoroscopy room
    • 2 DSA (Digital Subtraction Angiography) rooms, one in Medical Imaging and a cardiology catheter suite in the theatre complex
    • 1 EOS system for low-dose, 3D imaging of the spine, hips and legs.

    We also provide imaging services to assist surgeons and other doctors during interventional and surgical procedures. 

    Location

    The Medical Imaging Department is located on the Lower Ground level, opposite the Green lifts (in the East building).

    Patient consent and procedure justification

    From the 1st of June 2016 the MID will implement a new consent procedure and document informed consent for every examination.  This is a legislative requirement. Information for patients and families will be available on the Medical imaging Department website and at the time of the examination. Verbal or written consent will be obtained as depending on the procedure type. 

    Examinations which are medically urgent and require completion in a prompt manner do not require consent.

    Images

    The department has wireless digital and CR (Computerised Radiography) imaging systems for conventional X-rays. All other imaging modalities acquire the medical images in a digital format. Digital images are stored in a central location and readily viewed in the Medical Imaging Department, in the wards and remotely by doctors away from the RCH campus.

    For further information about the department please contact:

    Wendy Golden
    Personal Assistant to the Director
    Medical Imaging Department
    The Royal Children's Hospital
    Flemington Road
    Parkville
    Victoria 3052, Australia

    Telephone +61 3 9345 5237
    Email: wendy.golden@rch.org.au

    Funding

    This department is primarily funded by government revenue. However, private patients will be billed for their examinations. This money is used for ongoing expenditure, research and new equipment.