Overview

Radiology has become an indispensable part of modern health care.

Numerous imaging technologies allow health professionals to see inside the human body in greater detail than ever, allowing faster diagnosis, better treatment and more accurate monitoring of an expanding list of medical conditions.

Every day X-rays, MRI, CT, ultrasound and other radiology technologies are used to significantly improve health outcomes for more than 9 million Australian patients, suffering everything from bone fractures and arthritis to cancer, stroke and heart disease.

Radiology can check the health of a foetus in the womb. It can produce live images to guide surgeons when they are operating. It can show in real time how the body’s vital organs are working – not just mechanically but bio-chemically as well.

Put simply, radiology saves lives.

Since 1895, when Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen accidentally discovered X-rays, diagnostic imaging has become more refined and ever more useful.

With more than 25 million radiology procedures performed every year in Australia alone, what started out as a scientific curiosity has become – along with painkillers and antibiotics – one of the greatest tools of medicine.

Every day, X-rays, MRI, CT, ultrasound and other radiology technologies are used to significantly improve health outcomes for more than 9 million Australian patients.