Safety & You

SKG Radiology is committed to providing the highest quality and safest clinical care for our patients.

SKG Radiology employs qualified, highly skilled clinical staff, who undergo regular training and assessment to ensure provision of a quality and safe diagnostic imaging service.

Examinations are tailored to each patient to ensure the most appropriate examination is performed with the lowest possible risk.

Radiation Safety

SKG Radiology abides by the ALARA principle with regard to radiation dose – “As Low as reasonably achievable”. This ensures that patients receive the lowest possible dose of radiation necessary to achieve an accurate diagnosis. Our imaging protocols and techniques are regularly reviewed and updated in accordance with the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme.

Our Specialists, Medical Imaging Technologists and Nuclear Medicine Technicians are all registered with the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Agency and licenced with the Radiological Council of WA to operate our state-of-the-art equipment.

We ensure our equipment remains compliant with the Radiation Safety Act (WA) and perform regular servicing and maintenance in accordance with manufacturer requirements.

 

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Contrast Injections

Where clinically indicated, contrast media may be used to enhance the diagnostic accuracy of the examination.

SKG Radiology adheres to the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Radiologist’s (RANZCR) guidelines on contrast media use. To minimise the possible risks associated with contrast injection, SKG Radiology uses the safest available contrast media.

Patients are clinically assessed prior to contrast administration to ensure safety, and where necessary preventative measures are taken to minimise complications. At-risk patients may be asked to remain in the department for a short period after their injection for observation.

As with most drugs, side effects and adverse reactions are possible. These may occur during or after the examination. Side effects may include a feeling of warmth or a taste in the mouth. These effects are usually mild and of short duration. Adverse reactions are usually related to an allergy to contrast media. Minor allergic reactions usually consist of hives. More severe reactions are rare and could result in shortness of breath and facial swelling. It is extremely rare for reactions to be life threatening.

SKG Radiology staff undergo regular training and all branches are equipped with emergency medications and equipment to manage adverse events related to contrast administration.

 

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Infection Control

SKG Radiology abides by the Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare published by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Our collaboration with multiple private hospitals in Western Australia allows us access to specialist infection control resources. Our infection control policies and procedures are maintained by our Infection Control Coordinator, and regularly reviewed by our Clinical Standards Committee.

SKG staff predominantly uses single-use equipment which is disposed of according to our comprehensive waste management policy.

Re-useable medical equipment is cleaned and sterilised in accordance with Australian Standards.

Cleaning is undertaken using approved cleaning and disinfection measures.

Protective personal equipment such as gowns, face masks and protective eyewear is provided to ensure the highest standards of infection control are met for our staff and patients.