Illawarra Shoalhaven Medical Imaging (ISMI) is the Public Hospital Medical Imaging provider for the communities of Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. As a unit of Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) we provide imaging for inpatients and outpatients in various modalities including:
- General Radiology,
- Computed Tomography (CT),
- Interventional Procedures of all types,
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI),
- Ultrasound, and
- Nuclear Medicine
In 2018/19 ISMI completed in excess of 195,000 radiology and nuclear medicine imaging procedures for our patients.
Patients are referred to us for diagnostic and interventional radiology, and nuclear medicine studies, from Emergency Departments, Hospital Wards and Clinics, and from GP's and other community based medical and allied health specialists via our networked services based on 6 hospital sites across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.
Our imaging departments are located within the:
- Northern Illawarra Hospital Group: at Bulli, and Wollongong Hospitals,
- Southern Illawarra Hospital Group: at Shellharbour, and Port Kembla Hospitals,
- Southern Hospital Group: at Shoalhaven and Milton-Ulladulla Hospitals.
Our departments offer both diagnostic examinations and imaging guided procedures. We employ a range of staff including Radiologists and Nuclear Medicine Physicians, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine Registrars, Radiographers and Nuclear Medicine Technologists, Registered Nurses; plus our friendly and skilled Administration and Technical staff.
ISMI has been at the leading edge of imaging services in the NSW public sector for the last 17 years, commencing in 2002, when our service became an early adopter of computerised Radiology Information Systems (RIS) and the related Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS). Starting at Wollongong Hospital in October 2002, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) has increasingly used our General Electric (GE) PACS/RIS system as an essential element in provision of Diagnostic Medical Imaging services to our patients, and referring clinicians internally, and across our communities. This system is in active use by front line clinicians within our 9 hospitals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. It is closely connected to our Cerner eMR (Electronic Medical Record), with real time messaging between the systems as required for safe and effective clinical workflow management. Our clinical information systems are used by the disciplines of Radiology, Nuclear Medicine, and Gastroenterology, and as a repository for Clinical Photography
Our RIS/PACS is the most advanced GE Imaging Informatics installation in the Asia Pacific Region, and currently holds 97 million images, each with its own unique identifier.
Privacy and security
Our systems maintain the privacy and security of your health information as required by law. As a NSW Health agency we will make health information available to the health providers that you have authorised as part of the My Health Record program. It is not intended that My Health Record will replace, or should be relied upon in place of, health records maintained by a health service. The purpose of My Health Record is to provide individuals with an online tool to manage and view a summary of their health records in accordance with Commonwealth eHealth policy.
Available at the following Hospitals:
- Bulli Hospital
- Wollongong Hospital
- Port Kembla Hospital
- Shellharbour Hospital
- Shoalhaven Hospital
- Milton-Ulladulla Hospital
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans
sometimes called sonograms/sonographs:
CT (Computed Tomography) scans
previously known as CAT (computerised axial tomography) scans
such as cardiac, bone, thyroid and SPECT scans, including therapeutic procedures
Radiologists treat abscesses, pain conditions, blocked arteries and tumours using images obtained by fluoroscopy, CT, ultrasound and MRI:
a continuous X-ray similar to an ‘X-ray movie’