Specialised Services

At Global Diagnostics, we recognise the need for dedicated specialised radiology services. Our network of radiology practices offers a comprehensive range of imaging technologies with specialised services including cardiovascular, paediatric, musculoskeletal, women's and men's imaging and minimally invasive treatments for musculoskeletal, neck and back pain. 

Our radiologists provide thorough, accurate  and timely imaging reports to assist you in providing excellent patient care and disease management. Each of our radiologists may be contacted for clinical advice or to discuss the examination of choice for your patients. Please call our on-site radiologist at the practice closest to you. For more information about individual radiologists visit the 'our radiologists' page.

Sports Imaging

At Global Diagnostics we provide a full sports imaging service including general x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound and interventional procedures for acute or chronic injuries and ailments of the musculoskeletal system.

Our expert radiographers, sonographers and radiologists, many of whom enjoy sport, understand the complexities of musculoskeletal injuries and are highly knowledgeable about sports injuries, whether common or rare.

Our excellent relationships with orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians, physiotherapists, osteopaths and podiatrists enable us to fully understand musculoskeletal ailments and advise the best way to diagnose the cause of pain. If you are a health care specialist needing expert advice about the best imaging modality for your patient, simply call one of our radiologists to discuss specifics.

We offer a full range of diagnostic imaging services including general x-ray, CT, MRI, ultrasound, nuclear medicine and interventional treatments of the spine, joints, muscles, bursa and nerves under image guidance using fluoroscopy, ultrasound or CT.

Cortisone Injections

Pain-relief injections usually combine cortisone, such as Celestone (Betamethasone) with a long-acting local anaesthetic, such as Bupivacaine. Cortisone, a powerful anti-inflammatory, can be injected into areas of inflammation, which is a common cause of pain. Cortisone is a legal steroid medication.

For sports injuries, cortisone injections will reduce or eliminate pain associated with:

  • Bursitis – sub acromial and greater trochanteric
  • Arthritis – joint degeneration
  • Nerve pain – back and carpal tunnel (wrist)
  • Tendinits and tenosynovitis – plantar fasciitis, trigger finger, de Quervain’s, tennis and golfer’s elbow
  • Frozen shoulder – adhesive capsulitis
  • Ganglion cyst

Depending on the area of pain, CT, fluoroscopy or ultrasound is used to ensure the needle delivering the treatment is exactly within the area suspected of causing pain. If a fluid collection such as a ganglion joint effusion is shown, the radiologist might aspirate fluid to relieve distension, before injecting the cortisone.

As a general rule, the number of injections into a particular area is limited to three during a twelve-month period to minimise the risk of affecting the soft tissues. Usually we leave this decision to the referring doctor, who should assess whether the benefits outweigh the risk of soft-tissue damage.

Paediatric Imaging

At Global Diagnostics, our staff provide comprehensive, expert imaging services for paediatric patients.  We recognise that children do not require as much radiation to achieve high-quality images and so our imaging protocols are tailored to minimise radiation exposure. Our radiographers calibrate equipment in accordance with the ALARA principle (as low as reasonably achievable).

Our team of dedicated radiographers, sonographers, radiologists, nurses and support staff provide a family-centred environment, where children feel comfortable and safe. We offer a comprehensive range of radiology services including general x-ray, fluoroscopy, PET/CT, MRI, ultrasound, interventional radiology and nuclear medicine. Where appropriate, a child might be sedated to enable improved image quality and diagnosis.

Women’s Imaging

Global Diagnostics provides medical imaging services tailored to women's needs, by improving health care through accurate and early diagnosis. We want your patients' experience with us to be as comfortable and professional as possible, so we have created patient environments to support that. Our staff care about patient privacy and handle personal medical information with the utmost discretion. Patients always come first; a commitment we uphold everyday.

Global Diagnostics provides the following women’s imaging services:

  • Breast imaging
  • Digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Image-guided breast biopsies and aspirations
  • Pre-surgical, image-guided needle localisation

Pregnancy imaging

  • First-trimester dating scan
  • First-trimester screen or nuchal translucency at 11–13+6 weeks
  • Second-trimester morphology assessment at 18–22 weeks
  • Third-trimester assessment

Gynaecological imaging

  • Pelvic ultrasound
  • Hysterosalpingography and hysterosonography

General

  • DEXA bone densitometry
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • CT – computed tomography
  • General x-ray
  • MRI – magnetic resonance imaging
  • General and vascular ultrasound

Our specialist womens imaging radiologists:

Men’s Imaging

At Global Diagnostics we recognise the need for specialised imaging services for men and boys. We provide diagnostic testing for symptomatic and asymptomatic conditions throughout all stages of life.

Prostate imaging

According to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia, each year almost 3300 Australian men die because of prostate cancer and around 20,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed. That means that one in nine Australian men (11%) will develop prostate cancer during their lifetime. Prevention, early detection and effective treatment all decrease the likelihood of death because of prostate cancer.

  • MRI prostate
  • Urinary tract ultrasound, including prostate

Cardiovascular imaging


The term cardiovascular disease is used to describe disease affecting the heart or arteries, which could lead to heart attack, stroke and blood vessel disease. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of death in Australia. Men are twice as likely as females to be affected by coronary artery disease.

Global Diagnostics offers a full range of medical imaging services for cardiovascular imaging for screening purposes and diagnosing symptomatic patients.

Cardiovascular imaging services include:

  • CT angiography
  • Nuclear medicine heart scans
  • Vascular Doppler ultrasound
  • Magnetic resonance angiography – MRA

Scrotal ultrasound

Ultrasound imaging of the scrotum provides valuable anatomical and pathological information about the testes, epididymis and scrotum using high-frequency ultrasound, which is safe and painless. Ultrasound is typically used to assess the cause of pain, swelling, infertility or a palpable lump. In babies and infants, ultrasound can search for undescended testes.

Sudden onset of pain in the scrotum is a serious condition that should be investigated immediately to rule out testicular torsion, when the spermatic cord twists and reduces blood supply to the scrotum. Testicular torsion requires immediate surgery to avoid any permanent damage to the torted testis.

Breast Imaging

Although breast cancer is a rare condition in men, Global Diagnostics provides a comprehensive breast imaging service for both men and women. The same level of privacy and expert care is provided to men, who could get breast cancer and might need diagnostic testing. If a male patient notices any unusual signs or symptoms, such as a breast lump, an ultrasound scan can assess for any abnormality.

Global Diagnostics offers the following breast examinations for men:

  • Digital mammography
  • Breast ultrasound
  • Breast MRI
  • Breast image-guided biopsy or aspiration
  • Breast pre-surgical needle localisation
Cardiovascular Imaging

The term cardiovascular disease is used to describe disease affecting the heart or arteries, which could lead to heart attack, stroke and blood vessel disease. Coronary artery disease is the leading cause of deaths in Australia. Men are twice as likely as females to be affected by coronary artery disease.

Global Diagnostics offers a full range of medical imaging services for cardiovascular imaging for screening purposes and diagnosing symptomatic patients.

Cardiovascular imaging services include:

  • Cardiac CT imaging
  • CT angiography
  • Vascular Doppler ultrasound
  • Nuclear medicine heart scans
Spine and Back Pain Management

Global Diagnostics provides interventional procedures for the relief of symptomatic back pain. 

As many structures in the back cause pain, accurate diagnosis and conservative procedures such as image-guided injections improve patient care, decrease inappropriate treatments and reduce the use of narcotics for pain relief.

Global Diagnostics combines the latest diagnostic x-ray, CT and MRI imaging services with innovative image-guided therapeutic pain management.

Using x-ray, CT or MRI to diagnose the cause, an injection into the spine can alleviate pain and speed recovery. Image-guided steroid injections are intended to supplement other forms of back pain management for acute or chronic back pain.

Once the symptomatic area has been accurately identified, therapeutic spinal injections can be administered as an adjunct to conservative management, in particular for patients unsuited to surgery. Injections might also assist recovery in patients with persistent or recurrent pain following spinal surgery.

Global Diagnostics offers facet joint, nerve root and epidural injections, depending on the clinical symptoms, radiology diagnosis and a doctor’s preference.

Facet and sacro-iliac joints are the articulation surfaces at the back of the spine that allow the spine to bend and twist. Just like other bony joints, facet joints can be affected by arthritis. Image-guided steroid injections relieve back pain emanating from facet and sacro-iliac joints.

Epidural steroid injections have been performed for a very long time using patient positioning and bony landmarks to determine the appropriate site for needle placement. However, modern image guidance enables greater accuracy in delivering steroid treatment to the appropriate spinal region. Epidural injections can be one of three types – interlaminar, caudal or transforaminal. Usually the referring doctor determines the type of epidural injection that will most effectively treat the condition, whether that’s lower back pain, sciatica or nerve root pain. 

Nerve root blocks or foraminal injections are effective in treating ‘pinched nerves’ or radicular pain of the neck and back. Sciatica is a type of radicular pain that affects the legs.