Technology Creates New Possibilities at Geelong's Newest Imaging Unit

July 27, 2016| Epworth News /

Dr Paul Smith is one of the new breed of radiologists, practising interventional radiology to achieve minimally invasive image-guided diagnosis and treatment of diseases.

Dr Paul Smith

Dr Paul Smith

One such disease is liver cancer. Dr Smith hopes to introduce a new procedure to deliver chemotherapy directly into the liver, using fluoroscopy-guided wires to bypass blockages. This new service will spark opportunities for developing a liver and bile duct research program in collaboration with Geelong’s Deakin University

State-of-the-art MRI highlights new detail

The Magnetic Resource Imaging (MRI) at Epworth Geelong is the roomiest MRI available. Its strong magnet produces high resolution images and offers clinicians the best chance of spotting potential abnormalities. “It operates more quickly than in the past, so patients spend less time in what can be a noisy and claustrophobic environment”, said Dr Smith.

Enabling collaboration through high-speed access to MRI images

The new Medical Imaging Unit at Epworth Geelong has the equivalent of 19 full time staff and expects to take more than 100 million images each year.

Images captured in Geelong’s new Medical Imaging Unit are networked via high-speed internet to Epworth Richmond and Epworth Freemasons, so radiologists can review images together in real time, enabling second and third opinions on complex cases. Storage of images is primarily onsite and backed up to six external sites for added security.

About Dr Paul Smith

Radiologist Dr Paul Smith is the new Clinical Director of Epworth Medical Imaging at the new hospital based in Waurn Ponds. He collaborates with other clinicians, including sports medicine specialists, to achieve the best results.

Dr Smith worked previously at Epworth Richmond, Albury Base Hospital and Austin Hospital in Heidelberg. He recently moved to Point Lonsdale with his wife, Andrea and their two year old daughter. Paul is still an avid surfer at Point Lonsdale Surf Lifesaving Club where they met 23 years ago. They chose Point Lonsdale because they love the location and lifestyle for their young family.

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