Please find below some information about patient safety issues.
What You Must Tell Us
Things you MUST inform our staff about before your examination:
Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging are committed to providing a clinically superior and caring diagnostic imaging service to the South Australian & Alice Springs communities. Our commitment to your safety is our highest priority. Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging invests much time, effort and resources into making sure that every patient receives a quality medical imaging service utilising the most appropriate imaging techniques and the lowest possible dose of radiation. Our radiographic staff are highly skilled technicians who are licensed to operate our modern diagnostic imaging equipment. They also actively participate in ongoing training and a process of continuous improvement to ensure our high safety and quality standards are maintained.
Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging has long prided itself on its ability to get diagnostically accurate images using the absolute lowest dose of radiation necessary. We take a very proactive stance regarding patient safety and paramount to this is the issue of radiation dose. Our highly skilled technicians and doctors are continually monitoring, and reviewing our imaging protocols and equipment maintenance procedures to ensure the highest standards in safety are maintained. In addition, all our equipment is routinely serviced and maintained by the equipment manufacturers.
For more information regarding radiation and medical imaging, please visit the Radiation Risk of Medical Imaging page on The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologist website.
The Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging uses non-ionic contrast media. This is the safest intravenous contrast media available.
Sometimes an injection of contrast media is indicated to enhance the quality and diagnostic accuracy of the examination. Following an injection of contrast media you may experience a sensation of heat, an unusual taste or smell and a tingling sensation in the pelvic area. These symptoms are common and very transient. The contrast is eliminated from the body by the kidneys and is excreted in the urine within hours of the initial injection. Patients are encouraged to drink additional clear fluids following their examination to assist kidney filtration. Occasionally, patients experience minor allergic reactions such as hives. In rare cases a major allergic reaction can occur. Our staff are trained in the management of allergic reactions and all sites that administer intravenous contrast media are equipped with emergency medications, should a patient experience a severe reaction. Patients with a history of allergic reactions, asthma, diabetes, kidney failure or heart disease may require additional precautions to minimise possible complications from a contrast injection.
The Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging infection control guidelines are based on state and federal guidelines and standards, supported by advice from local specialist Microbiologists and utilise currently accepted practices and procedures.
Our clinics use disposable, single use gloves, catheters, needles and syringes. They provide gowns, face masks, protective glasses and sterilising fluids for use in appropriate infection control guidelines. Medical equipment that is to be re-used is cleaned and sterilised in accordance with Australian Standard (AS/NZS 4815).