Interventional Medical Imaging
We provide a full range of specialist diagnostic and interventional services using state-of-the-art equipment.
These services include:
- Diagnostic angiography
- Angioplasty and stenting of vessels
- Insertion of central venous access devices
- Biliary drains and stents
- Insertion and removal of inferior vena cava filters
- Liver biopsies
- Nephrostomy tube insertions/ureteric stenting
- Vascular intervention/embolisations
- Transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunts
- Vascular thrombolysis/clot retrieval
- Vascular malformation embolisations
- Embolisations of acute vascular bleeding/trauma.
How to access this service
To access this service, your GP or medical practitioner will need to send a referral letter to the hospital.
If there is a waiting list, you will receive a confirmation letter and be advised on what to do next. If there is no waiting list, you will receive an appointment booking letter or we will contact you to arrange a suitable time for your appointment.
You can also access this service when you are staying in hospital or if you have been referred by a hospital clinician.
Before your hospital appointment
Most interventional procedures require patient preparation, such as fasting. Please refer to your appointment letter for specific preparation instructions for your procedure.
What to bring
- Your Medicare card
- Private health insurance card (if you have one)
- Health Care Card and/or concession card (if you have one)
- Current medications (prescription, over the counter and herbal medicine)
- Relevant x-rays, scans or any other test results or reports
- Glasses, hearing aids and mobility aids
- Your appointment letter
- Any special items listed on your letter
- WorkCover claim number (if relevant)
- Snacks, a drink or money to buy refreshments
- Something to read or do while you wait
- An adult carer to support you and take you home
- Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney (if you have one)
- A jacket or cardigan in case you get cold
- A dressing gown or cardigan, sleepwear or comfortable day clothes
- Slippers and shoes (low heel, closed-in, non-slip, adjustable and firm fitting around the foot)
- Your toiletries and personal items
- Copy of Advanced Healthcare Directive or Enduring Power of Attorney if you have one
- Something to read or do during your stay
- Medical devices required for your care (e.g. CPAP machine)
- Do not bring large amounts of cash or valuables such as jewellery, watches or other items of value to you
Frequently asked questions
No, most procedures are performed under local anaesthetic. Occasionally, light sedation will be given. Find out more information about anaesthetics.
No, a radiologist from the Medical Imaging Department will perform your procedure and give your doctor the results.
This depends on the type of procedure you have had and the type of work you do. You will not be able to drive home after most interventional procedures. Please arrange for someone to pick you up after your appointment. To find out if you can work the following day, please call the department to discuss.
Medical Imaging Department
Location: Ground Floor, The Prince Charles Hospital
Phone: (07) 3139 4555 (to cancel or change an appointment)
Fax: (07) 3139 4253
Open: Monday-Friday 8.00am-5.00pm
Need help outside hours?
For non-urgent medical issues call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84) or visit your GP.
In an emergency call 000.
Refer a patient
To refer a patient to this service, complete a TPCH Medical Imaging Request form. Email or fax the form to the Medical Imaging Department.