Medical imaging is a term encompassing many diagnostic and interventional imaging modalities including radiography, ultrasound, MRI and nuclear medicine. Diagnostic Imaging Medical Physicists (DIMPs) play a specialised role in Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in a number of areas including consultation in radiation protection for staff and patients, equipment evaluations, radiation and image quality optimisation, quality assurance and service development.
Queensland Health is by far the largest employer of DIMPs in Queensland. Biomedical Technology Services, or BTS, is operated by Queensland Health, and provides Medical Physics services to all of the Health Service Districts within Queensland including BreastScreen QLD. BTS has staff at 15 locations (c. 2014) seen below, and which are listed here. The Queensland Government maintains a BTS homepage here.
The Nuclear Medicine and Queensland PET service at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital also employees a number of Nuclear Medicine Specialised DIMPs who support the comprehensive suite of therapeutic and diagnostic examinations conducted on site, as well as PET radiopharmaceutical production and manufacturing. More information on the Nuclear Medicine and Queensland PET service at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital can be found on their website here.
Together Biomedical Technology Services and RBWH Nuclear Medicine and Queensland PET service are an accredited training organisation for the ACPSEM DIMP TEAP.
Images from the Gold Coast University Hospital, opened in 2013, including photos of the nuclear medicine and medical imaging facilities, can be seen here.