Prognosis Outstanding; Central Queensland Medical Imaging Has Made State-of-the-Art the Norm in This Region

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AS medical imaging has evolved over the years, so too has Central Queensland Medical Imaging (CQMI).

For more than 60 years, CQMI has led the way, bringing the most up-to-date and state-of-the-art technology to provide the best diagnosis for their patients.

Established in the 1940s, CQMI was formed under the guidance and medical expertise of radiologist Dr Jack Gilloghley, who was the first specialist outside Brisbane to set up practice.

For many years, and still today based at the Mater Hospital, the practice works with both the public and private sectors and has expanded to meet the demands of patients and health professionals.

"Rockhampton has led the way in medical advancements, giving patients the opportunity to have medical imaging performed in their own town," radiologist Dr Joe Putman said.

A CQMI radiologist for 25 years, Dr Putman worked with Dr Gilloghley before he retired in 1987, and with other colleagues such as Dr John Williams and Christine and David Campbell.

Formerly a GP, Dr Putman found a keen interest in the field of radiology as the profession was expanding and there was the challenge of providing advancements in a regional area.

"What CQMI has done in the last 25 years has developed medical imaging in CQ," he said.

"Most people don't realise that CQMI had the first colour doppler ultrasound machine, one of the first CAT scanners outside Brisbane installed in 1984, and the first MRI scanner outside a capital city in 1992.

"We are continuing to lead CQ with new technology such as cardiac imaging with CT and nuclear medicine, and this is very important for the people of CQ in this day and age."

CQMI's long history in the region has allowed its team to better understand the needs of the local community and to provide the most appropriate services possible. With practices in Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Emerald, Gladstone and Bundaberg, CQMI is now part of I-Med, which is the largest private radiology group in Australia and has become an icon in the medical industry.

By providing this level of service it encourages other doctors and specialists to come to the region to work as they can have the same support that they would expect in a larger centre such as Brisbane or Sydney. As an example, CQMI provides mammography, breast ultrasound and biopsies, obstetric ultrasound, including 3D imaging and bone densitometry for women's imaging.

These are performed by highly trained and accredited technicians, with radiologists like Dr Putman and his colleagues Drs Storey, Joshi, Ravichandren and Nagarkar performing, diagnosing and reporting in a timely fashion.

Both patients and referring doctors have been able to benefit from CQMI covering anything from chest X-rays, CAT scans and dental X-rays to pregnancy ultrasound and MRI scans.

As a radiologist working at CQMI for more than two decades, Dr Putman said he enjoyed the job not only because of the medical and technological advancements but also the professional involvement and satisfaction of being able to help doctors diagnose abnormalities in their patients that can then be treated. …