Diagnostic imaging, scans and X-rays in Australia

In Australia in 2017-18, health professionals performed more than 27 million diagnostic images that were funded under Medicare.

Images are created using:

A radiologist (or other medical practitioner) interprets the images and reports this information to your doctor.

What we’re doing about diagnostic imaging, scans and X-rays

Service providers need special equipment and training to interpret diagnostic images

Our work on Medicare helps to reduce the cost of diagnostic imaging services so more people can afford them.  Medicare also requires that:

  • equipment is kept up to date
  • diagnostic imaging practices are accredited
  • staff are properly trained.

Government agencies we work with

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA)

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) aims to protect Australians from radiation exposure, ensure emergency preparedness, promote effective use of ionising radiation in medicine and ensure appropriate regulation and enforcement activities.

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Services Australia

Information about how to contact Services Australia.

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