What diagnostic imaging is
Diagnostic imaging enables healthcare workers to see inside your body. They use the images created to diagnose, treat and monitor a large range of health conditions.
There are several types of diagnostic imaging including:
magnetic fields and radio waves – MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging)
sound waves – ultrasounds.
Laws and regulation
The Health Insurance Act 1973 and its subordinate legislation, including the Health Insurance (Diagnostic Imaging Services Table) Regulations, regulate diagnostic imaging services under Medicare.
Only accredited practices can perform Medicare-funded diagnostic imaging services.
The Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme ensures that diagnostic imaging practices meet safety and quality standards.
The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) helps to avoid excess radiation doses for patients undergoing diagnostic imaging.