Image Guided Procedures

Image Guided Procedures

Image guided procedures are available at BMI University Hospital Geelong and BMI McKellar. The most suitable location for your procedure will vary, depending on what your doctor has requested.

We will need to see your request form prior to making your booking, to allow us to review any pre procedure instructions that you will need.

You can bring your request in to any BMI site or alternatively your request may be faxed to 4215 0447 or emailed to Please ensure your current contact details including, address, mobile telephone number and email address (if preferred) are provided. BMI will either contact you by telephone or send you an appointment confirmation letter. Should you have any queries in regard to your appointment please contact us on 4215 0300.

What to expect?

When you arrive your procedure will be explained to you by a specialist radiologist. You will usually have a nurse and radiographer in the room with you as well.

Most procedures will require you to remove clothing, change into a gown and remove jewellery from the region being examined.

In the room the team will assist you get into the most appropriate position for the procedure.

Procedures involving injections are undertaken in sterile conditions. The team will disinfect and place sterile cloths on the area to be injected.

Local anaesthetic may also be used to minimise discomfort in the area to be injected.

Pictures are then used to guide the placement of the needle, catheter or stent.

When your procedure is finished, you will be advised of any after-care instructions if required.

What are image guided procedures?

BMI performs a range of diagnostic tests and treatments that involve the use of medical imaging to assist specialist radiologists to see inside your body. For example, examinations of the digestive tract may involve watching you swallowing liquid whilst the pictures are taken or ultrasound used to guide an injection or biopsy.

Some common guided procedures include:

  • Barium Swallow
  • Joint Injection (CT/Ultrasound or X-ray guided)
  • Angiogram
  • Stent Insertion
  • Image guided spinal injections
  • Image guided biopsies/FNA’s

How long do image guided procedures take?

The time you need to allow for image guided procedures varies in length depending on what has been requested. Your confirmation letter will provide information on how much time to allow for your appointment.

Preparation for Imaging Guided Procedures

Your appointment confirmation letter will provide details on any required preparation as well as our contact details for any questions.

Safety Issues

Further information on Radiation can be found under our FAQ section.

Contact Us

If you require further information regarding an X-ray please call Barwon Medical Imaging on T. 4215 0300