Best wishes for the Holiday season from all the team at TRG Imaging
TRG Imaging has successfully launched a trial at its West Auckland clinic with the support of St John SPCA Outreach Therapy Pets. Polly and Kiri greeted and mingled with patients in the reception waiting area, helping reduce anxiety levels that patients often experience prior to a medical procedure.
TRG Imaging patient Michelle Huizinga, said ‘It was a nice surprise and it was a great conversation starter with other patients… obviously the dogs don’t talk back. Polly and Kiri were a comforting distraction to what can be a stressful time.’
Studies of animal-assisted therapy have shown to promote emotional wellbeing and as an added therapy for children suffering from a variety of illnesses. Contact with gentle animals provides comfort and helps people to be happier. Interacting with a dog can help:
· lessen your anxiety and distress
· reduce the need for pain medication
· support you emotionally
· make you feel more comfortable communicating with your healthcare team
In 2011 a study was carried out in the USA where 28 patients interacted with a therapy dog for 15 minutes about half an hour before they had an MRI, whilst six other patients had no intervention before their MRI. The results showed that an interaction with a therapy dog could be used in place of drug therapy to reduce patient anxiety.
As TRG Imaging continues to push the boundaries of delivering the best possible patient experience, a roll out of this offering is planned for all its clinics in Northland, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay.
We are proud to announce that the installation of our new Siemens state-of-the-art 3T MRI machine has now been completed. The new scanner has the most advanced MRI technology available in New Zealand, and the quality and efficiency of the imaging is cutting edge. The 3T MRI offers a unique platform to help tackle the most demanding MRI challenges of today and tomorrow. Its breakthrough design delivers maximum performance under prolonged high-strain conditions, and exciting new MRI applications deliver higher anatomical detail.
The new scanner is a 70cm bore Siemens 3T MAGENTOM Skyra. It has the latest digital RF architecture and ultra-high density coil technology, allowing for exceptional image quality and more efficient scanning - if a picture is worth a thousand words, the 3 Tesla MRI is an encyclopedia!
Increase in Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR)
The higher field strength of 3T brings a theoretical advantage of twice the SNR.
The benefits of this improved SNR can be used to increase the spatial resolution for improved visualisation of smaller structures. This is achieved by scanning with thinner slices, smaller fields of view, while potentially decreasing the scan time for a more comfortable scan. The shorter scan times can also improve image quality by reducing the amount of motion artefacts, since patients have no need to hold still for as long.
Brain and musculoskeletal imaging are particularly advantageous at 3T, where small brain MS plaques, infarcts and neoplastic diseases are better visualised with improved diagnosis. MR angiography in the brain and neck is enhanced by the spatial resolution, better delineating small aneurysms.
Musculoskeletal imaging improves clarity of ligaments tendons and all small structures, especially in hand, finger, wrist and toe imaging. Structures are vastly improved on 3T and this translates into reducing the necessity of arthrogram studies especially in wrist and shoulder imaging.
As part of our ongoing commitment to providing a comprehensive service to our local community using the latest technology and delivering nothing less than outstanding patient care, we have installed a state of the art 1.5 MRI Scanner into our Lincoln Road practice in addition to ultrasound and x-ray services. It was our belief that the growing population of West Auckland should be better serviced with MRI technology and that patients should not have to travel back and forth into the city to have MRI scans that were requested by specialists consulting from the city.
Please remember that you have an option for your all of your patients that live in West Auckland and need MRI scans. Bookings for MRI appointments are available for 5 days a week from 8am to 3.30pm.
We are delighted to announce our new CT cardiac imaging services on the North Shore – CT Calcium Score and CT Coronary Angiography. This in addition to MRI cardiac imaging services already offered, reinforces our commitment to providing a comprehensive service to our local community using the latest technology and four of the region’s top cardiologists to deliver nothing less than outstanding patient care.
What is a CT Coronary Angiogram?
A computed tomography coronary angiogram (CTCA) is an imaging test that looks at the arteries that supply the heart with blood. Unlike traditional coronary angiograms, CT angiograms do not use a catheter threaded through the blood vessels from the groin to the heart. CTCA is used primarily to check for narrowed arteries in the heart that could explain chest pain or risk for a heart attack.
The CT coronary angiogram procedure uses a powerful X-ray machine that produce images of the heart and its blood vessels. The procedure is minimally-invasive with the need for an injection in the forearm only so there is no need to stay in hospital after the examination.
Both CT and traditional coronary angiograms expose you to radiation. If there is known coronary artery disease, a traditional coronary angiogram may be a better imaging option as specialised treatment for coronary artery disease can be performed during that procedure.
TRG Imaging has a modern Siemens 128 slice state-of-the-art CT scanner which has a radiation reduction software package to enable rapid scanning and very low radiation dose.
For more details about this procedure please click here.
What is a CT Calcium Score Test?
A CT calcium score test is a specialized X-ray test using a CT Scanner that provides detailed pictures to enable the detection and measurement of calcium-containing plaque in the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries).
Plaque inside the arteries of the heart can restrict or block the flow of blood to the muscle of the heart. The CT Calcium Score Test can identify possible coronary artery disease before there are signs and symptoms. The outcome of the test may indicate the need for treatment such as medication or lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of heart attack or other heart problems.
For more details about this procedure please click here.
If you have any questions, please phone us on 09 486 1659 or email us at email@example.com
This specialised ultrasound scan assesses the pelvic floor of women.
Along with the recent advances and success of treatment of pelvic floor disorders there has been increasing demand for this scan.
TRG Imaging offers Tri-dimensional Pelvic Floor Ultrasound at our Shakespeare Road practice in Milford. This scan is particularly useful in assessing pelvic floor disorders such as:
• urinary or faecal incontinence
• recurrent urinary tract infection
• symptoms of obstructed defaecation
• selected cases of pelvic, vaginal or anal pain
• pelvic organ prolapse
When the scan is performed, the pelvic floor is assessed for dysfunction as well as levator ani (muscle) defects as a cause for the symptoms.
The assessment is dynamic and provides you with direct feedback as the scan is being performed. The scan is multicompartmental using a combination of
transabdominal, transvaginal and perineal ultrasound. It takes approximately one hour to perform this complex ultrasound examination. Our team are
trained to make you feel at ease throughout each stage of the assessment.
If you feel this assessment will be useful, we suggest you discuss this with your doctor or specialist first.
New state-of-the-artfacilities were shown off to invited guests at the official opening of TRG Imaging in Milford. Health Minister, The Honourable Dr Jonathan Coleman MP attended to carry out the opening formalities at the Shakespeare Road site on Thursday 19th May.
The entire facility is designed to relax and reassure our patients through their radiology experience and is without doubt a first in New Zealand. With a focus on clinical and service quality, we have confidently invested in radiology healthcare, determined to make a positive contribution to our local community. Representatives from equipment providers, financial backers, medical professionals and staff converged on the stylish reception area before a tour, which highlighted the range of diagnostic services offered including x-ray, mammography, CT, MRI and ultrasound scanning.
TRG Imaging (formerly The Radiology Group) is very excited to be undergoing a brand improvement as well as a move to its new flagship branch. The new address is;
209 Shakespeare Road, Milford, Auckland 0620
The name change reflects the modern view of using as little ionising radiation as possible with the emergence of new modalities: diagnostic radiology moves to medical imaging. The colours selected are fresh and new.
We have been busy updating our clinics, signage, information packs and website. The feedback from our patients has been so positive. We are very proud of our new look and feel. What has not changed is our focus on quality and patient experience.
Over the weekend of the 5th and 6th of December we are moving into our new building at 209 Shakespeare Road, Milford. We look forward to offering this clinic and its services to your patients from Monday 7th December.
This new imaging centre located opposite the main entrance to North Shore Hospital is a comprehensive radiology practice and offers:
- Digital Radiology
- CT Scans
- MRI Services, including a new top of the Siemens 3T magnet
We pride ourselves on combining innovation in technology with the leading sub-specialty skills of our 27 Radiologists and over 200 staff in the Group to ensure expert imaging and diagnosis.
We are proud of our partnership with Auckland Breast Centre (ABC) who will also reside in the new building. ABC will be operating out of the new clinic from the 12th January 2016.
Auckland Breast Centre has taken the lead in the diagnosis and management of breast disease and is proud to have several ‘firsts’:
- First private digital mammography machine in the Waitemata Health district.
- First provider of radio-isotope injections for sentinel node localisation on the North Shore
- First provider of dedicated breast density assessment in Auckland
- First digital mammography tomosynthesis in Auckland
- First comprehensive breast imaging service to include on-site breast MRI in Auckland
- First intraoperative radiotherapy service in New Zealand
The new site at 209 Shakespeare Road offers the same personalised service philosophy:
- Modern facility with more space, more comfort
- Enhanced ease of access
- A new state-of-the-art mammography machine with tomosynthesis
- The lowest radiation dose possible for diagnostic mammography
Comprehensive breast diagnosis and treatment facility with
- Multidisciplinary team approach to diagnosis and patient care
- Specialist breast surgeons and plastic surgeons on site
- Specialist breast radiologists on site every day
- Oncology specialists available for advice
- Intra-operative radiotherapy through Focus Radiotherapy
- Breast care nurse
We would be very happy for you to visit our new facility so we can show you around, get your feedback and ultimately provide the best service to you and your patients.
Please feel free to give us a call or email at any time.
MRI has been used in New Zealand for more than 25 years for the noninvasive assessment of the prostate gland and adjacent pelvic organs. The initial application of MRI centred on local pelvic staging in patients with biopsy proven cancer.
More recent advances in hardware and software have led to the development of multiparametric MRI (mpMRI). The mpMRI technology combines anatomic assessment with functional and physiological assessment that includes diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) and the derivative apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) maps, and dynamic contrast enhanced (DCE) MRI.
mpMRI has substantially increased the diagnostic capability for the assessment of prostate cancer. Specifically, the detection of clinically significant cancer is improved by mpMRI, and mpMRI provides increased confidence in the diagnosis and management of benign disease and dormant prostatic malignancy. Research has demonstrated that mpMRI has a high negative predictive value for clinically significant prostate cancer.
The clinical indications for mpMRI include not only locoregional staging of biopsy documented prostate cancer, but also the following applications:
1.Progressive rise in PSA in the context of negative transrectal or transperineal biopsy.
2.Localization of tumour prior to biopsy.
3.Localization of tumour prior to nonoperative therapy.
4.Imaging guidance for targeted biopsy.
5.Adjunct to biopsy and the other clinical parameters that are employed at initial risk stratificaton prior to the commencement of Active Surveillance of low grade prostate cancer.
6.Monitoring of patients who have low risk disease and are being managed by Active Surveillance.
7.Investigation of posttreatment biochemical failure for the detection of locally recurrent disease.