Spartan First Imaging

In February 2024, Spartan First joined forces with Telemed Health Services to create Spartan First Imaging (SFI), Australia’s first Indigenous medical imaging service for radiology and nuclear medicine.
Spartan First Imaging is in Kalgoorlie, serving the needs of the community in the Goldfields Esperance region.

Transformative advancements in medical imaging technology are revolutionising healthcare globally, however access to these technologies is not universal. Nowhere is this more apparent than in rural and remote regions of Australia, where healthcare inequality results in widening of the gap. SFI’s vision is to confront this gap head-on through innovative and technological healthcare strategies.

SFI’s mission is to transcend geographical barriers and ensure that every individual, regardless of location, has access to state-of-the-art medical imaging services, paving the way for a healthier and more equitable future for all.

Services include

Nuclear Medicine

What is Nuclear Medicine?

Nuclear medicine imaging is a sophisticated medical procedure that utilises radiotracers to diagnose and treat diseases. By injecting these substances, physicians can observe the dynamic processes taking place in various organs and tissues. The gamma camera, integral to this process, captures the emitted energy from the radiotracers, which is then enhanced by SPECT/CT technology to produce detailed images. This fusion of functional and anatomical imaging enables clinicians to detect abnormalities early on, often before symptoms occur or abnormalities are detectable with other diagnostic tests. The safety of nuclear medicine procedures is underscored by the meticulous calculation of radiotracer doses, ensuring they are as low as reasonably achievable to minimize radiation exposure while yielding optimal imaging results. Over decades, this technology has revolutionized the approach to medical diagnosis, contributing significantly to patient care by facilitating early and accurate detection of health issues.

Coming soon: Bone Mineral Density (BMD) Scan

A bone mineral density scan, commonly referred to as a BMD test, is a specialized X-ray designed to measure the calcium and other mineral content in your bones. The procedure is crucial in diagnosing osteoporosis, a condition where bones become brittle and more prone to fractures. During the test, a machine called a dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner is used to take images of certain bones, typically the hip and spine, which are most susceptible to weakening. The results can help healthcare providers assess the risk of fractures, monitor the progression of osteoporosis, and evaluate the effectiveness of ongoing treatment. It’s a non-invasive, painless procedure that plays a vital role in managing bone health, especially for individuals at higher risk due to age, family history, or other factors.

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