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The Doctors and staff at Perth Radiological Clinic, WA’s longest established private medical imaging practice, wish everyone a happy and relaxing WA Day. Founded in 1948 the Practice has cared for Western Australians for almost 70 years. Today the Practice is the largest privately owned diagnostic imaging clinic in WA.

Independently owned by West Australian Doctors. Caring for West Australians since 1948.
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New test for Alzheimer’s disease available for patients today – a first in WA

A PET/CT scan is a powerful diagnostic examination which combines information about how the brain is working (PET) with structural information i.e. what the brain looks like, (CT) in one examination. There are two common types of PET/CT scans for the brain - an FDG scan which highlights brain metabolism and amyloid scans which record the amount of a special protein in the brain called beta amyloid.

The formation of ‘plaques’ of beta amyloid protein in the brain is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Plaques are collections of beta amyloid protein that abnormally clump together in AD patients.

Amyloid PET imaging detects the beta-amyloid protein in both the plaques in the brain and in the blood vessels supplying the brain. It appears that beta-amyloid plays an important role in the disease because plaques are found in all patients with AD.

A positive amyloid PET scan in itself is not definitive for Alzheimer’s disease however this test is a diagnostic tool to determine whether or not there is beta-amyloid in the brain. This helps increase the clinical certainty of a diagnosis.

The types of patients who might be considered for an Amyloid PET/CT scan are patients who

• have a family history of Alzheimer’s disease
• a history of progressive unexplained mild cognitive impairment
• patients with progressive dementia and
• atypical early age of onset <65 of symptoms and where Alzheimer’s disease is a possible diagnosis but the diagnosis remains uncertain upon comprehensive evaluation

The first two clinical Amyloid PET/CT patients in Perth will be scanned today, Wednesday 31st May, at Perth Radiological Clinic’s Oceanic Molecular PET/CT Centre located at Hollywood Hospital in Nedlands.

The scan involves an injection of a very small amount of a radioactive tracer into a vein in the arm. There is a delay between the injection and the scan of 90 minutes while the tracer travels from the blood stream into the brain, after which the scan will commence. The scan takes approximately 25 minutes. The images are reviewed by a Nuclear Physician or Radiologist who has special training in amyloid imaging and extensive experience with brain PET/CT.

Oceanic Molecular at Hollywood has been involved with PET/CT studies for Alzheimer’s research in conjunction with The Australian Alzheimer’s Research Foundation (formerly the McCusker Foundation for Alzheimer’s Disease Research) since 2010.

Amyloid PET/CT scans have been offered to the public outside of research in the Eastern States of Australia but this is the first time that patients in WA will have access to this scan in the clinical non-research setting.
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Winter is coming....

Coughs and colds will be on the increase.
Pneumonia can be very difficult to differentiate from the flu and the common cold.
In winter, doctors may see many flu patients, all with the same symptoms.
Chest imaging is the only sure way to reliably diagnose pneumonia.
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I am delighted to announce that nearly 300 of our staff participated in April’s inaugural “steps toward better health program” to raise awareness of our philanthropic trust, the PerthRadClinic Foundation and the Harry Perkins Institute for Medical Research.

Our staff fundraised $13,343 for the Foundation and the Foundation has donated 1 cent for the daily average steps recorded through the month representing a total of $28,000. These funds will be distributed to the four research teams that featured in our fundraising campaign.

They are:
• The Laing Laboratory for muscle diseases in newborns
• Cancer research team
• Research teams involved in heart disease and stroke
• Diabetes research team

Not only did our staff participate in the daily 10,000 step challenge, they also organised fundraising events at many of our clinics including raffles, morning teas, hampers and fundraising walks.

I’m very proud with how motivated our staff were in their uptake and participation in this month long event and I look forward to seeing it grow from strength to strength in coming years.

Dr Martin Blake
Chairman of the Partnership
Perth Radiological Clinic.
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Ovarian cancer has the lowest survival rate of all gynaecologic cancers, and is characterised around the world by a lack of awareness of symptoms and late stage diagnosis.

On this day, ovarian cancer organizations from around the world unite to educate their communities about ovarian cancer and its symptoms. For women living with the disease, and their families and friends, World Ovarian Cancer Day has built, and will continue to build a sense of solidarity in the fight against the disease.

There is currently no reliable screening test for ovarian cancer.
If you have signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer, your doctor should perform, or refer you for a:

- Complete pelvic exam
- Transvaginal or pelvic ultrasound
- CA-125 blood test

Symptoms of ovarian cancer can often be confused with other less serious conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders.

Symptoms of ovarian cancer include:
- Increased abdominal size / persistent bloating (not bloating that comes and goes)
- Difficulty eating/feeling full quickly
- Abdominal or pelvic pain
- Needing to pass urine more urgently or more frequently

Perth Radiological Clinic performs transvaginal and pelvic ultrasound examinations at most clinics across our network. Please visit our website for details.

www.perthradclinic.com.au
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The work at the Laing Laboratory has helped families all round the world know the cause of their children's muscle problems. They are now researching possible treatments for diseases where we have identified the genes, while at the same time continuing work to find other genes for muscle diseases. The Laboratory's reputation means that they receive samples for analysis from all round the world. The Laboratory is thus playing a leading role in a worldwide consortium of groups working towards defeating these diseases.

Help us help them. Donate today --> foundation.perthradclinic.com.au
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The Perkins diabetes group is part of the world-wide Type 1 Diabetes Genetics Consortium, and is leading collaborative networks across Australia and the Asia-Pacific region in assembling resources to identify the genes which affect the risk of developing Type 1 Diabetes. They also study animal models of Type 2 Diabetes and diabetes complications and their work has resulted in the identification of genes affecting each form of diabetes in both humans and mice. The group is now investigating ways that can restore the ability to produce insulin by developing stem cell treatments.

Help us help them! Donate today --> foundation.perthradclinic.com.au
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Perth Radiological Clinic is proud to be involved in many clinical research trials in Western Australia, including vital brain research into Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and neurological diseases in children. MRI is a very important tool in these trials and our team has unparalleled experience in using MRI to aid research.
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