Patients - Safety

Radiation Safetly

Radiation

MMI values the safety and well-being of our patients, and an important part of MMI’s safety policy is the protection against ionizing radiation. Our approach to radiation protection is that doses should be kept as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA), but should not compromise image quality.

MMI’s quality assurance policies include continual review of scanning protocols, training of imaging technicians to reduce radiation doses, and regular testing of diagnostic equipment. MMI is also registered with the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) in NSW and ACT Radiation Council and complies with the Radiation Control Act 1990 established by the EPA.

It is important to know that the total benefits received from a diagnostic scan far outweigh any potential biological effects of exposure. Prior to your scan, you will be asked about your medical history to determine if you have any known allergies, are taking any medication, or are pregnant. If MMI’s radiologists feel the scan is inappropriate for you, they will discuss other possible diagnostic tests with your treating doctor.

Infection Control

It is often difficult to tell when somebody has been infected with a disease because it can take several months before symptoms are present. The good news is the risk of contracting infections in health care facilities is actually very low and can be easily avoided with good hygiene practices, proper protection and other standard precautions.

Our standard infection control precautions include:

  • Frequent hand washing
  • The use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, eye protection, masks, aprons, gowns and overalls
  • The safe use and disposal of sharp instruments, such as needles and syringes
  • Correct cleaning, disinfection and sterilization of non-disposable equipment
  • Safe collection, storage and disposal of medical waste
  • The appropriate use of cleaning agents
  • Protocols for preventing and managing occupational exposures to blood or body substances.