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2017 AMSIG Meeting attracts record number of attendees in Melbourne.

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Melbourne Radiology Clinic’s Radiologists Dr George Koulouris and Dr Tim Dickson were the Scientific Convenors of the 21st Annual Scientific Meeting of the Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (AMSIG) held on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th May 2017 at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne.

AMSIG is a radiological special interest group dedicated to furthering the field of musculoskeletal research. The theme of this year’s meeting being “Foot & Ankle Imaging”. The scientific program covered a multitude of topics on imaging and treatment of forefoot pathology, calf strains, ankle syndesmosis injuries, popliteal artery entrapment syndrome as well as foot and ankle nerve pathology and tumours. The 2017 meeting achieved a record number of delegates: inexcess of 370 and was well attended by clinicians, including orthopaedic surgeons, sports physicians, podiatrists and radiologists.

AMSIG Annual Scientific Meeting - Melbourne May 2017
Dr Tim Dickson presenting original scientific research on “Mid-tarsal sprain injuries
 
 

2017 AMSIG Annual Scientific Meeting Convenors, 6-7 May: Foot & Ankle Imaging

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Melbourne Radiology Clinic’s Radiologists Dr George Koulouris and Dr Tim Dickson are the Scientific Convenors of the 2017 AMSIG Annual Meeting to be held in Melbourne.

AMSIG 2017 - Foot and Ankle Imaging - Melbourne May 6-7

The Australasian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group (AMSIG) Annual Scientific Meeting is the principal event in Australia and New Zealand for musculoskeletal radiologists. The 2017 meeting will be held on Saturday and Sunday 6th and 7th May 2017 at the Crown Promenade Hotel in Melbourne with the meeting theme of “Foot and Ankle”.

The conference is open to both AMSIG members and non-members with the invitation extended to all radiologists, sports medicine physicians, radiographers/sonographers, podiatrists and physiotherapists.

The scientific program will cover a multitude of topics on imaging and treatment of forefoot pathology, calf strains, ankle syndesmosis injuries, popliteal artery entrapment syndrome as well as foot and ankle nerve pathology and tumours.


VISIT: melbourne2017.amsig.org/

 
 

MuscleTech Network Workshop - Football Club Barcelona (FCB), October 2016

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Melbourne Radiology Clinic's Dr George Koulouris recently attended and presented at the 8th MuscleTech Network Workshop, held in Barça, Barcelona during October 3-4 2016 as a member of the Invited faculty.

MuscleTech Network Workshop - Auditorium1899 at Camp Nou Stadium of Football Club Barcelona


The eighth edition of MuscleTech Network Workshop, co-organized by Leitat Technological Center, Aspetar, FCBarcelona Medical Services and FIFA Medical Centre of Excellence was held on October 3-4 2016 in the Auditorium1899 at Camp Nou Stadium of Football Club Barcelona.

This year the workshop: “Quadriceps Muscle Injuries: From research to clinical practice” was attended by renowned researchers worldwide.

Dr George Koulouris was invited to present on the topic: "MR Imaging of the Quadriceps Muscle Complex (QMC)"

Dr George Koulouris - Invited presenter at the MuscleTech Network Workshop, Barcelona


MuscleTech Network Meeting Background - Barça:

This 2016, Aspetar, FC Barcelona and Leitat have been working to gather one of the most international specialists and scientific panel on Quadriceps Muscle Injuries for two days in the 8th Muscletech Network Workshop. Once again, this forum aims to be the communication and dissemination platform to discuss and to get the public interested in medical research results and their application to clinical practice for the treatment of muscle and tendon injuries. Speakers, Chairmen and attendees are sport medicine specialists. They analyze, explore and reveal, for two days, new ways to enhance cooperation between groups of hospital and university research.

View Website: http://muscletechnetwork.org

 
 

Melbourne Radiology's Comprehensive Online Resource Dedicated To MR Imaging.

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Introducing our New Website: www.mri.melbourne

MRI.Melbourne is our dedicated resource for MRI imaging, created to assist both our patients and referrers. This new website includes detailed MRI Patient Guides and Appointment Information for Patients including our New Online Quick Appointment Request as well as comprehensive MRI Imaging Galleries, Case Studies and MRI Referral Information developed to assist all clinicians.

VISIT: http://www.mri.melbourne
www.mri.melbourne - Melbourne Radiology's website resource dedicated to MRI Scans
 
 

Regeneration: Stem cell injections in vanguard of football’s medical revolution

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Herald Sun, May 11, 2015

Stem cells and blood therapies are at the leading edge of medical treatments in the AFL

Stem cell injections in vanguard of football’s medical revolution.

Download PDF of Full Article VIEW PDF of full article: Regeneration: Stem cell injections in vanguard of football’s medical revolution
Eliza Sewell, Herald Sun, 11/05/2015


Excerpt:
Dr George Koulouris from Melbourne Radiology Clinic has treated 10 AFL players with their own tendon cells during the past five years. The procedure, which developer Orthocell says is a stem-cell application, costs $3500 and is used mainly for knee and hamstring injuries. A piece of healthy tendon is taken from a patient with the cells multiplied and injected into the injured tendon. “We’ve had some very good results, in elite and sub-elite players as well and also in patients who are just your average punter,” Koulouris said. “We’re often treating the worst of the worst, those who haven’t responded to other things and we’re still getting good results with them — 70 to 80 per cent success rate.” Dr Koulouris said the use of tendon cells differed from fat-derived therapies. “It’s safer to use the tendon cell than the fat cell because what you’re using is the end product,” he said. “You’re using the same cell. Using fat cells, the potential risk is you don’t have any control over what type of tissue that they’ll form. That’s the worry with it ."

The Science Behind Stem Cells Explained

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Download PDF of Full Article VIEW PDF of full article: Clubs turning to radicaltherapy
Eliza Sewell, Herald Sun, 11/05/2015

 
 

Listen and learn: Music for the Brain

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The Age - Kathy Evans - Feb 8 2014 Cognition: Listen to music and learn

The Age, Kath Evans, February 8, 2014

We now have the technology and expertise to measure the effects on the brain.

Read the Article in The Age.

 
 

Channel 9NEWS reports on ATI

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A Breakthrough in the Treatment of Sport's Injuries

Perth Researcher's have made a breakthrough in the treatment of sport's injuries. A trial using cultivated tendon cells to treat conditions like tennis elbow is bringing promising results.

Channel 9NEWS: Tracey Voe Reports on an Injury Breakthrough using Autologous Tenocyte Therapy / Implantation
September 26 /27 2013


[The following is a transcript of the broadcast segment produced by Channel 9News.]

Perth researchers have made a breakthrough in the treatment of sports injuries. A trial using cultivated tendon cells to treat conditions like tennis elbow is bringing promising results.

For more than a year simple daily tasks were difficult for Amanda Redwood.

“It’s quite a sharp pain in my elbow, really every time I moved it. Cooking was hard. Riding a bike. Playing games with my children.”

The 45 year old mother had exhausted all avenues to treat tennis elbow in her right arm. For the last decade researches at UWA have worked on cultivating healthy tendon cells from human tissue. Tiny cells are taken from the knee and over six weeks rapidly multiply. They are then injected back into the affected area.

Paul Anderson (Orthocell):  We’ve treated seven different anatomical sites from Achilles tendinopathy. Very common is also gluteal tendinopathy of the hip, tennis elbow, golfers elbow.

Thousands of cells are taken from healthy tendon tissue cultivated into the millions. Each vile carries five million cells. After an injection patients are seeing signs of improvement within weeks.

Prof Ming Hao Zheng: “This is considered to be one of the first trial in the world”.

More than 200 patients have been treated including dozens of AFL players. While a bigger trial is being conducted involving overseas patients the treatment is available in Australia by referral through a specialist.


For more information read:
Melbourne Radiology Clinic - Autologous Tenocyte Therapy / Implantation

For more information read:
Melbourne Radiology Clinic - Autologous Tenocyte Therapy / Implantation PATIENT FACT SHEET

 
 

New Paediatric MRI Items for GP requested scans

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New Medicare Rebate Items for GP requested Paediatric MRI Scans

New GP MRI items

As of 1 November 2012, six new GP magnetic resonance imaging requesting items for children under the age of 16 years will commence.

The items can be requested by GPs only and performed at all Medicare-eligible and partially Medicare-eligible MRI units across Australia.

  • Medicare Rebated Paediatric MRI Scans for 6 selected items requested by GPs
    - now available at Melbourne Radiology Clinic using our Wide Bore MRI Unit.

VIEW PDF of Full Article VIEW PDF - Radiology Update:
Outline of Paediatric MRI services which will be bulk billed at Melbourne Radiology Clinic


Improving access to Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) services

The Australian Government supports access to high quality health care services, including MRI services, for all Australians. The Diagnostic Imaging Reform Package will ensure ongoing, affordable and convenient diagnostic imaging services for patients, with a key focus on the staged expansion of patient access to Medicare-eligible MRI services.

Improving access to Medicare-eligible MRI items:

The Package includes increased access to MRI services for primary care patients by extending requesting rights to GPs for all patients under 16 years for a small set of clinically appropriate indications from 1 November 2012.

Extending MRI requesting rights to GPs is aimed at avoiding exposure of children to unnecessary radiation associated with other types of diagnostic imaging like computed tomography (CT) scans.

Six GP MRI requested items for patients under the age of 16 were developed with the assistance of an Expert Working Group which was established to provide advice to the department on the appropriate indications for the proposed new items. These items and explanatory notes can be found at www.mbsonline.gov.au.

Health Insurance (Diagnostic Imaging Services Table) 2012 Regulations – MRI Expansion
Subject to the passage of legislation on 1 November 2012, the measure introduces six new GP requested MRI items for children under the age of 16 years for the following indications:

  • scan of the head for certain indications
  • the spine for unexplained neck or back pain
  • the knee for internal joint derangement
  • the hip for certain indications
  • the elbow
  • the wrist.

Item 63507

Referral by a medical practitioner (excluding a specialist or consultant physician) for a scan of head for any of the following:

  • Unexplained seizure(s)
  • Unexplained headache where significant pathology is suspected
  • Paranasal sinus pathology which has not responded to conservative therapy

Item 63510

Referral by a medical practitioner (excluding a specialist or consultant physician) for a scan of spine following radiographic examination for any of the following:

  • Significant trauma
  • Unexplained neck or back pain with associated neurological signs
  • Unexplained back pain where significant pathology is suspected

Item 63513

Referral by a medical practitioner (excluding a specialist or consultant physician) for a scan of knee following radiographic examination for internal joint derangement.

Item 63516

Referral by a medical practitioner (excluding a specialist or consultant physician) for a scan of hip following radiographic examination for any of the following:

  • Suspected septic arthritis
  • Suspected slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • Suspected Perthes disease

Item 63519

Referral by a medical practitioner (excluding a specialist or consultant physician) for a scan of elbow following radiographic examination where a significant fracture or avulsion injury is suspected that will change management.

Item 63522

Referral by a medical practitioner (excluding a specialist or consultant physician) for a scan of wrist following radiographic examination where scaphoid fracture is suspected.


Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the details for the Medicare MRI items?
Details of the item descriptors and explanatory notes can be found at mbsonline.gov.au

Can these items also be requested by a specialist?
No, these items are restricted to request only be medical practitioners excluding specialist or consultant physician. If requested by a specialist or consultant physician a Medicare rebate will not apply. Specialist and consultant physicians can currently request equivalent Medicare-eligible MRI services.

Are patients that are 16 years of age eligible for these items?
No, the patient must be under the age of 16 years on the day the service is performed, not on the day the service is requested.

When will GP requested items be available for adults?
Under the Diagnostic Imaging Reform package a limited number of GP requested items will be extended to adults from 1 November 2013, subject to development and use of appropriate decisions support tools.

Where can I get further information?
Further information can be obtained from www.mbsonline.gov.au.

If a request is dated pre 1 November 2012 is it eligible?
Yes. GP requests dated prior to 1 November 2012 will be Medicare-eligible as long as the service is performed from 1 November 2012.

 
 

Breakthrough treatment for golfer's elbow

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Australian Golf Digest

"The treatment involves extracting cells from a healthy tendon, multiplying them in a laboratory and injecting them back into the damaged tendon one month later."

Download PDF of Full Article VIEW PDF of full article: Joint effort - Breakthrough Treatment for Golfer's Elbow, Australian Golf Digest.

Australian Golf Digest Jan 2012

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Dr George Koulouris speaks with 3AW Football - Podcast

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LISTEN: 3AW Football - Interview December 21, 2011

Radiologist Dr George Koulouris speaks with 3AW Football's Gerard Healy and Dwayne Russell about stem cell treatment for tendon injuries in response to the news that Greater Western Sydney GIANTS will send the club’s number one draft pick Jonathon Patton to Europe for treatment on his knee ahead of the 2012 AFL Premiership Season.

GIANTS’ Sports Science Manager John Quinn said Patton would travel to Stockholm in January to visit a world leading specialist to receive further treatment for patellar tendinopathy in his left knee.

 
 

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