The Practice currently runs eight rooms in the metropolitan area, as well as supplying on-site radiology services to Lyell McEwin Hospital, Darwin and Cairns. This provides the doctor partnership with broad radiological experience and exposure to all facets of radiology practice.
The Practice supports education and training, and was instrumental in achieving accreditation for two supervised trainee radiologist positions in Darwin. All radiologists participate in a national industry-led continued professional development program.
The origins of the group can be traced back to the mid 1930's, when Dr John Mayo began practicing in Shell House, North Terrace, Adelaide. The Practice continued a doctor owned venture for many years, later becoming known as Perrett Medical Imaging. During that time the Practice remained at the forefront of medical imaging. Some notable innovations include:
- Introduction of the first whole body CT scanner to private practice in Australia
- First to commence Nuclear Medicine imaging in SA private practice
- Introduction and industry leading expertise in cerebral catheter angiography
- First practice to institute a computerised patient record system
- Early adoption of MRI, first installed in 1990
- Introduction of an interventional radiology service for Darwin
The Perrett practice has a long history of providing radiology services to regional South Australia and beyond, and has over the years worked in Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Pirie and Port Augusta. The group has been working in Darwin since 1995, and introduced interventional radiology to the region, where there was previously no service available.
The radiology landscape changed markedly around the early 2000s, with much corporatisation of previously privately owned radiology Practices. The Perrett group was purchased by Medical Imaging Australia, which subsequently merged with I-MED. In 2005 an opportunity arose for the radiologists to re-establish ownership of the practice, and through this Radiology SA was formed.
The re-energised group has expanded from an original two metropolitan practices to eight, and continues to look for new opportunities. The tradition of service to regional areas has continued, with radiologist input to Wagga Wagga, Griffith and Broken Hill over the years. The doctors remain grateful to many of the staff who have remained loyal to the practice during this period of significant change.
The current Radiology SA group through its broad exposure to both private and public sectors offers its staff a professionally satisfying and rewarding working environment. We are an equal opportunity employer, and continue to offer training opportunities for junior radiologists, medical imaging technologists, nurses and our clerical staff.