New prostate biopsy
imaging system for
Dr Peter Chong utilising the bkFusion system
The Ramsay Way 2018 | 04 7
Lake Macquarie Private Hospital has become
the first site in Australia to benefit from the use
of a new prostate biopsy imaging system.
The bkFusion system fuses real-time ultrasound images
with pre-exam MRI data to help accurately target lesions,
potentially reducing the risk of missing high-grade tumours.
This advancement in visualisation assists the urologist in
guiding the biopsy needle during prostate biopsies; the
images can also be easily communicated to radiology
Urologists Dr Paul Ainsworth, Dr Peter Chong and
Dr Martin White have already been trained in the use
of the bkFusion system at Lake Macquarie Private Hospital.
Dr Chong said the technology “allows radiologists to mark
areas of concern and these areas can then be translated
to ultrasound images. The urologist can then target areas
of interest in the prostate.”
Transperineal biopsy is the gold standard and has been
shown to reduce infection risk, while also reducing the
chance of repeat biopsies.
Continued advances in ultrasound technology help
urologists to offer high-quality treatment plans to
New milestone as Northside Group
Macarthur Clinic expands
Northside Group Macarthur Clinic has celebrated its fifth anniversary of providing outstanding mental
health care to the community of Greater Western Sydney and Southern Highlands.
Hollywood unveils operating
theatres of the future
Leading edge technology is being introduced at Hollywood Private
Hospital to help surgeons better distinguish between ligaments,
muscles, tissues and other minute structures in the body.
With four times the resolution currently used in most
operating theatres in Australia, Hollywood’s new $20 million
fully integrated ultra-high definition operating theatres will
provide more detailed images.
The new technology will give surgeons and their theatre
teams increased diagnostic confidence, as well as greater
precision and accuracy, enhancing patient safety.
Hollywood Chief Executive Officer, Peter Mott, said the
hospital’s expanded operating theatre complex takes the
total number of theatres at Hollywood from 16 to 20 and
makes it the largest private theatre complex in Western
Australia and one of the largest in the country.
Mr Mott said Hollywood had doubled its surgical capacity in
just four years, and is the largest private hospital in WA by
“While it’s great to be the biggest, what matters the most
is the quality of service we provide to the 75,000 West
Australians who entrust
their care to us
Hollywood Ear, Nose
and Throat surgeon, Dr Steve Rodrigues, said
the ultra-high definition technology had many
“This new technology results in an unmatched
degree of precision allowing for improved
efficiency and safety,” he said. “The imaging
is much more advanced and means the whole
team can see more detailed images from pretty
much anywhere in the operating theatre,”
Dr Rodrigues said.
Dr Rodrigues said the benefits in terms
of communication, education and overall
efficiency could not be underestimated.
Since opening its doors in 2013, the number of visiting
medical officers onsite has increased from three to 10.
The 34 bed facility provides specialised inpatient and
day patient mental health programs including anxiety,
depression relapse prevention, and Dialectical Behaviour
Macarthur Clinic is currently undergoing an exciting
expansion to accommodate the needs of the region's
Northside Group CEO Anne Mortimer said, “The expansion
will transform the clinic into a 48 bed facility, with all single
private rooms, and is the only mental health facility in the
“Construction is moving along rapidly and we are excited to
see the new wing is beginning to take shape.”
The clinic has been designed to encapsulate the vision
of providing an innovative, holistic treatment centre that
caters to the specific needs of people suffering from mental
health disorders as well as those in the community who are
committed to their mental health and wellness.
The clinic offers the Northside Group Four Pillar Program
to Health and Recovery which has been successful in
rehabilitating thousands of patients since its launch, by
focusing on a patient’s psychological, physical, nutritional
and social health.
“This outstanding facility embodies the latest thinking in
program delivery, therapy and nutrition and supports an
approach to health by offering a well-rounded program
addressing medical, psychological and counselling,
psychosocial, recreational, physical and diversional
interventions,” Ms Mortimer said.
Operating Suites Clinical Nurse Specialist Jan Rigby, Operating Suites Clinical
Nurse Manager Mary-Anne Wolf, enrolled nurse / anaesthetic technician
Sharon Wyllie, Deputy Director of Clinical Services Pat Whalley, Clinical Nurse
Manager Suzanne Thompson, Operations Executive Manager (WA & SA hospitals)
Kevin Cass-Ryall and Sterile Supply Department Team Leader Zaklina Negri
CEO Anne Mortimer and Macarthur Clinic staff celebrate the site’s fifth birthday
ENT surgeon, Mr Steve Rodrigues, points
out advantages of the new technology