New Medicare rebate item and change to existing rebate item

Changes to existing items from 1/11/2022

Liver MRI (item 63545)

MRI—multiphase scans of liver (including delayed imaging, if performed) with a contrast agent, for staging where surgical resection or interventional techniques are under consideration to treat any liver metastases detected, if:

(a) the patient has a confirmed extra‑hepatic primary malignancy (other than hepatocellular carcinoma), with no persistent extra‑hepatic disease; and

(b) computed tomography of the patient’s liver is negative or inconclusive for metastatic disease; and

(c) the identification of liver metastases would change the patient’s treatment planning

Applicable not more than once in a 12 month period. 

 

New item from 1/11/2022

Pelvic MRI (item 63563)

MRI – scan of the pelvis or abdomen, if the request for the scan identifies that the investigation is for:

(a)    Sub-fertility that requires one or more of the following:

(i)       An investigation of suspected Mullerian duct anomaly seen in pelvic ultrasound or hysterosalpingogram;

(ii)      An assessment of uterine mass identified on pelvic ultrasound before consideration of surgery;

(iii)     An investigation of recurrent implantation failure in IVF (2 or more embryo transfer cycles without viable pregnancy); or

(b)    Surgical planning of a patient with known or suspected deep endometriosis involving the bowel, bladder or ureter (or any combination of the bowel, bladder or ureter), where the results of pelvic ultrasound are inconclusive

Applicable not more than once in a 2 year period.

Successful ARGANZ 2022 meeting

The ARGANZ 2022 meeting was run successfully as a hybrid event over the weekend.  It was a pleasure to see many onsite at the ICC in Sydney for a day of workshops and the 2 day meeting.  We had approx. 380 registered delegates, with over 130 attending in person.  

Inspiring lectures from our international faculty were greatly appreciated, and it was wonderful to have Alberto Vargas in Sydney. We also managed to negotiate the last minute COVID quarantining of some speakers. Our local faculty again showed the strength of abdominal imaging in Australia and New Zealand.  All lectures generated conversation and potential practice changing tips. 

Congratulations to Mendleson Research Prize winner, Dr Huey Ming Seah from the Royal Adelaide Hospital for her presentation on "Assessment of a single pass venous phase CT chest, abdomen and pelvis and dual energy CT in general oncology outpatients"  2nd prize was awarded to Dr Arpit Talwar from St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, who presented on "Non-prostate cancer tumours: Incidence on 18F-DCFPyL PSMA PET/CT and uptake characteristics in 1445 patients."

Popular poster vote winner was Dr Xiao Xin Tee from Monash Health, Melbourne for the poster "Non-neoplastic cholangiopathies – A pictorial review".  

At the ARGANZ AGM, Outgoing chair Dr Tom Sutherland announced Dr Jessica Yang as new ARGANZ chair, and we welcomed new members Dr Teng Han Tan (VIC), Dr Dean Rabinowitz (NSW) and Dr Arj Somasundaram (QLD).  A big thank you to retiring treasurer Dr Warwick Thomas for his great contributions to ARGANZ.  Dr Kirsten Gormly was awarded Life membership of ARGANZ in recognition of her significant contributions.  

We look forward to welcoming you to Adelaide in 2023 and offering more online workshops during 2022.  Please follow us social media for regular updates on issues relevant to abdominal radiology.   

Successful 1st ARGANZ Virtual Workshops

ARGANZ is pleased to have successfully run its first virtual workshops, in the lead up to the 2021 Meeting.

This was a great way to bring together speakers and delegates from across Australia and New Zealand in four 1.5 hour topic specific workshops covering Prostate, Rectum, Crohns and GU. The response has been very positive and we will consider running these and other workshop topics in the future.

GESA Consensus Statement

GESA Update

An Australian consensus statement regarding the management of HCC has been released, with a summary published in MJA. ARGANZ has been heavily involved in the process. A link to the full document can be found at here - click link

New Chair

ARGANZ is delighted to announce that A/Prof Tom Sutherland will commence as Chair of ARGANZ on 1st July 2020.

Tom is a radiologist at St Vincent's hospital in Melbourne, with particular interests in CTC, liver and urological imaging. He is actively involved in MSAC applications in these areas and is a strong advocate for abdomino-pelvic imaging.

A Message From Kirsten Gormly

After 3 years as Chair of ARGANZ, Dr Kirsten Gormly ended her term on 30th June.  Watch this short video to hear an update on ARGANZ, her views on the importance of collaboration and what new initiatives are underway.

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