Radiology Overview

The Department of Radiology undertakes teaching and research across the Royal Melbourne, Western Health, St Vincent’s, Austin and Northern hospital campuses. The Department, led by Professor Tricia Desmond, greatly assisted by our large and valued honorary radiology staff, has a strong focus on clinical research, particularly neuroimaging.

Overview

The Department of Radiology undertakes teaching and research across the Royal Melbourne, Western Health, St Vincent’s, Austin and Northern hospital campuses. The Department, led by Professor Tricia Desmond, greatly assisted by our large and valued honorary radiology staff, has a strong focus on clinical research, particularly neuroimaging.

Main research strengths

Acute stroke

Our research focuses on imaging markers of salvageable tissue in order to help guide treatment choices, and on the place of neurointerventional clot retrieval in acute stroke, in particular whether removing the clot leads to a better patient outcome.

Dementia

We are looking at the role of exercise in slowing the onset of dementia, at identifying imaging changes that can measure the pace of onset and at the overlap between Alzheimer’s disease and vascular disease in the progression of dementia.

Brain tumours

We are working on identifying early imaging changes that can be used to assess response to treatment. This work has the potential to allow more personalised treatment rather than protocol-driven treatments. We are also investigating the place of functional imaging in helping to guide neurosurgical resection of tumours.

Liver disease

Fatty liver is a major health risk and is the most common cause of chronic liver disease, which is very prevalent in Australia due to rising levels of obesity. Led by Professor Gibson, the Abdominal Imaging Research Group is looking into the correlation between radiological and histological characteristics in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Funding

Our major source of funding is the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Collaborators

We have close collaborative links with other departments within The University of Melbourne, and with other universities, institutes and organisations, both nationally and internationally, including Stanford University (USA) and the University of Illinois at Chicago (USA).

Postera Crescam Laude

Department Sections

The Department is based across several campuses of the Melbourne Medical School, all at key hospital sites, as well as conducting academic activities in Medicine at other hospitals.

Departmental sites include: