Queensland Diagnostic Imaging radiographer Kate Annakin with the new MRI machine in the building that was once occupied by Westrad on Limestone St until devastated by the 2011 flood.
Queensland Diagnostic Imaging radiographer Kate Annakin with the new MRI machine in the building that was once occupied by Westrad on Limestone St until devastated by the 2011 flood. Rob Williams

New start at flooded clinic

WHILE the 2011 floods ultimately spelled the end of an Ipswich radiography clinic, it didn't take too long for the void to be filled.

Westrad lost millions of dollars of equipment and suffered significant disruption to its business when water from the Bremer River inundated its Limestone St premises last year.

Although insurance would not cover the damage, the company bravely rebuilt - albeit without its MRI and CT scanning machines - and re-opened its doors only three months after the disaster.

It survived another 10 months, but the devastating financial blow the company took from the floods proved too much, and Westrad went into voluntary receivership in February this year.

It was at this point that another radiology specialist, Queensland Diagnostic Imaging (QDI), snatched at an opportunity to expand its operations in the Ipswich area.

Currently based around the corner in Churchill St, QDI was on the hunt for a building large enough to provide improved services.

QDI state manager Steve Zappia said although it was sad that Westrad had shut down, the good news for Ipswich people was that they would now have access to more services than before.

"What we see in this is really a consolidation of the services that Westrad was offering before the flood," Mr Zappia said.

"We had no space to provide MRI at Churchill St, so this much larger space on Limestone St was what we were looking for."

QDI has been running the centre under a licence agreement since March 16 this year.

Millions of dollars worth of new equipment - including the new MRI machine - has been installed and is currently undergoing testing before it is used on real patients.

QDI's Churchill St premises will close permanently in September or October this year, but by then the new Limestone St location will be offering a full list of services including plain film and dental x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI and nuclear medicine.



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