Meet our team
Within GVIG, we have a team of over one hundred expert staff including radiologists, sonographers, radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists, and friendly nurses plus dedicated administrative and support personnel.
Our five principal radiologists are also GVIG partners. They each are registered to practice medicine by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All are Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) and have advanced sub-specialty training in areas of diagnostic imaging and interventional radiology. This means that the physicians interpreting your radiology examinations are nationally recognised radiologic technologists and imaging experts in their respective fields, including:
- Musculoskeletal Radiology
- Abdominal Radiology
- Breast Radiology
- Vascular Radiology
- Cardiovascular Radiology
- Paediatric Radiology
- Nuclear Medicine
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- Cardiac Imaging and cardiac arteries assessment.
In addition to our principal radiologists, GVIG also has a number of Associate Radiologists who are either Fellows of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (FRANZCR) or are currently in the process of obtaining their FRANZCR fellowship.
Who is a Radiographer?
A radiographer or medical imaging technologist is a trained health professional who performs medical imaging by producing high quality X-ray pictures or images used to diagnose and treat injury or disease. It is an important part of medicine and a patient’s diagnosis and treatment is often dependent on the X-ray images produced.
Radiographers need considerable knowledge of technology, anatomy and physiology and pathology to carry out their work
Who is a Sonographer?
A sonographer is a health professional who has undertaken post graduate studies in ultrasound at an accredited institution, or who has been assessed as competent by the Australasian Sonographer Accreditation Registry (ASAR). Sonographers perform ultrasound scans on many different areas of the body for many different clinical reasons. Ultrasound has widespread uses and is one of the most commonly requested types of medical imaging tests.
As of 1st November 2001 the Department of Health and Ageing (DHA) required that “Sonographers performing ultrasounds on behalf of medical practitioners must be suitably qualified”. In Australia, suitably qualified sonographers are known as Accredited Medical Sonographers (AMS). They are highly qualified and responsible for the recording and initial interpretation of the ultrasound images produced. To maintain accreditation, sonographers must commit to ongoing education to ensure they keep pace with the high skill levels required in the rapidly changing field of ultrasound.
Who is a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?
Nuclear medicine technologists are University trained health professionals and are an integral part of the medical community. They work in partnership with medical and nursing professionals to deliver healthcare to the general community. Nuclear medicine differs from other diagnostic imaging technologies because it determines the presence of disease on the basis of metabolic changes rather than changes in organ structure.
The Health Act (1958) requires that all persons operating or using ionising radiation apparatus or radioactive substances must hold either an appropriate licence issued by the Radiation Safety Program or be registered with the Medical Radiation Practitioners Board. In order to be eligible for registration a person must possess the relevant qualifications, and have the necessary experience. All GVIG nuclear medicine staff are appropriately qualified and have current registration.
Who is a Radiologic Nurse?
We employ a small team of nurses who provide for the physical, mental and emotional needs of the patient who is undergoing tests or treatment in our radiology sites. The radiologic nurse usually explains the procedures and later, assists with recuperation when necessary from procedures. This may include involving members of the patient’s family.
The nurse can perform examinations, or carry out health measures, within the prescribed guidelines and instructions of the radiologist. In addition, our nurses can record physician findings and discuss cases with either the radiologist or other health care professionals. Our nurses often assist during examinations and treatment. Our radiologic nurses have graduated from an accredited nursing school, have passed national licensing examinations, and hold current registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Dr Graham Miller
Dr Graham Miller is a diagnostic and interventional radiologist.
He attained a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in 1974, a MBBS (Honours) in 1980, and has a Cert. Av. Med. He also had a long association with University of Melbourne as a senior lecturer involved in medical student and registrar training. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Physics, Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, Australian Sonographers Association, Interventional Radiologists Society of Australia, Australian Musculoskeletal Imaging Group and the Australian Society of Aerospace Medicine.
Dr Prue Neerhut
Dr Prudence Neerhut has an MBBS from the University of Melbourne in 1982 and a Bachelor of Medical Science (Radiology) from the University of Melbourne in 1985. After completing her radiology training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital she worked at St Mary’s Hospital in London prior to returning to the Royal Melbourne Hospital as a Consultant Radiologist where she worked for thirteen years.
Having developed an interest in Breast Imaging at the Royal Melbourne and North Western BreastScreen, where she was Chief Radiologist she moved to Shepparton where she works as a general radiologist with a special interest in breast imaging. She is a member of the American Roentgen Society and the Australian Sonographers Association.
Dr James Wong
Dr James Kum Loong Wong has a MBBS from Melbourne University in 1987, and attained a Master of Medicine (Radiology) from Melbourne University in 1997.
Dr Wong specialises in musculo-skeletal radiology, interventional radiology, cardiac imaging and assessments, and quality assurance in radiology. Dr Wong is the Radiologist-in-Charge at Echuca Health, Echuca. He is a member of the Australian Society of Ultrasound in Medicine, Interventional Radiology Society of Australia, American Roentgen Ray Society, and the Australian Medical Association and has registration with the Medical Council of Hong Kong.
Dr Amit Lakkaraju
Dr Amit Lakkaraju has an MBBS from Andhra Medical College, India in 2000. After doing 5 years of orthopaedic training and gaining the MRCS part 2, he went on to do radiology and obtained his FRCR from Leeds in 2009 . He completed two musculoskeletal fellowships, the first from Leeds and the second from Liverpool. He has completed a postgraduate certificate in medical education from the University of Leeds (2009). Dr Lakkaraju joined GVIG in May 2011 as an Associate Radiologist.
Dr Lakkaraju specializes in all aspects of musculoskeletal radiology with a special interest in musculoskeletal ultrasound, sports imaging and musculoskeletal and spinal intervention. He also has interests in all aspects of MRI and in teaching. He has given a number of presentations and authored papers predominantly in the field of musculoskeletal radiology.
Dr Inoka Karunarathna
Dr Inoka Karunarathna has been practising radiology in Australia since 2009. Having completed her medical degree (MBBS) at the University Of Peradeniya Sri Lanka, Inoka went on to specialist training in Radiology and successfully obtained the Doctor Of Radiology(MD) from University of Colombo Sri Lanka in 2008. In 2009/10 Inoka completed her fellowship training at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
In 2011/12 she further sub – specialised in MRI at the Flinders Medical Centre South Australia. Her special interest lies in the area of Body and Neuro MRI imaging.
Dr Ian Alexander
After graduating from the University of Melbourne (MBBS) in 1972 with honours, Dr Ian Anthony Alexander trained at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, in radiology. He subsequently became a nuclear medicine specialist, and attained a FRANZCR Gold Medal for Australasia in 1982. Dr Alexander joined GVIG in 1993.
Dr Alexander has an Ultrasound Fellowship from the University of California and is member of the Ultrasound Fellowship UCSF, and specialises in interventional radiology. Dr Alexander is a consultant radiologist and also provides continuing education of general practitioners and professional development for RACGP Fellowship exams.
Dr Pramudi Neelapriyantha
Dr Pramudi (MBBS, MD Radiology, FRANZCR) has spent over 10 years studying Radiology both internationally and within Australia. In addition to this, she has over 12 years clinical experience in surgery and medicine. She worked as a senior medical officer at Rathnapura General hospital for one year and as a senior medical officer in a cardiothoracic unit for 6 years in the National Hospital in Sri Lanka prior to pursuing Radiology.
Pramudi was selected from highly competitive exam to do the Radiology course conducted by the Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo. She was trained in General Hospital Kandy and Peradeniya two of the best teaching hospitals in Sri Lanka. She gained experience and skills in general, paediatric and obstetrics, chest and Gynaecological imaging. Since migrating to Australia, she has worked in numerous hospitals and private practices across Australia and has attended many local and international conferences and workshops.
Dr Pramudi has achieved qualifications in:MBBS – Medical Faculty, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka in 1993, MD Radiology – Post Graduate Institute of Medicine, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka 2004
Dr Pramudi enjoys all aspects of radiology as it allows her to apply her clinical experience and radiology knowledge for the diagnosis in the clinical setting ensuring patients receive the appropriate treatment and management.
Dr Stewart Begg
Dr Begg has completed a MB Ch.B from the Aberdeen University School of Medicine, Scotland in 1967 and his DMRD in London 1971. He worked as a General practitioner in Scotland before moving to Australia. Dr Begg completed his FRACR at the Alfred Hospital before moving to Goulburn Valley Imaging Shepparton in 1986.
Dr Begg had a long involvement with the University of Melbourne first tutoring and then lecturing its students.
Stavros Dodos- General Manager
Stavros has over 25 years of clinical and management experience in both the public and private Australian radiology industry.
Originally from Perth, Western Australia, Stavros studied as a radiographer and sonographer before moving to Victoria where he joined Goulburn Valley Imaging Group in 2000 and continued with his business studies.
Stavros and his family have been active community members for the past 16 years in Kyabram, regional Victoria.
With local focus, knowledge and passion, Stavros is regularly involved at clinical level throughout regional Victoria to ensure staff and community needs are meet.