Celebrating 10 Years

On Saturday night Synergy Radiology had its Annual Christmas Party on Sydney Harbour. But this year’s festivities also marked something significant- Synergy also celebrated its 10 year anniversary!

Staff from all sites, reporting radiologists and the Synergy Radiology partners; Dr Tej Dugal, Dr Pradnya Dugal, Dr John Ly, Dr Brian Lam, Dr Craig Harris, Dr John Ly and Dr Melvin Chew and their families got together for an evening of fine dining, dancing and laughs while watching the sunset over Sydney Harbour on the Starship Sydney.

In 2007, Synergy Radiology established themselves with the opening of Norwest Medical Imaging in Bella Vista. Since then, with the hard work and commitment from all the staff, the business has grown to include multiple sites in Sydney’s Inner West and Norwest regions, with its newest site Lakemba Medical Imaging opening just last month.

Over the years Synergy Radiology has developed a trusting relationship with referring practitioners from all over Sydney and have been recognised as one of the state’s most comprehensive medical imaging services, with Norwest Medical Imaging being announced as winners of the Best Health Improvement Service 2017 at the Local Business Awards.

Despite reaching the milestone Synergy Radiology is not looking to rest on its laurels but instead entering into their second decade has further cemented their commitment to offering more people a higher standard of quality services and care than ever before.

Summer’s Severe Weather Warning

With Summer officially beginning last week, Australia has now entered the Severe Weather Season (SWS).

Meteorologist’s are helping us prepare this year, as strong global climate indicators have predicted another warmer than average severe weather season with an increased risk of bushfires, heatwaves and severe thunderstorms.

So even on the sunniest of mornings, be sure to pack your umbrella just in case of a late afternoon storm!

The Bureau of Meteorology have released a Climate Outlook Overview which compares the past few summer months to the upcoming summer climate of 2017/2018.

  • The summer (December to February) rainfall outlook, issued 30 November 2017, shows no strong swing towards a wetter or drier conditions for most of Australia.
  • December is likely to be wetter than average for southeast Australia, extending up into southwest Queensland.
  • Summer daytime temperatures are likely to be warmer than average.
  • Summer nights are likely to be warmer than average.

This end-of-month Climate and Water Outlook video covers rainfall, streamflow and temperature for the next three months. It includes a wrap-up of recent conditions and a look at which drivers are influencing the climate.


The Benefits of a Healthy Christmas

With the holiday season quickly approaching, food is everywhere! From festive Christmas parties to dinners and catch-ups with family and friends, this time of year certainly tends to centre around food! This is why that this time of year is often accompanied with a few extra kilograms or a few bouts of abdominal pain, caused by overeating.

The reason that we get that uncomfortable feeling of tummy pain after a big meal is quite obvious- When the stomach is overloaded, food takes longer to digest. Therefore the food stays in the stomach longer and leads to bloating and constipation.

With normal sized meals, food is broken up into small pockets and moved through the intestines in waves of contracting and relaxing, contracting and relaxing. But, when the stomach is overloaded it is forced to move too much into the intestines at once. The intestines are jammed, like a traffic jam, and hardly anything moves. This causes weary muscles, and a longer transit time.

As a result of this longer transit time, more water is extracted from the stool, and therefore it becomes dry and compact, making elimination painful.

Below is a guide to help avoid abdominal discomfort and weight gain this holiday season: Continue reading

Travel and Thrombosis

Planning on travelling overseas this coming holiday season? Don’t forget to pack your compression socks to avoid Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT).


What is DVT?

DVT happens when a blood clot forms in a deep vein somewhere in the body. It is most common in the deep veins of your lower leg (calf), and can be very serious.

There is evidence that long-haul flights (lasting over four hours or over 4000 kms) can increase your risk of developing DVT. The risk is mainly the result of sitting down for long periods of time, which can happen during any form of long-distance travel, whether by car, bus, train or air.



Many of the blood clots that cause DVT are small and don’t produce any symptoms. Your body will usually be able to gradually break them down with no long-term effects.

Larger clots can partly or completely block the blood flow in your vein and cause symptoms such as:

  • Swelling of the affected leg.
  • Pain and tenderness in the affected leg
  • Difficulty standing and weight bearing on the affected leg.
  • A change in the colour of your skin; for example, redness
  • Skin that feels warm or hot to the touch.

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Have you noticed the amount of luscious and groomed moustaches making an appearance on men’s faces around your hometown this November? These “moed-up” Men might be taking part in “Movember”, which is a men’s health initiative that helps to raise money to support Men’s Health on a global scale..

This annual charity event takes place across the month of November. It encourages men to grow a moustache, to help raise funds and awareness for men’s health projects.

Movember targets the most prominent health issues faced by men: prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.

The Movember Foundation has one primary goal- to stop men dying too young. Continue reading