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Familiar face in Radiology hangs up the vest after 46yrs

30 July 2021

From Cadet Radiographer to Assistant Director, long standing Princess Alexandra Hospital Radiographer, Tim Way, will be retiring from his post next month.

After a 46-year career at PAH, Tim has seen the department grow from plain x-rays on cassette to hosting one of the state’s first public CT scanners, first MRI scanner and now, Queensland’s only combined PET CT and PET MRI Service.

“As computer technology developed, so did the imaging technology that was available in the clinical setting so we benefited from major advances in the field every five or so years,” said Tim, reflecting on his time in the extraordinary age of computers in healthcare.

“I took a great interest in angiography and digital subtraction angiography and was able to focus on that as it advanced,” he said.

Had it not been for family members, his life may have taken a very different path.

“I was studying accounting at the time and looking for a different challenge.

“One of my sisters, a Registered Nurse in the Coronary Care Department at PAH, suggested I look at radiography as there were cadetships going and, clearly, I never looked back.”

Since 1974, Tim has spent time working across the state and networking with colleagues around the world, finding, learning and sharing his insights into the latest technologies and advancements in the field.

“I am very grateful to have been a part of some of the biggest advancements in radiography here at the PAH.

“We began to grow significantly from about 1985 when the first MRI was introduced.

“Initially, we all rotated through most of the modalities such as MRI, CT, Angio and Nuclear Medicine until they each became so advanced, they required a dedicated team leader in each area.

“In 1988, I took a lead role in setting up the Digital Subtraction Angiography (DSA) Suites. Today, DSA has evolved into the “game changing modality”: Vascular and Interventional Radiology.” he said.

In his 46 years within the department, Tim has seen the hospital and its facilities grow considerably, especially during the momentous transition in 2001 to the hospital that we know today.

“I was able to play a role in the design and development of the Radiology Department as it stands.

“Today, images are available almost immediately whereas in the past it took around 10 minutes for them to reconstruct then reformat: the efficiency now is incredible,” he said.

“It’s been a wonderful journey in the advancement of patient care.”

Thank you, Tim, for your service and congratulations on your retirement on 6 August!

Last updated 30 July 2021
Last reviewed 30 July 2021

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