Hunter Radiology is a Newcastle owned private medical imaging centre operated by a team of dedicated and skilled health professionals, all of whom have their areas of specialty. 
Located conveniently in both central Newcastle and Glendale , our practices are equipped with state of the art technology, and employ a range of skilled specialists who deliver many services including X-ray, Ultrasound, Ct scanning and Women’s Health procedures.

Medical procedures can be quite challenging and frightening for patients, who often find themselves in an unknown environment, and who may be anxious and feeling unwell. Our team does its best to provide a positive and encouraging environment of respect and concern for patient comfort and wellbeing.

To make your appointment more convenient and as stress free as possible, we have secure parking provided at the rear of the each building.

All results are finalised and sent to your referring Doctor on the day of your examination.

Our professional specialist team:

Dr. Elizabeth Holt, MBBS, FRANZCR

Elizabeth graduated from Sydney University in 1978. She worked for two years at Concord hospital then travelled to the UK to work in gynaecology and medicine for a year. Six years experience working in emergency, general practice, outback indigenous Australia and a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand somehow lead to the decision to study radiology in Newcastle. After completing the RANZCR fellowship, she spent a year working at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge UK before returning to take a staff specialist radiology position at John Hunter Hospital in 1994. She maintains this position and was a founding partner in Hunter Radiology in 2005.

Elizabeth's special areas of interest are in imaging of the abdomen and pelvis and she is a regular participant in the weekly GI multidisciplinary team meeting at John Hunter.

Dr. Barry Soans, MBBS, MD, FRANZCR

Barry has a wealth of experience gained during 27 years in the radiology field. He has held the positions of Clinical Director of Radiology at Hunter New England Imaging and
Senior Lecturer in Radiology, University of Newcastle. Barry is a Senior Examiner, RANZCR (The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists) which sets, promotes and continuously improves the standards of training and practice in radiology and radiation oncology for the betterment of the people of Australia and New Zealand. Barry’s areas of special interest and expertise are chest and cardiovascular imaging.

Dr. Siva Rajaratnam, MBBS, FRANZCR

Siva is originally from Sri Lanka where he completed school and then four years of study as part of a  medical Degree. After leaving Sri Lanka Siva moved to Sydney where he attended Sydney University from 1990, completing his medical degree in Australia in 1994. Siva's early years were spent training in major Sydney teaching hospitals including Westmead adult hospital, Westmead New Children's hospital and RPAH, as a nuclear medicine registrar for 2 years. 

Siva commenced radiology training in John Hunter hospital in 2000, completing an MRI fellowship and FRANZCR in 2004. Siva is a senior staff specialist at the John Hunter Hospital a role he has performed since 2005. Siva is also an examiner at the college of radiologists RANZCR.

His interests include interventional radiology with special interest in liver, vascular and musculoskeletal procedures, abdominal imaging, cardiac CT and MSK as well as MRI. Siva has 20 years experience in medicine and 14 years in radiology and always worked in large public teaching hospitals.


Dr Jim Lai complated his medical training at Hong Kong University in 1980. He started his radiology training at Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong in 1983. Jim has been praticing as a radiologist since completling his training in 1986. In 1989 Jim decided, with his family to move to Australia. Jim moved to Newcastle to take up a staff specialist position at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital. Jim has a special interest in Breast Imaging and Diagnostic procedures. Dr Lai is the designated radiologist for Hunter New England Breast Screen. Jim is currently a Senior Staff Specialist with the Hunter New England Health Service. Dr LAi is a founding partner of Hunter Radiology.

Opening Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 am — 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday

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Newcastle Practice

1/710 Hunter St · Newcastle West


02 4929 7222

Glendale Practice

334-342 Lake Road · Glendale


02 4940 3800

Salamander Bay Practice

Shop 2, Salamander Bay Shopping Centre
2 Town Centre Circuit, Salamander Bay


02 4980 5500