Dust diseases

Dust disease imaging requires chest x-rays reported to ILO classifications and will often also include high resolution CT scans.
I-MED B Readers - the international standard in dust disease reporting

Only a small number of radiologists in Australia are accredited to report on dust-related examinations, to criteria set by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).

Dust disease in the news

The resurgence in cases of occupational lung disease, in particular silicosis, is gaining increased media attention.

A young man in a factory workshop is surrounded in clouds of dust without proper work safety equipment.
Occupational lung diseases making a comeback

In the past five years, health professionals have noticed a worrying resurgence in Australia of occupational lung disease.

An interview with Dr Catherine Jones, specialist chest radiologist

One of I-MED’s NIOSH accredited B Readers, Dr Catherine Jones MBBS, BSc, FRCR, FRANZCR, talks to Fairfax about the alarming increase in cases of silicosis.

Workers in coal mines, on building sites and in road construction are exposed to many kinds of hazardous dusts.
Occupational lung disease is entirely preventable

Until recently, diseases like pneumoconiosis (which include silicosis and coal mine lung disease) were considered a thing of the past.

Polished artificial stone benchtops are a hugely popular choice for modern kitchens and bathrooms.
Australia's craze for composite stone benchtops

The increased popularity of artificial stone for kitchens and bathrooms has triggered a rise in lung diseases among tradesmen and stoneworkers.

The cutting and shaping of artificial stone can expose workers to toxic silica dust.
Hazardous dust occupations

Workers cutting artificial stone benchtops, along with workers in mining, construction and manufacturing, are the occupations most likely to be exposed to dangerous dust.

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