We have a strong reputation as leaders in MRI. Our experienced radiologists are strongly committed to education, research and fellowship training. Our MRI fellowship program is highly sought after by radiologists from around Australia and New Zealand.
Our radiologists have an enormous depth of knowledge in all MRI subspecialties ensuring that we always have the appropriate doctor to read your scans.
MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a non-invasive medical test that clinicians use to diagnose and treat certain conditions. MRI uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio waves to produce detailed images of organs and structures inside the body.
A great advantage of MRI is that it doesn’t use ionising radiation (x-rays) and provides very detailed information on structures that may not be seen as well on x-ray, ultrasound or CT.
MRI or magnetic resonance imaging has revolutionised medical imaging. It images protons in the water molecules in our body that act like tiny magnets. MRI uses magnetic fields and incredibly sensitive coils to detect changes in the protons after application of magnetic fields. As such, the scans can provide exquisite detail of most parts of the body. As with the evolution of computers, MRI scans have reduced in time and increased significantly in resolution allowing us to detect extremely subtle abnormalities. MRI uses no radiation and as such is safe for all ages. MRI complements our other imaging tools such as x-ray, ultrasound and CT.
The MRI unit is shaped like a short tube, open at both ends and is brightly lit. The patient lies in its centre on a moveable table. The body part being imaged is placed centrally within the tunnel and a receiving device or coil is placed on or around that part. The scanner can be noisy and earplugs and headphones are used. The scans vary in length from 15 – 45 minutes. An experienced technician will be in regular communication throughout the study. If you need to talk to us, the MRI team will give you a buzzer. Despite the earplugs you will hear rhythmic electrical sounds and may feel vibrations, all of which are normal. You may feel some warmth in the area being scanned. It is important that you remain as still as possible during the study so we can obtain the best possible scans.
Once completed, your study is sent to our specialist MRI radiologists for interpretation and reporting.
You will be required to complete a safety questionnaire on arrival, and our team will discuss any previous surgery, implants or electronic or magnetic devices with you. We may need documentation identifying the make and model of a device, so please let us know at the time of booking and bring any relevant documents with you. If you have a history of kidney disease or have had a liver transplant, please ensure that you bring any recent blood test results. If you do not understand English, you will need to bring a support person to help you interpret.
Generally, MRI does not require any preparation. You will be advised upon booking if your particular examination requires you to fast or to arrive early. Otherwise, eat and drink normally and take all your regular medication.
In some cases, an injection of contrast dye will be recommended. The contrast helps visualise blood vessels and other internal organs. Our specialist Radiologist will determine whether an injection of contrast will be required.
The report from our radiologist will be forwarded to your doctor as soon as possible. If there are any urgent findings, a radiologist will notify your referring doctor immediately.
Please advise us if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding.
Please advise us of any medications you are taking. They may affect the timing of your appointment.
Please advise us of any allergies.