Falling under our range of Diagnostic Imaging and Interventional radiology services, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetic fields to produce an image of the body. It uses no ionising radiation.
It provides exquisite detail of the brain, spine, vascular and musculoskeletal systems.
Our advanced 3T MRI systems provides major benefits to patients:
- The wide bore allows imaging of larger patients markedly reducing anxiety and claustrophobia
- High quality MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiography or Imaging of blood vessels) may reduce the need for patients to have contrast injections.
- 80% of the body can be scanned feet first, reducing patient anxiety
MRI Requesting Rights for GPs
As part of the Australian Government’s MRI Expansion, General Practitioners (GPs) are able to refer patients for a small set of clinically appropriate MRI indications. These clinical indications are catergorised under – “Patients under the age of 16” and “Patients 16 years and older”.
MRI Services include:
- Musculoskeletal Joints including T2 Mapping of knees and hips
- Spinal and Neuro-radiology
- Orthopaedics Replacement planning scans
- Small Bowel
- Breast (Wagga only)
When you arrive for your appointment you may be asked to change into a gown. All your valuables will be locked in a secure locker as nothing can go into the scan room with you. The MRI machine is shaped like a big ring or donut. You will be asked to lie on the MRI table which is then moved into the ‘tunnel’ of the machine. If you are uncomfortable with small spaces, please discuss this with our staff. When you are in the MRI the MRI operator will be in the next room behind a glass window. The MRI operator will be able to see you and communicate with you at all times, so please ask any questions you may have or voice any concerns you may have. A coil is used to collect information which is placed on the body part being imaged.
In the majority of cases, no preparation is required for a scan. You will be advised of any specific instructions at the time you make your appointment. You may be required to undergo an x-ray if you have had an implant, pacemaker or have been a metal worker.
The scan will take approximately 30 minutes. Your appointment time includes arriving 10 minutes earlier to complete our MRI safety questionnaire.
In some cases, you will be given an injection of a dye (contrast) which shows up on the images as being very bright. This allows the radiologist to see some functions of your organs or blood flow more clearly. During other scans, your heart rate may need to be monitored by leads placed on your chest or finger.
MRI does not emit ionising radiation. The MRI uses radiofrequency and a very powerful magnet to produce images. You will be asked if you have any metal implants, a pacemaker, or have ever done metalwork. Due to the magnetic field, there can be a danger of harm should your metallic implants not be able to be scanned, or electronic devices may be interfered with. Very few people experience an allergic reaction to contrast.
The report from our Radiologist will be forwarded to your doctor within 24hours. If there are any urgent findings, our Radiologist will notify your referring doctor immediately.