What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced diagnostic imaging technique that uses a powerful magnet and radiofrequencies to produce high resolution 3D images of the body. Unlike many other imaging tests, MRI does not use radiation.
Preparation for MRI scan
When making your appointment, our reception staff will inform you if there is any preparation required. Most MRI scans will not require any preparations, so patients are allowed to eat and drink as normal and take any usual medications. Particular scans of the bowel and abdomen may require fasting, which our reception staff will explain when making your appointment.
As the MRI uses a powerful magnet, you will be asked to remove all piercings, jewellery and watches, along with any clothing containing metal zips, button or clips, as these will not permitted in the scan room.
What happens during my MRI scan?
During the MRI scan you will be asked to lay on the MRI bed. For some examinations, a light-weight device known as a coil will be place over the area being scanned which is used to create an image. The MRI bed will move you into the scanner, so the area being scanned is in the middle. The scanner is will lit and always remains open at both ends.
As the scan starts you will hear a series of loud noises and vibrations of the machine collecting data and taking the scan. The technicians will provide you with earplugs or headphones with music playing and keep in contact with you during the scan. It is very important to remain still during your MRI in order to obtain the best possible images.
How Long will my MRI take?
Typically most MRI scans take between 20-30min depending on the type of scan you are having. Some scans can take up to an hour and a half if multiple areas are being examined. Our Radiographers will keep in constant communications with you to ensure you are comfortable and keep you up to date with the progress of the scan.
Who performs the MRI?
The MRI scans are performed by a qualified Radiographer. They have completed tertiary education and are registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
Who reports the MRI scans?
Once the scan is complete, they will be viewed by our Radiologists (a medical doctor with specialist credentialing and qualifications from the Royal Australian and New Zealand Collage of Radiologists RANZCR). The Radiologist will then prepare a written report for you doctor. This report should be received within 1-2 working days. If you have a doctors appointment already scheduled, please let our staff know so we can ensure the report is sent to you doctor prior to you appointment.