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Before your appointment

Some MRI procedures have specific patient preparation requirements. This usually involves fasting for a set period. If there is specific preparation you need to follow, we will let you know when you make your appointment. 

Metal foreign bodies in the eyes can also prevent scanning. If you have ever had an injury to your eyes involving metal, please inform our staff. You may need to have an x-ray of your eyes to ensure no residual metal fragment is present.

Please ensure you bring your referral, Medicare card and any previous films with you to your appointment.

Next step

On the day of your appointment: 

 When you arrive at our practice the reception team will register you for your procedure.

A MRI technologist will greet you, explain the procedure and gather specific clinical information, which will assist with your results, and enable us to perform the scan as accurately as possible.

On arrival you will be asked a series of in-depth safety questions to ensure it is safe for you to have this scan. It’s important that you answer these questions correctly.

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Scan and procedure specifics

Before you enter the MRI room, you will asked to changed into a gown and remove all metallic objects.

You will be positioned on our MRI table (see background image) and some MRI coils will be placed around the part of your body to be imaged. The table will then slide into the MRI scanner and the test will begin.

The MRI can be noisy and you will be given headphones to help block out the noise. Our scanner has the ability to play music through the headphones, so you are welcome to bring some music with you to the MRI examination.

During the scan it is important to stay very still because MRI scans are very susceptible to motion.

Next step

Sometimes your scan may require an injection of gadolinium (a contrast dye). Gadolinium is very safe and should not affect you once you leave the MRI department.

You may feel a warm sensation during the scan, which is normal. If anything during your test concerns you please inform the radiographer immediately.

MRI scan times are variable, typically ranging from 20 minutes to one hour. Our staff will let you know how long it will take when you book your appointment.

Metal foreign bodies in the eyes can also prevent scanning. If you have ever had an injury to your eyes involving metal, please inform our staff. You may need to have an x-ray of your eyes to ensure no residual metal fragment is present.

Your report and images

Your report and images

Once your images are complete, we process them using our computer. This allows us to provide clear images to assist in your diagnosis. Our doctor will complete the report and make the images available to your doctor.

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