MRI Wollongong

MRI Wollongong

MRI Scans in Wollongong, Warrawong and Corrimal

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of medical imaging used to take detailed images of the body. This imaging technique makes it possible for doctors to diagnose conditions by providing a detailed view of the inside of the body. MRI scans are most commonly used to detect abnormalities in soft tissues like ligaments, muscles, blood vessels, and organs. Unlike other imaging technologies such as X-rays or CT scans, MRIs do not involve any radiation exposure. Instead, they create highly detailed images of the internal structures in your body.

 

What is an MRI Scan?

An MRI scan is a non-invasive procedure that uses powerful magnets and radio waves to create high-resolution images of organs and other structures in your body. The powerful magnets generate a strong magnetic field around your body which causes the hydrogen protons in your body to align themselves with the external magnetic field.

When short bursts of radio waves are sent through your body, your protons are stimulated and spin out of equilibrium with the external magnetic field, when the radio pulse is turned off the protons realign with the external magnetic field by releasing energy which is detected by a computerised device known as a receiver coil. The receiver coil then sends the data from these signals back to the computer which creates detailed cross-sectional images of your organs or other structures in your body.

 

​What Happens During an MRI Scan?

You will be placed inside a large round machine, where the magnetic field is created. During this process, you may hear loud tapping or buzzing noises as the magnetic field changes; however, these noises should not be loud enough to disturb you too much if you’re wearing earplugs or headphones. You may also experience slight discomfort due to lying still during the procedure; however, most people find this quite tolerable given that it only lasts for 15-30 minutes on average.

 

Preparation before an MRI

Before undergoing an MRI scan, it’s important to be properly prepared. Generally speaking, you’ll need to wear loose clothing without any metal fasteners such as zippers or buttons because they can interfere with the magnetic field generated by the machine. You’ll also need to remove all jewellery before entering the scanning room and may even be asked to change into special clothing provided by the facility if necessary. Additionally, if you have any implanted medical devices such as pacemakers or hearing aids, you’ll need to inform the staff member recording the scan so that they can determine whether or not it’s safe for you to undergo an MRI scan.

What if I am claustrophobic?

If claustrophobia is a concern, please speak with your GP as they can prescribe you an appropriate sedative medication to take prior to the scan. Please be aware we are not able to fully sedate patients. The prescribed medication is just something to help calm nerves and help you relax during the scan. If this medication is taken, please have someone bring you to the appointment or at the very least be able to collect you after.

​The technicians can hear you and talk to you throughout the scan, and you also have a buzzer to alert staff if you are feeling too claustrophobic and want to end the scan.

​DID YOU KNOW – our magnet is a wide bore which makes it less claustrophobic.

How long does a MRI scan take?

Scan time can vary depending on the body part being scanned. Average scans last for 20-30 minutes, but some can be as quick as 10 minutes.

Are MRI Scans safe?

An MRI scan is a painless radiology technique that has the advantage of avoiding x-ray radiation exposure. There are no known side effects of an MRI scan. Sometimes to contribute to the detail of the scan an injection of contrast dye (gadolinium) is needed, which is a highlighting agent, to make images more clearer for the radiologist to report. A reaction to the dye is very rare but can occur in varied degrees.

If you have any surgical implants, it is essential that you inform our staff at the time of booking, as some devices are not MRI-safe.

This can include: pacemakers, heart valves, aneurysm clips or coils, vascular stents, ear implants, surgical pumps or stimulators, metal pins/plates/screws.

If you are pregnant, please also inform staff and your GP, so appropriate precautions can be advised before making a decision about proceeding.

Our Machine

The SIGNA™ Architect is a state-of- the-art imaging solution that combines the advancements in MR technology with GE Healthcare’s intuitive engineering.

High Resolution Imaging

  • 48 channel head coil

Optimal Patient Comfort

  • 70cm wide gantry
  • Ideal for claustrophobic patients and patients with high BMI
  • Very quiet scanning

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of many types of medical imaging techniques used by doctors for diagnosis, treatment planning, and monitoring treatment progress. An MRI allows doctors to view detailed scans of organs or other structures within your body without needing invasive surgery or radiation exposure.

If you require an MRI scan Wollongong, please call our friendly staff and book an appointment with Wollongong Diagnostics.

If you have any questions regarding charges or would like to know more information, please contact our friendly staff on admin@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or corrimal@wollongongdiagnostics.com.au or call us on (02) 4249 2710.