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MRI

What is an MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, which is an innovative method of imaging parts of the body. Images are captured by using a combination of radio waves and strong magnets to provide detailed image for the radiologist to assess.

Preparation before an MRI

Sometimes MRI scans require an injection of Gadolinium, which is a contrast dye. This is a highlighting agent, which helps the enhancement of certain structures in the body. If the contrast is required, the receptionist will inform you at the time of booking.

Please remove jewellery or piercings before the scan, as the metal can interfere with the image quality and in some circumstances heat up in the scanner.

If you have had prior imaging with another radiology practice, please bring all reports and images for comparison purposes, or notify staff so they can follow this up before the appointment.

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’s 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

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.