Darwin X-Ray, Ultrasound, Medical Imaging Services

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Our GE Optima 360 MRI system will be operational in April 2013 and we look forward to making this service available to all residents of the Territory. We will be offering CNS, abdominal and musculoskeletal imaging with this 1.5 Tesla unit as well as shoulder and hip arthrography.

What is a MRI?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a medical scan used to diagnose and treat medical conditions. MRI is unique in that it uses a strong magnetic field and radiofrequency pulses to produce high quality diagnostic images and can be utilised for examining any part of the body with excellent detail.

How long does it take?

The typical examination takes 20 minutes to complete however this varies depending on the area examined, please speak to our friendly staff for more detailed information for your specific scan.

Is it safe?

MRI is considered a safe modality and like ultrasound, MRI uses no ionising radiation. However, as a powerful magnetic field is involved, it is important that no ferrous metallic objects are present in the room.  This can include jewellery, watches, credit cards, hearing aids, pins, metal zippers and similar metallic items, removable dental work, pens, pocket knives, eyeglasses and body piercings.

Is there any special preparation?

You may be required to change into a gown for the procedure. A detailed screening form needs to be completed before undertaking a MRI scan as there are several potential risks that need to be identified, these include:

Please inform the technologist if you have any of the above listed items.

What to bring to your appointment

When attending for your appointment, you will need to bring the following items with you:

While this information is designed to be as informative as possible, it is very brief in nature and should not replace the advice or guidance of your doctor or preferred healthcare professional.