St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

Video of patient experience in MRI 

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio frequency waves to produce images of internal organs. MRI does not use x-rays or ionising radiation at all. Sometimes injection of intravenous contrast called gadolinium is required for which we require your written consent. This is not an iodine based contrast.

MRI can be used to provide excellent structural soft tissue detail. For this reason it is often the imaging choice for the brain, spine, spinal cord and joints. These images provide important information which will help determine your diagnosis and treatment.

MRI is a complementary modality to mammography and ultrasound used for further investigation of breast cancer, especially in young women, those with dense glandular breast tissue and surveillance of high risk patients.

It is also complementary to CT and Ultrasound for assessment of organs in the abdomen such as kidneys, liver and pancreas.

MRI is playing an important role in the assessment of uterine and rectal cancers. Prior to your scan we will ask you to complete a safety questionnaire and sign a consent form. Details of any allergies, medications and your medical and surgical history must be disclosed. If you are pregnant or are breastfeeding you must advise our staff.

MRI scans may not be able to be performed on patients who have a Cardiac pacemaker, a neurostimulator or aneurysm clips. Patients with other medical implants such as Cochlear implant, heart valves, stents or grafts in arteries will need to be assessed prior to having an MRI.

Siemens MAGNETOM 1.5T Aera Open Bore MRI

Our 1.5T wide bore MRI system is built with patient comfort in mind. The Open Bore design (70cm opening) helps reduce the closed in feeling of traditional MRI systems and the super-short bore (145cm) allows for many exams to be performed with your head outside of the scanner. In addition to putting patients at greater ease, the increased bore size accommodates a diverse array of patients including larger patients. It is also more flexible for neurological and musculoskeletal patient positioning and allows patients with special requirements to be accommodated including patients with limited mobility, elderly patients, and ICU patients who depend on medical equipment accompanying them for the procedure.

The MRI room is spacious and to further enhance the patient experience, we have installed sky ceiling and wall panels for a pleasant outlook during their examination.

MAGNETOM Aera's advanced technology allows for more efficient, personalised examinations tailored to your body type and specific needs, producing high quality image outcomes for both a less stressful MRI experience and a more confident diagnosis.

Siemens MAGNETOM 3T Verio Open Bore MRI

Our 3T MRI system also has wide bore technology for increased patient comfort and flexibility. Its MRI room is equipped with both external windows plus a sky ceiling for a pleasant outlook during their examination.

The benefits of the 3T MR imaging include its ability to scan higher image resolution for more detailed images or faster scanning if required. Imaging at the 3 Tesla higher magnetic field strength also enables a host of specialised neurological and musculoskeletal techniques such as cerebral perfusion, diffusion tensor imaging, and molecular techniques for quantitative cartilage analysis (dGEMRIC, T2 mapping).

MRI Patient Information brochure

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