St Vincent's Clinic Medical Imaging & Nuclear Medicine
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MRI - Magnetic Resonance Imaging

What you need to do and how to prepare for the test

  • Fax your referral to the specialised booking staff at SVCMI on 8382 6507
  • Our booking staff will advise you of any special preparations required at the time of booking your appointment
  • Advise booking staff if you are pregnant or breast feeding at this time
  • Continue to take your medication unless otherwise advised
  • Bring any previous relevant imaging with you

What will happen when I have my MRI done

  • Once you have completed your safety questionnaire that covers your specific medical and surgical history you will be required to sign a consent form
  • You will then be asked to change into a gown
  • You may require an intravenous contrast injection and we will ask you to sign a further consent form
  • A specialised coil, a device specifically designed to read the MR signal, will be placed on or around the body part being scanned
  • You will lie on the MRI table which will move into position prior to scanning
  • A loud sound of varying intensity will be heard during the scan.  You will be given earplugs before the scan begins to help reduce the noise
  • The radiographic staff will speak with you throughout the scan through a two-way microphone system.  You will also be given a buzzer

Your report and images

  • A report will either be sent back to your referring doctor or you may be asked to return to collect them once they have been reported
  • Digital copies of all studies are stored on our PACS (Picture Archiving & Communication System) for comparison with any future examinations
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