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MRI Safety

The MRI machine uses a large magnet and radio waves to generate images of your body. Unlike CT and xrays, MRI does not use ionising radiation.

Prior to having an MRI we will ask you to complete an MRI safety questionnaire.

Our staff will need to ask you questions about your medical history and previous operations. Some metal implants such as pacemakers, defibrillators, cochlear implants, neurostimulators or some aneurysm clips can cause you injury if you go into the scanner and you may not be able to have a MRI scan. Some patients who have had an accident where metal has gone into their eyes may require an x-ray of their eyes before they can safely have a MRI scan.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or think you could be pregnant – please notify our staff before your appointment. These things may also affect whether or not you can have a MRI scan.

If you have kidney disease or allergies you may not be able to have a contrast medium injection (contrast is not necessary for all types of examinations).

If there is anything at all you are unsure about - please call our staff on 02 9557 1464.

If you are feeling concerned or anxious about your scan, please let us know ahead of time. Most patients don't have any trouble at all having a MRI scan - but if you are concerned, let us know - arrangements can be made to help you.