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3T MRI Gold Coast

Our Philips 3.0T MRI is at the forefront of clinical excellence, providing Diagnostic confidence, premium image quality with digital clarity and speed. We pride ourselves on how our MRI provides patient-centric imaging, from patient set-up to image result.

What is an

An MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is the most sophisticated imaging modality that has revolutionised modern radiology. Mermaid Beach Radiology has an internationally recognised MRI team who specialise in clinical diagnosis, research and education.

An MRI scan uses a strong magnetic field to form superbly detailed views of parts of the body, particularly joints and soft tissue such as the brain, spinal cord and muscles. Unlike other imaging tests, MRI does not use radiation. For this reason, MRI is of particular use in the evaluation of paediatric patients, whose organs are more radiosensitive than adults. MRI is a painless procedure and can take from 5 to 45 minutes to perform depending on the examination requested by your doctor.

Before an

Most MRI examinations require no preparation. You can eat and drink normally before and after the scan. It is important to bring any previous films with you to your appointment. You will be asked to change into a gown and remove all metal objects before your examination.

If you experience symptoms of claustrophobia or are unable to lie flat comfortably, then it is advisable to contact us prior to your appointment. Your doctor may prescribe an oral sedative medication for you to take prior to your MRI appointment.

If you are having an MRI of the abdomen, you will need to fast for four (4) hours prior to the examination.

If you are having an MRI of the head, please do not wear make-up.

Some MRI examinations require an injection of a special intravenous contrast or dye (called Gadolinium). This can provide additional detail on the MRI pictures and is usually injected into a small vein in the elbow or the back of the hand. As with all medications, a very small number of patients may be allergic to the contrast injection. If you have kidney disease, you may not be able to have the contrast injection. Our MRI team will discuss this with you.

After an

After the scan, you can resume normal activities immediately. If you have had a sedative, a friend or relative will need to take you home and you should follow your post-sedation advice provided by your doctor.