Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI scans use a strong magnetic field and low energy radio waves to create high resolution images of selected anatomy. It highlights any relevant pathology or injury present with exquisite and precise detail.

This technology does not use ionising radiation (x-ray) and is considered to be very safe for patients, especially those requiring multiple follow up studies. Qscan MRI scanners use the latest available state of the art technology to produce world class MR imaging quality.

The MRI machine appears similar to a large tube in shape with a short tunnel through the centre. The noise produced by MRI scanners is very loud, so hearing protection is provided.

An emergency alarm is also available during the scan to alert the radiographer should you need any assistance.

MRI uses a strong magnetic field which is considered to be safe for patients. At the time of booking and on arrival, you will be asked to complete a safety questionnaire to ensure it is safe for you to have the scan. Patients who have certain metal implants may be at risk of either damage to their implant or themselves. Many metal implants have been tested and are safe to enter the room however some are very dangerous (eg. pace makers).

The safety questionnaire is a critical part of your preparation for any MRI scan and you will be asked at multiple stages during your booking and preparation to ensure you are safe to enter the room. Please be patient in answering these questions as your safety is paramount at Qscan.

In most cases there is no other special preparation for an MRI scan. For some specific scan applications, you may be asked to follow special instructions eg. restrict food and drink for 4-6 hours before your scan.

If required, a staff member will advise you of this at the time of booking.

You will be given a full explanation of the procedure by the Qscan MRI Radiographer performing your examination. Please ask questions if you have any queries during this process. Most people’s experience will depend on the region being scanned, so the time required and set up process may vary from patient to patient.

The MRI machine looks like a large tube that has both ends open. You will be asked to lie down on a movable table that slides into the opening. You will be monitored from our console room through a window where you can talk with the Radiographer by microphone between scans.

The procedure is painless. The region of interest to be scanned will have an antennae placed around it and this area will move to the center of the MRI machine. You will hear a loud rhythmic array of sounds which will vary in time from 2-4 minutes at a time. Ear protection will be provided prior to the exam starting.

It is important that we can have you feeling comfortable, calm and relaxed to ensure you can remain still and get the best quality exam possible. If you are worried about feeling claustrophobic inside the MRI machine, talk to your referring doctor beforehand. You may receive a sedative before the scan (if needed).

You will be required to lie down on a table and an antennae (used to receive the image signal from your body), will be placed around the region of interest. This region will be moved to the centre of the MRI scanner for the duration of the scan. You will be asked to remain as still as possible in order to achieve maximum quality of the images produced.

Most regions of the body should take up to 20-25 minutes once you have been prepared and set up. If you have multiple regions to be scanned, you will be repositioned with the antennae around the new region of interest and the process begins again.

In some cases, a contrast material called gadolinium may be injected through an intravenous (IV) line into a vein in your hand or arm. This contrast material is used to help enhance the appearance of blood flow details during the examination.

Metal objects such as watches, keys, coins and jewellery cannot be taken into the MRI room. This is because the powerful magnet can cause these objects to be pulled with great force or heat up causing potentially serious damage to yourself.

The MRI magnet will also erase any cards with magnetic strips, such as your bank or credit cards, and damage most electronic/mechanical devices such as phones, watches etc. Jewellery made of conductive materials is at risk of heating. If your jewellery cannot be removed (eg. rings), some precautions can be taken however it is best to wear as little jewellery as possible when you arrive.

If you wear clothing with metal studs or clips, you will be asked to change into one of our gowns for your own safety. Some examinations may also require you to wear a gown to allow the MRI Radiographer to capture the best images.

Most regions of the body should take up to 20-25 minutes once you have been prepared and positioned however a MRI can last up to 1 hour or more if multiple regions are requested. The duration of your MRI will be confirmed at the time of your booking.

It is also important that you are as comfortable as possible. This will ensure that you remain calm and stay very still during the examination as any movement can result in blurry images.

MRI itself has no known harmful effects, but is not recommended during pregnancy unless under special circumstances. Contrast injections are not advised during pregnancy/breast feeding unless specifically required. These potential risks will be discussed if necessary.

The cost of your MRI scan depends on a number of factors, including the type of scan that your doctor has requested, how many regions of the body require imaging, the duration time for the scan as well as the specialty of your referring doctor.

Our Customer Service Team will be able to advise you of all costs involved with your MRI scan including any out of pocket cost.

Images obtained from your scan are digitally recorded. At Qscan, a subspecialty trained Radiologist interprets the images obtained and provides a report for your doctor within 24 hours.

Reports and images will be available electronically via the Qscan MyResults Patient Access app and web portal 7 days after your report has been processed.  If required, films are available for collection or delivery to your referring practitioner.  You may need to make a follow up appointment to discuss the results with your referring practitioner.


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07 4960 4940

07 3144 5623

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07 3547 8000

07 3262 1690

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110 Giles Street, Kingston ACT, Australia

02 6126 5000

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Level 2, Xavier Building Calvary Hospital Bruce ACT

02 6126 5050

02 6251 6624

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02 6126 5070

02 6247 7192

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08 9500 8950

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07 3357 0361

07 3010 5791

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1 Bunker Road, Victoria Point, QLD, 4165, Australia

07 3207 0511

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07 3863 3907

07 3863 2358

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456 South Pine Road, Everton Park, Queensland, Australia

07 3355 4422

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1300 66 XRAY(9729)

02 6686 4693

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07 3357 0922

07 3283 4277

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12 Bayshore Dr, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

1300 66 XRAY(9729)

02 6685 8786

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142 Newmarket Road, Windsor, Queensland, Australia

07 3357 0333

07 3357 0300

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02 6662 5077

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Gold Coast, 2 Classic Way, Burleigh Waters, Queensland, Australia

07 5587 6333

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02 8423 2700

02 9410 0244

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Q Super Centre, Mermaid Waters, Queensland, Australia

07 5526 6500

07 5526 1764

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1300 66 XRAY(9729)

02 6622 1534

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07 5503 3433

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137 Fitzroy Street, Grafton, New South Wales, Australia

02 6604 2400

02 6643 2306

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02 6603 2800

02 6645 3788


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20 Dalley St, East Lismore NSW 2480, Australia

1300 66 XRAY(9729)

02 6625 9367

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Ryde Library, 1 Pope Street, Ryde, New South Wales, Australia

02 9813 2500

02 9809 2890

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North Hobart

3 Burnett Street, North Hobart TAS 7000, Australia

03 6240 2300

03 6240 2301

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Parkwood Village, 76-122 Napper Rd, Parkwood, QLD, 4214, Australia

(07) 5631 7200

(07) 5631 7222

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Red Hill

81 Fulcher Road, Red Hill QLD, Australia

07 3547 8080

07 3547 8414

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