Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Radiology Victoria is home to one of the most advanced clinical 3T MRI units in Victoria.
MRI examinations are not covered by Medicare at Radiology Victoria. Our private fee is $290* ($250* for pensioners and HCC holders) for a single region scan. There is no additional fee for contrast injections if required.
*T&Cs apply and fees may vary depending on the body region being examined. Please call 03 9297 8300 to confirm the precise fee.
We also offer MRI scans for patients with cardiac pacemakers.
How should I prepare for an MRI?
There is usually no preparation for an MRI, however, for certain abdominal examinations you may be asked to fast before your scan. Radiology Victoria staff will inform you of any requirements when you make your booking.
Our wide-bore machine is designed to maximise patient comfort, with most examinations able to be performed feet-first into the machine
At the time of booking, it is also important to tell us if you have any metallic devices or surgical implants inside your body. If you have any of the following it may not be safe for you to be scanned:
- cardiac pacemaker
- cerebral aneurysm clips
- cochlear implant
- mechanical infusion pump
- metal in your eyes (from previous welding or grinding)
In preparation for your MRI
- continue to take any medication as normal
- do not wear eye makeup or jewellery on the day of your appointment
- fax/email your referral to Radiology Victoria
On the day of your appointment
Radiology Victoria's friendly staff will greet you on arrival and ask you to complete an MRI safety questionnaire.
Our MRI radiographer will meet you at reception, and take you through to the MRI department where you will be instructed to change into a gown and to remove all metal objects including jewellery/watches and purses/wallets. A locker will be provided for your valuables.
It is important to tell your MRI radiographer if you have any metallic devices or surgical implants.
The radiographer will escort you to the MRI room where you will be asked to lay on the examination table. A small 'coil' (special device) may be placed on your body.
You must remain as still as possible during the scan, which will take about 15-25 minutes. There will be breaks between sequences and you may be instructed to hold your breath for certain abdominal scans.
Throughout the procedure, you will be able to communicate directly with the radiographer, who will monitor the study through a glass window from an adjacent room.
Our low-noise machines are quieter than most. You will be given headphones to minimise noise and will have the option to listen to music of your choice.
For some scans, you may need an injection of a contrast agent to increase the accuracy of your result. This will be injected into your arm.
How long will the scan take?
The scan time will vary depending on the area being examined, but most scans take 15 to 25 minutes.
After your MRI, you can dress, collect your belongings and report to reception. Your study will be available to view electronically by your doctor and you can also request access to your pictures on our RV Patient App. The radiologist will produce a report, sent directly to your GP or specialist. Please contact your referring doctor to discuss your results.