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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a specialised imaging technology which provides detailed images of the body using a powerful magnetic field combined with low energy radio-frequency waves (RF) to create high definition images of the tissues of the body. Unlike CT and x-Rays, MRI does not use any ionising radiation.
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Harbour Radiology offers state of the art MRI imaging at multiple locations, including North Sydney, Hoxton Park and Pymble.

All our MRIs are Siemens Wide bore. The magnets at North Sydney and Hoxton Park are 1.5 Tesla and the magnet at Pymble is 3 Tesla.

All our MRIs now have the latest imaging processing and deep resolve artificial intelligence software which significantly reduces the scan time and improves image quality.

Complete and comprehensive MRI imaging is available, including: musculoskeletal MRI (such as Knee, Hip, Ankle, Foot, Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder, Hand MRIs), Spine MRI, Brain MRI, body imaging MRIs (such as Liver, pancreas, renal) and more specialised MRIs including Prostate MRI and MRI Enterography.

Images are acquired by MRI trained radiographers and are reported by our specialist and subspecialist trained Radiologists.

Frequently Asked Questions

Harbour Radiology has invested in a ’state-of-the-art 3T (3 Tesla) and 1.5T SIEMENS MRIs which offers in-scan entertainment, noise reduction technology and a wide bore for optimal in-scan comfort. Our MRI use latest SIEMENS patented Artificial Intelligence image enhancement to produce the highest-possible image detail.

We offer comprehensive musculoskeletal and body imaging MRI services at competitive rates. Our services include full range of musculoskeletal MRIs, body MRIs (such as liver, pancreas, renal, adrenal), MR enterography, multiparamteric Prostate MRI, anal MRI (to assess for anal fistula) and tumour staging MRIs ( such as rectal cancer or cervical cancer staging). These exams are performed by highly trained MR radiographers and are supervised and reported by our highly trained specialised Radiologists.

All our MRI machines are wide-bore Siemens, some of the largest in the market, making it a suitable option for claustrophobic patients.

MRI scan times at Harbour Radiology vary, for complex or multi- region scans it can take up to 30 minutes but other scans can be as short as 10 minutes.

In some cases an injection of MRI contrast dye (Gadolinium) may be required. This gives a higher level of detail in certain clinical situations. Contrast dye may be injected intravenously, sometimes it is injected directly into a particular joint (MRI arthrography) to allow optimal visualisation of fine ligaments and joint cartilage.

One of our experienced team members will explain what is involved for your MRI scan. You will be given a Questionnaire to complete, this gives us essential information about your medical history, allergies and any surgeries involving metal implants.

Depending on the area being scanned you may be asked to change into a gown.

Please advise our staff if you are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.

The MRI machine has a very powerful magnet which generates a strong magnetic field – this means that metal objects can not be taken into the scan room as they could be rapidly dislodged by the magnetic field or heat up, which could be potentially dangerous.

You will be asked to remove any metal objects on your person including earrings and other piercings, phones, watches, keys, coins necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery.

Please advise our staff if you have or think you might have any metal implants, prostheses, aneurysm coils or clips inside your body.

In order to provide our patients with the most advanced MRI technology we charge a subsidised out of pocket fee for our MRI services. For most MRIs the fee vary between $250 to $290 per region whilst some of the more complex or subspecialised exams attract higher fee. Please contact our reception staff (email, call, make online booking or send us a message) and we will provide you with a quote prior to the exam.

Important: Please notify our staff if you have ever had any metal injuries to your eye or if you have any of the following: Cardiac pacemaker or defibrillator, cochlear implants, metal clips on arteries and implanted devices.

Please bring your request form from your referring practitioner to your appointment.

Please remember to bring all previous X-rays and imaging reports with you to your appointment.

Locations where this service is available

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