Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a scanning procedure that uses strong magnets and radiofrequency pulses to generate signals from the body. These signals are detected by a radio antenna and processed by a computer to create high resolution images of the inside of your body.
Dr Jones & Partners are at the forefront of MRI technology with the latest 3T and 1.5T wide bore MRI systems. Along with our commitment to staff training and safety, you will receive the best possible patient experience.
Dr Jones & Partners has a comprehensive MRI service across South Australia and Alice Springs. The MRI clinic location most suitable for you depends on several factors, including whether you have been referred by a GP or Specialist and the type of MRI procedure requested. Our team will assist you in determining the most suitable and convenient booking for you.
MRI services are available at the following Dr Jones & Partners clinic locations:
St Andrew’s Hospital, Calvary Wakefield Hospital, Kurralta Park, SAHMRI, Stepney, Modbury, Mt Barker Central, Southern Specialist Centre, Whyalla Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital.
In most instances, no special preparation is required for an MRI scan. You will only be required to present to the MRI department at the allotted time given at the time of booking. Some MRI examinations require you to fast prior. You will be instructed at the time of booking if this will be required.
For more details on what happens during the scan and for specific tests, click the links in the side bar.
When you make an appointment for an MRI examination, you will be asked a series of safety questions to ensure you do not have any implanted devices that may prevent you from undergoing the procedure. If you answer ‘Yes’ to any of these questions, you may be instructed to provide details or medical records so our staff can ascertain their compatibility with the MRI scanner. Our staff will direct you what to do, providing clear instructions to ensure minimal delay when you present for your examination.
During the Scan
Prior to entering the MRI scanner, you will be instructed to change into an examination gown. This is done for safety purposes and to ensure your clothing does not have any detrimental effects on image and diagnostic quality.
You will be asked to lie on the scanning table and a special coil/antenna will be placed over the body part being examined. MRI scanners can be quite loud making a knocking sound like a jack hammer while the images are being acquired. You will be provided with earplugs or headphones playing music to reduce the impact of the noise. Constant communication will be maintained during the examination, however, if you need to contact the technologist, you will be provided with a buzzer to raise their attention.
The average MRI examination can last 15 – 60 minutes depending on the procedure you are having. For additional information, please refer to the specific tests.
Risks / Side Effects
To date, there are no known biological side effects/risks to having an MRI. It is quite common to experience localised warming (region being scanned) during the exam. The MRI environment is extremely safe provided all safety precautions are followed. Please ensure you fill out the MRI safety questionnaire accurately and inform Dr Jones & Partners staff of any implanted devices you may have in situ.