An MRI scan at Perth’s Imaging Central will provide one of the most comprehensive scans in Perth using the most state of the art equipment in the Siemens Aera. It is one of the most advanced 1.5T MRI systems available on the market today with full spine imaging and 97% reduction in sound pressure with no compromise in image quality. With the Siemens Aera, Imaging Central may be able to perform more scans with the patient’s head remaining outside the bore (tunnel). This Siemens Aera also has a wider bore size (tunnel) than most other MRIs in Perth.
What is an MRI?
MRIs provide detailed images of internal structures using a combination of radio frequency waves and magnetic fields. A series of images are taken through sections of your body, in any direction desired.
Unlike X-rays, which image calcium-containing structures (eg. bone), MRIs detect water-containing tissues (eg. organs, ligaments, tumors etc).
The MRI machine uses a very strong magnetic field and radio waves to examine a specific area of your body.
What can an MRI scan in Perth diagnose?
MRIs are an important diagnostic tool in soft tissue investigations, such as:
- Cartilage, ligament and tendon problems
- Disc and nerve problems in the spine
- Tumor detection and monitoring
- Brain examinations
- Organ assessment
What is required to prepare for the scan?
If you require an MRI scan, we require you to make an appointment and answer some qualifying questions prior.
If you have one of the following, it MAY NOT be safe for you to have an MRI scan:
- Cardiac pacemaker
- Cochlear Implant
- Cerebral Aneurysm Clip
- Metal in your eyes
- Artificial Heart Valve
- Infusion Pump
Please bring any previous films with you to your appointment. All body piercings, jewellery and metal objects will need to be removed prior to your scan.
What happens during an MRI?
The MRI scan at Perth’s Imaging Central will be thoroughly explained to you by our Radiographer prior to beginning.
As part of preparations for an MRI scan, patients change into a comfortable gown. This is all in the name of safety and helps maintain a metal-free area around the MRI machine. Patients also pass by a special ferrous metal detector to check for any metal that may have been overlooked while changing and that may pose a risk as they enter the MRI suite. Every care is taken to ensure the safest, most comfortable experience possible.
You will be asked to lie on the scan table. The part of your body to be scanned will be carefully positioned and gently secured, so you are comfortable and better able to remain still. Small devices, called coils, may be positioned around the body part that is being studied. These coils are receivers, which enhance the picture quality.
A contrast may be given during certain MRI tests through a vein in the back of your hand or your forearm. The contrast helps the radiologist demonstrate certain areas more clearly. When you make a booking for an MRI scan that may require IV contrast you will be asked for your age and whether you are diabetic or if you’ve had any trouble with your kidneys. We may need the results of a blood test within the past 3 months that shows your kidney function. If you have not had one within the past few months we will ask you to get your doctor to write you a referral for a blood test or you can come to see us and we will provide you with one. We need to establish that your kidneys work well before we give you an injection of contrast. There are several options available for MR contrast which is gadolinium based. We only use the safest agents available on the market today, which are macrocyclic chemical bonds (for those chemistry buffs!).
The scanning process is painless. However, if you are claustrophobic, please inform our staff prior as a sedative may be provided.
To ensure the quality of the images captured, it is very important to remain still throughout the procedure.
To book your MRI scan in Perth at Imaging Central, simply contact our Morley clinic on 9267 6900.