An MRI scan involves no x-rays, as it uses magnetic fields and radio frequency waves to produce an image that gives great detail of the tissue and surrounding structures. It is often used to provide additional information to other tests, such as X-rays or ultrasound. The MRI scanner has a short tunnel in the centre and a flat bed. While you are lying down, the bed will slowly move into the centre of the tunnel where the pictures are taken. This movement is controlled by our highly trained MRI healthcare team. There are many different types of MRI scans that can be carried out. Each one offers our team of Radiologists specific information to help diagnose the medical condition you might have.
The development of MRI has revolutionized the medical world. Since its discovery, doctors and researchers have refined techniques to use MRI scans to assist in medical procedures and also help in research. In particular, MRI can be very important in the detection of prostate cancer.
Prior to the MRI scan you will be required to complete a safety questionnaire. You will be asked to double check this information on your arrival for your MRI procedure. Fasting (going without food and fluids) or a special preparatory diet for a MRI procedure might be required in some cases. When you make your appointment, you will be advised of any fasting requirements. If you have a pacemaker or other implants, it is important to tell the radiology practice before having the scan.
It is helpful if you do not wear any makeup or hairspray when you attend your MRI appointment. These products can contain small metal particles that can interfere and reduce the quality of the MRI images. We also recommend leaving valuable items such as watches, wallets and jewellery at home and that you dress in items that do not have metallic components (zips, eyelets, clips, under-wires and hooks).
If you are pregnant, please discuss this with your doctor and tell the radiology practice before having the scan.
If you are claustrophobic (a fear of small or enclosed spaces) and think you might not be able to proceed with the scan, advise your doctor or the MRI facility when making your appointment. Sedative (calming) medication may need to be obtained from your doctor and taken prior to your MRI procedure. If you do need a sedative, you will need to arrange someone else to drive you home.
Please bring any previous medical imaging examinations that relate to your current condition to your MRI appointment.
The MRI procedure will be thoroughly explained to you, and your safety questionnaire reviewed and discussed before you enter the MRI scan room. You will usually be asked to change into a gown. You will be asked to lie on the scan table and given a buzzer to hold. When you squeeze it, an alarm sounds in the control room and you will be able to talk to the MRI technologist.
You will not feel the magnetic field or radio waves, so the procedure itself is painless. However, there may be a lot of loud thumping or tapping noises during the scan so we can offer headphones, music or earplugs to help block the sound.
If you are claustrophobic and find you are unable to proceed with the scan you can alert the MRI technologist straight away. The radiology facility has special procedures for people with claustrophobia and will advise you of what to do if this applies to you. MRI images are very susceptible to movement, so it is important that you are comfortable enough to lie still and hold your position during the scan.
Most medicare eligible examinations are bulk billed. Fees may apply for some procedures. Our friendly reception staff will advise you on the cost of your procedure at the time of your booking.
MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that cannot be obtained by other imaging, such as mammography or ultrasound. Breast MRI does not use ionizing radiation and provides a method for imaging related to silicone breast implants.
What are the advantages of Breast MRI?
MRI is the most sensitive method for diagnosing breast cancer and may be an appropriate screening tool for young women who have a high risk of breast cancer. Young women tend to have dense breast tissue, for which MRI is more appropriate than X-ray mammography. Because of its high accuracy in tissue differentiation, MRI is also becoming more and more important for staging breast cancer, which is crucial to determining the most appropriate treatment.
Is Breast MRI right for you?
Close consultation with your GP and Specialist will assess the need for you to have MRI of your Breasts. Because MRI does not use ionising radiation and is very sensitive to soft tissue change it can be a useful tool in diagnosing and staging breast disease and in tailoring treatment plans.
Locations where we offer this procedure:
Sunshine Coast Radiology, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital, 3 Doherty Street, Birtinya, QLD 4557.
The prostate is a small organ located deep in the pelvis that has been traditionally difficult to image successfully in the detection of prostatic cancer. However, the use of next generation 3T MRI scanners and special parameters has made the detection of prostatic cancers much more accurate. Sunshine Coast Radiology is proud to offer the Sunshine Coast the only private next generation Philip’s Multi-parametric 3T MRI scanner. All exams are designed and interpreted by our team of RANZCR trained Radiologists who possess extensive experience in Prostate MRI scanning.
Is Multi-Parametric 3T MRI right for you?
Close consultation with your GP and Specialist will assess the need for you to have a 3T mulit-parametric MRI scan of your prostate. Certain high-risk individuals for prostate cancer could benefit by Multi-parametric 3T MRI. It can be useful for pre-operative staging and treatment plans and useful post-prostatectomy, radiation, or other treatment, in detecting recurrent disease.
Locations where we offer this procedure:
Sunshine Coast Radiology, Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
3 Doherty Street, Birtinya, QLD 4557.
60 Wises Rd, Maroochydore QLD 4558.
The scan can take between 15 minutes to over 60 minutes to complete. This depends on the part of the body being imaged and what type of MRI is required to show the information. Before the scan begins, the radiographer will tell you how long the scan takes, so you know what to expect.
MRI services are available by appointment at our Maroochydore clinic and our Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital Clinic.
60 Wises Rd, Maroochydore QLD 4558.
Nambour Central, entry via Ann Street, Nambour, QLD 4560.
Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital
Private Hospital in Birtinya 3 Doherty St, Birtinya QLD 4575.
The images obtained during the examination are provided to one of our Radiologists who interprets these and provides a written report to your doctor or health care provider.
You may hear about 3T and 1.5T MRI scans. 3T MRI scanners are the most advanced MRI scanners available clinically and provide images with exceptional resolution. This can enable greater diagnostic accuracy. 3T scanners are suited to premium scanning of orthopaedic, urologic, neurovascular and women’s imaging. 1.5 Tesla imaging is the most widely available type of MRI scanner being used clinically in Australia. 1.5 Tesla magnets are also held in high regard, providing high quality diagnostic images from musculoskeletal through to neurovascular systems. At Sunshine Coast Radiology we offer 3T MRI scans at the Sunshine Coast Private University Hospital and 1.5T in our clinic in Maroochydore.