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MRI Scan at Envision

What is an MRI Scan?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scan is a way of creating pictures of your body that does not use X?rays or radiation. MRI uses a very powerful magnetic field in combination with a rapidly switching Radio?Frequency (RF) to create the images. MRI does not use ionizing radiation like X?rays or CT scanning and no known harmful effects have been demonstrated.

MRI scans are best for investigating the soft tissue structures of the body such as muscles, ligaments, the brain and spinal cord. They can also provide unique diagnostic information for Cardiac, Abdominal and Pelvic imaging.

Envision has two high quality, modern wide-bore MRI scanners (1.5T & 3T). This ensures better images and a far more comfortable experience for you than on many other scanners in WA.  Our team of caring MRI techs will put you at ease, even if you are anxious or have had a bad experience in the past.  Countless patients have experienced the positive difference we provide. Most importantly, the excellent image quality allows for accurate diagnosis by our specialist MRI Radiologists.

Important information about MRIs and Implanted devices

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT.

YOU MUST CONTACT US ON 08 6382 3888 PRIOR TO BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING INSIDE OR ON YOU:

  • Pacemaker / Defibrillator (ICD)
  • Neurostimulator
  • Cochlear Implant
  • Stapedectomy (middle ear prosthesis)
  • Aneurysm Clip
  • Morphine / Insulin Pump
  • Glucose Monitor
  • Programmable VP Shunt
  • Shrapnel
  • Retained Metal fragment in eye (eg. from welding / grinding)

These devices / foreign bodies have safety conditions we need to investigate prior to you being able to have an MRI scan. If you arrive on the day without our prior knowledge of these, it is likely that you will need to be rebooked for a later date. It may be necessary to arrange an alternate imaging test if an MRI is contra-indicated due to safety conditions.

IT IS LIKELY YOU CAN SAFELY HAVE AN MRI IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING IMPLANTS:

  • Heart valves
  • vascular stents (including Coronary / AAA)
  • surgical clips
  • screws, rods
  • artificial joints
  • dental implants or
  • orthodontic braces.

These devices generally don’t pose a safety hazard, however they can reduce the image quality if they are close to the region being scanned. We will discuss any implications on the day of the scan.

If you have questions or any of the listed devices please contact our helpful MRI staff prior to coming in for your appointment.

You may also be asked to change into a gown and remove any metal jewellery for your scan.

What types of MRI scans are offered at Envision?

Click on the body to discover what types of MRI scans are offered at Envision. You can find more information about each by following the link.