What is a MRI?

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), provides detailed images of soft tissues, bone, fat, muscles and the internal organs of your body. A series of images are taken through sections of your body, in any direction desired.

MRI produces different information than other examinations such as x‐ray, ultrasound or CT scans. In particular, it provides information concerning the soft tissues including nerves, muscles, ligaments and cartilage.

The MRI machine uses a very strong magnetic field and radio waves to examine a specific area of your body. This technique does not use x‐rays and is considered safe and painless.


Please ensure the following steps are followed. They will serve to prepare you for your examination and/or procedure.

  • Appointment required for this examination
  • For MRI appointment bookings please phone (08) 9320 1288
  • There is no specific preparation for exam
  • Often performed in conjunction with CT scans or plain x‐rays
  • If you have one of the following, it will not be safe for you to be scanned:
    • Cardiac Pacemaker
    • Cochlear Implant
    • Neurostimulator
  • If you have one of the following, it may not be safe for you to be scanned:
    • Cerebral Aneurysm Clip
    • Metal in your eyes
    • Artificial Heart Valve
    • Pregnancy (in first 3 months)
    • Infusion Pump
  • Please inform our staff when booking an appointment if:
    • there is a possibility that you are pregnant
    • you have had a piece of metal in your eye or brain or eye surgery
    • you are currently wearing a glucose monitor
    • if you suffer from claustrophobia, as we will be able to administer medication to assist you
  • Please bring any previous images
  • All items of jewellery will need to be removed as to avoid interfering with the exam

Related Downloads

 MRI Patient Guide