Magnetic Resonance Imaging Lower Back Scan.

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the lower back or the lumbar spine may be ordered by your healthcare provider in order to diagnose evaluation causes of back pain, as well as pain (“sciatica”), weakness, or numbness in the leg/s.

Full Body MRI Scan

As MRI scans do not utilise radiation, the process is completely safe for patients of all ages, including in pregnancy. Having to lie down still may result in a degree of discomfort which can be alleviated with rapid acquisition images, proper position and adequate padding. Here at Melbourne Radiology Clinic, we offer full body scan MRI screening services.

What Happens During A Full Body MRI Scan?

A full body scan will typically take 60 minutes during which the head, chest, abdomen and pelvis are imaged, as well as the adjacent portions of the upper and lower limbs.

Keeping extremely still during the full body MRI scan is important as movements can affect the quality of the images.  The technician (radiographer) will keep in close contact with you via a speaker system in order to keep you informed of the progress of the scan, as well as provide you with the opportunity to give any feedback.  You can avail of noise-cancelling earphones so you can relax and block out any sounds from the machine.

Do I Need To Prepare For An MRI Scan?

No preparation is required for a full body MRI scan. You can eat and drink as normal beforehand. You need to remember to remove external metallic devices beforehand as well as not apply eye make-up as this can degrade image quality.

If you are claustrophobic or anxious about being in small/confined spaces, we ask that you let us know about this in advance so that we can make arrangements with providing a relaxing ambience in the scanner using music of your choice. Rarely, a light sedative to make the experience more comfortable for you may be provided however you must let our staff know at the time of booking so that you are advised to attend earlier so that it may take effect.

You will be provided with a buzzer during the scan regardless which you can press to instruct our team to stop the scan if it all gets a bit too much for you.

Melbourne Radiology Clinic – Your Local Specialists in MRI Imaging Services

If you require an MRI scan, including a full body MRI scan in Melbourne, then Melbourne Radiology Clinic are your local medical imaging specialists, with an expert imaging services MRI scan team. Other than MRI scans, We also offer examinations including MRI scan for knee injury, MRI & X-ray for shoulder injury, achilles tendon tear mri & many other diagnostic radiological services in Melbourne.

Contact us today to book your MRI scan appointment and we can assist you further with your enquiry.

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MRI of the Lower Back.

Compared to other diagnostic imaging tests, lower back MRI has several advantages for evaluating symptoms in the lumbar spine. An MRI does not use radiation, instead manipulates the magnetic properties of water within normal living tissue and can reliably differentiate between fat, muscles, ligaments, discs, nerves, joints, bones and other soft tissues with greater clarity.

Your physician may recommend a lumbar spine or lower back MRI so as to evaluate the cause of your symptoms, such as severe pain, numbness, tingling, or weakness in the back and/or leg. Most cases are due to degeneration of the spine, as well as trauma and developmental issues, however rarely may an underlying serious condition may be the cause, such as tumours, bleeding and infection. Other symptoms that may require you to undergo an MRI scan include:

  • difficulty in passing and controlling urine or stools
  • difficulty in walking or balance issues
  • history of cancer

An MRI scan can detect problems of the lower back that affect the bones, soft tissue, nerves, and disks and help diagnose tumours, bleeding, swelling, abnormalities, or inflammatory conditions in the bones or the surrounding tissue.

MRI Does Not Use Radiation

Percentage Composition of Water in the Human Body
MRI scanners use powerful magnets and radio waves which aligns hydrogen atoms in the body in one direction.
MRI, X-ray, and CT scan radiation exposures of the head

Schedule Your MRI Scan with Us Today.

If you are referred for an MRI scan, contact Melbourne Radiology Clinic for an appointment.

You can arrange for an MRI scan appointment with our team by calling us at (03) 9667 1667, sending an email to along with your referral, or filling in our online booking form. We accept referrals from all over the Melbourne area— including from other radiology providers.

Further Information.

Referring doctors are welcome to discuss with our radiologists the imaging needs of their patients and whether MRI is suitable for their patient’s medical condition.

Specialist Radiologists.
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MSK & MRI Fellowship Trained Radiologists
At Melbourne Radiology Clinic, all patient scans are reviewed by fellowship trained musculoskeletal and MRI specialist radiologists: