Magnetic Resonance Imaging for the Brain.

For a safe and painless method of obtaining high-quality, detailed images of the brain and its surrounding tissue, a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is the best option.

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 Head Scan.

An MRI head scan is a noninvasive imaging test that uses strong magnets and radio waves to make comprehensive images of the brain and other cranial structures.

It is natural for patients to get nervous if their physician refers them for a MRI brain scan. Although the machine and procedure look and sound intimidating, the actual procedure is safe and painless. Unlike computed tomography (CT scans) or X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests do not use ionising radiation, which is why it is considered the best type of radiological imaging test.

This is also why MRI is particularly ideal in evaluating paediatric patients since it’s a non-invasive scan, and children’s organs can be more sensitive to radiation.

Due to the standard MRI machine’s narrow tunnel-like feature, claustrophobia and discomfort are common issues raised by patients undergoing the procedure. However, wide-bore MRI systems— the type of MRI machine Melbourne Radiology Clinic uses to conduct the scan— eliminates these issues, balancing efficacy, quality results, and patient comfort.

MRI Does Not Use Radiation

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MRI scanners use powerful magnets and radio waves which aligns hydrogen atoms in the body in one direction.

Noninvasive and radiation-free technology.

Unlike other imaging tests, MRI does not need radiation to perform the procedure. It also allows doctors to check for abnormalities, injuries, or diseases in the brain and other organs without surgery.

MRI scanners rely on large and powerful magnets. The magnetic field and radiofrequency waves manipulate the natural alignment of the body’s water molecules. Essentially, these pulses of radio waves from the scanner knock the nuclei in your hydrogen atoms out of their normal position, and when they realign, they emit energy.

This energy is then picked up by a coil as a signal, which is received by a computer that analyses and digitises it into an image.

Clear and Precise.

MRI is the most sensitive diagnostic imaging test of the brain in clinical practice, becoming a critical tool for diagnosing brain conditions.

As an extremely sensitive imaging scan, magnetic resonance imaging can differentiate between body tissue such as the grey and white matter of the brain. By providing clear and precise imaging of soft tissues, MRI has become an essential instrument for doctors to determine brain conditions and abnormalities.

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Water molecule black and white image
Water molecule black and white image
Water molecule black and white image
MRI Scanners use a large and powerful magnet to align water molecules in the body in a particular direction.
MRI, X-ray, and CT scan radiation exposures of the head

Uses for MRI Scan - Brain.

Doctors may prescribe MRI imaging to assess symptoms and health conditions in certain parts of the brain that cannot be seen clearly with an X-ray, CT scan, or ultrasound.

MRI imaging allows doctors to examine blood flow and tissue health in certain brain structures. This enables them to check for medical conditions, such as brain tumours, cysts, multiple sclerosis, pituitary gland disorders, blood clots, aneurysm, and HIV infection of the brain.

Doctors may also refer patients to undergo this procedure to evaluate abrupt or long-standing symptoms like persistent headaches, dizziness, and seizures to determine the underlying health condition.

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: