Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI gathers highly accurate information about your body. It provides detailed images of soft tissue, bone, fat, muscles and internal organs. This provides the radiologist with high quality images for diagnostic purposes.

MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to examine specific areas of your body. The technique does not use x-ray and is considered safe and painless. Occasionally patients experience some discomfort due to positioning on the scanner, and if lying down is problematic, it may be advisable to take some pain relief prior to your scan, to ensure you are comfortable throughout the procedure. For some scans an IV line for an injection of MRI contrast agent will be required.

Prior to your scan:

You will need to make an appointment for this examination. Our bookings staff will discuss with you issues regarding your MRI scan. In some circumstances it may not be safe or advisable for you to have an MRI scan. Please inform our bookings staff if you have any of the following:

  • Cardiac Pacemaker

  • Metal in your eyes

  • Cochlear Implant

  • Artificial Heart Valve

  • Neurostimulator

  • Pregnancy

  • Cerebral Aneurysm Clip

  • Infusion Pump

Please let our bookings staff know if you suffer from severe claustrophobia as we may be able to arrange medication for you. In this instance you will be unable to drive, and for your safety we request that you arrange a driver to and from your appointment and someone to accompany you home after your scan is completed.

Bookings staff will also advise of any additional requirements relevant to your scan, eg: fasting, arrival time.

If you have medical insurance, you may obtain prior approval for your procedure. Auckland Radiology Group is an approved provider for Southern Cross for MRI services, which means you may need to only pay a co-payment (depending upon your insurance plan).

On the day of your appointment:

Please arrive at the time advised to you by our bookings staff and check in with reception upon arrival.

After checking your details are correct, you will be given two forms to complete.

Jewellery, watches and hearing aids (if applicable) will need to be removed. You will be required to change into one of our gowns. In some cases an IV line or injection will be required.

Please be aware that the scanner is noisy, however we will provide you with hearing protection.

After your scan:

Unless you have had an anaesthetic or been sedated, you can return to your daily activities.

Your report will usually be available to your referrer within 24 hours of your scan. If your case is urgent please advise the technician at scan time.

For MRI appointment bookings, please phone:

101 Remuera Road, Remuera 09 529 4850 212 Wairau Road, Glenfield 09 442 2963

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