Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a scanning procedure that uses strong magnets and radiofrequency pulses to generate signals from the body. A radio antenna detects these signals, which are processed by a computer to create high-resolution images of the inside of your body.

Jones Radiology has a comprehensive MRI service across South Australia and Alice Springs. We are at the forefront of MRI technology with the latest 3T and 1.5T wide-bore MRI systems. The MRI clinic location most suitable for you depends on whether you are referred by a GP or specialist and the type of MRI procedure requested. Our team will assist you in determining the most suitable booking for you.

MRI services are available at the following Jones Radiology  clinic locations:
St Andrew’s Hospital, Calvary Adelaide Hospital, Kurralta Park, SAHMRI, StepneyModbury, Mt Barker Central, Southern Specialist Centre, Whyalla Hospital and Alice Springs Hospital.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Preparation

Mostly, MRI scans do not require any preparation. Some MRI examinations need you to fast, but if this is necessary, it will be explained to you at the time of booking. You will be required to come to the clinic at the time and location you booked.

For more details on what happens during the scan and for specific tests, click the links in the side bar.

When you make an appointment for an MRI, staff will ask you some safety questions about whether you have any implanted devices that may prevent you from having the scan. If you answer ‘Yes’ to any safety questions, you may be asked to provide details or medical records so we can book the MRI scanner that is right for you. Our staff will provide clear instructions to ensure minimal delay when you arrive for your scan.

If you experience claustrophobia (fear of small places), you may have feelings of discomfort about the MRI scanner. Please discuss this with us before your scan. If sedation (medication to relax you) is required, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home.

During the Scan

Before the MRI scan, you may be asked to change into an examination gown for your safety and to make sure your clothing does not affect the images and diagnostic quality of the scan.

You will be asked to lie on the scanning table, and a coil/antenna is placed over the body part being scanned. MRI scanners can make a loud knocking sound like a jackhammer while the images are developed. We offer earplugs or headphones playing music to reduce the impact of the noise. Staff will talk to you during the scan, and you will also be provided with a buzzer to get their attention at any time.

The MRI examination can last 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the procedure. For more information, please refer to the specific tests.

Risks / Side effects

To date, there are no known biological side effects/risks of having an MRI. It is typical for the area of the body being scanned to feel slightly warm during the scan. When safety precautions are followed, the MRI procedure is safe. Please fill out the MRI safety questionnaire accurately and tell Jones Radiology staff of any implanted devices you have in your body.

View the Patient Care page for additional information regarding patient safety.

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