An MRI scan involves no x-rays, as it uses magnetic fields and radio frequency waves to produce an image that gives great detail
of the tissue and surrounding structures. It is often used to provide additional information to other tests, such as X-rays
or ultrasound. The MRI scanner has a short tunnel in the centre and a flat bed. While you are lying down, the bed will slowly
move into the centre of the tunnel where the pictures are taken. This movement is controlled by our highly trained MRI healthcare
team. There are many different types of MRI scans that can be carried out. Each one offers our team of Radiologists specific
information to help diagnose the medical condition you might have.
The development of MRI has revolutionized the medical world. Since its discovery, doctors and researchers have refined techniques
to use MRI scans to assist in medical procedures and also help in research. In particular, MRI can be very important in the
detection of prostate cancer.
You may hear about 3T and 1.5T MRI scans. 3T MRI scanners are the most advanced MRI scanners available clinically and
provide images with exceptional resolution. This can enable greater diagnostic accuracy. 3T scanners are suited
to premium scanning of orthopaedic, urologic, neurovascular and women’s imaging. 1.5 Tesla imaging is the most
widely available type of MRI scanner being used clinically in Australia. 1.5 Tesla magnets are also held in high
regard, providing high quality diagnostic images from musculoskeletal through to neurovascular systems. At Sunshine
Coast Radiology we offer 3T MRI scans at the Sunshine Coast Private University Hospital and 1.5T in our clinic