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MRI is a painless imaging scan. Your scan will usually take between 20 and 60 minutes.
We will ask you to fill in an MRI safety checklist and bring it to your appointment. You do not need to do anything else to prepare for your scan.
The MRI Scanner is a cylinder open at both ends. It looks a bit like a donut.
You will hear a variety of thumping, whirring and loud knocking noises while you are in the scanner. This is normal and nothing to worry about.
We will talk with you periodically during the scan via the intercom, and will let you know how long each part of your scan will take.
You will need to lie still during the exam to allow the technologist to get the best pictures. If this will be difficult, please tell your doctor before your appointment. If you feel the need to move during your scan, please check with us before you move.
Some MRI examinations require an injection of a special intravenous contrast or dye.
When you come to hospital for your appointment, you need to bring:
What to leave at home:
Radiology reception - Austin Hospital
Phone: 03 9496 5431
Phone: 03 9496 3463
Open hours: 7am-10:30pm weekdays and 8am-4:30pm weekends
Reception is unattended after hours (weekday evenings and weekends). Press the doorbell located to the left of the Radiology Reception desk to notify staff you have arrived. A staff member will attend to you as soon as they can.
Closed on public holidays.
Department of Radiology
Level 2, Lance Townsend Building
145 Studley Road,