Brain / spine MRI

Neuro MRI (which stands for magnetic resonance imaging) is a scan that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to produce detailed images of the brain and spine.  MRI is often the procedure of choice for neuro imaging because it can define the brain and spinal cord clearly without the interference of bone.

Image Modality MRI Brain


  • Neuro MRI is used to assess a wide variety of conditions. Before your procedure, your doctor will explain to you why they ordered the imaging and what they are looking for.

  • There is no special preparation required for Neuro MRI patients.

    You may be asked to change into a gown during the procedure, so we recommend wearing clothes that are easy to remove.

  • When you arrive, our reception staff will go through some questions with you to reconfirm your booking details.

    You may be asked to change into a gown and if this is the case, all items that contain metal will need to be removed; jewellery, bra, watches, etc. Your belongings will be safely stored for you.

    In some cases we may need to insert an intravenous (IV) line into your arm. This would be used to administer contrast to enhance the images we take. Sometimes, a slight sense of warmth or flush may occur when the contrast is injected. It important to tell the staff if you have had any form of reaction to x-ray contrast before, or if you are an asthmatic.

    You will be asked to lie down on the MRI bed and place your head onto a headrest. A cover or mask is fitted over the top of this head rest. This is made from a light plastic and is open apart from a piece of plastic which covers the arch of your nose. The MRI radiographer will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.

    Once in position the MRI radiographer will leave the room, and the bed will move slowly into the scanner. You will enter the scanner head first.

  • The scan will last approximately 30 minutes and you will be required to lay still during this time because any movement can blur the images.

  • Rarely, as with all intravenous injections, there is a small chance of an allergic reaction. Most reactions are mild and result in hives or itching. If any sort of reaction does occur our staff are trained and on hand to manage this reaction.

    Please let us know at the time of booking if you are pregnant.

    If you have any concerns regarding your MRI, please speak to one of our staff.

How much will it cost?

Fees for radiology procedures will vary depending on a variety of factors. We will advise you about the cost of your service at the time of booking but if you do have any questions, contact us and one of our team will be happy to help with your query. You can read more about our billing information here.

How do I access my images?

At Queensland X-Ray, we provide our patients with their images and results online. To access your images and results, you’ll need to register for an account when you visit one of our practices. If you’ve already registered, you can access the Patient Portal here.

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