Musculoskeletal

Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI assesses the tendons, ligaments, nerves, muscles and bones which hold  your body together.  MSK imaging is also used to look at the space between your joints and look at why they may be inflamed or have limited movement.

How do I prepare?

  • Wear a separate top to bottoms during your appointment. This makes changing for the examination easier.
  • There is no special preparation required for MSK.

Technology and Team

We have both 3T and 1.5T MRI machines available across our practices. The number refers to the strength of the magnetic field created by the MRI machine. The 1.5T is still considered completely adequate for most MRI scans, however your referrer may prefer you to have the scan completed on the 3T.

We also have wide bore options in limited locations. The wide bore offers slightly more space inside the MRI tube so it may help those who suffer from claustrophobia.

Your MSK MRI will be performed by an MRI Technician. These technicians are Radiographers who have undergone additional training and exams in order to operate an MRI scanner. The images the MRI captures are viewed by a Radiologist who makes a diagnosis based on what they can see.

What happens during my examination

When entering the MRI room, your MRI Radiographer will explain exactly what will happen during your procedure. It may vary slightly from what we describe below, so don’t worry if this is the case, you’ll always be in very good hands.

MSK MRI’s are most commonly done on your knee, shoulder and ankle joints. You will be asked to lie down on the MRI bed and the Radiographer will do everything they can to make you feel comfortable.

In some cases we will insert an intravenous (IV) line into your arm. We will use this to give you some contrast, which will enhance the images we take of the specific joint or area. Sometimes this contrast is injected directly into the joint.

When the images are being taken, you will hear loud banging noises made by the MRI machine. You’ll be offered headphones through which the MRI Radiographer can talk to you and play a selection of music to help reduce the noise and pass time more quickly. You will be given a button to press should you at any time want to talk to the Radiographer or stop the exam.

Once in position the MRI Radiographer will leave the room, and the bed will move slowly into the scanner so you are positioned in the centre of the machine.

You will need to lay very still for up to 20 minutes.

After your examination

The results of your MSK MRI will be sent directly to your referring Doctor. Please ensure you book a timely follow-up appointment to discuss your results with them.

Cost

The cost of an MRI will depend on the reason for your scan. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.

Locations providing this service

189 Lake Street

189 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Bayside

16 Weippin Street (Opposite Redland Hospital) Cleveland, QLD, 4163

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Bowen Hills

Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre
Suite 3, 16 Thompson Street
Bowen Hills, QLD, 4006

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Cairns Private Hospital

144 Lake Street,
Cairns, QLD, 4870

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Coorparoo

342 Old Cleveland Road,
Coorparoo, QLD, 4151

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Domain Central

21a/I Domain Central,
103 Duckworth Street,
Townsville, QLD, 4812

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Douglas Discovery Rise

Clinical Practice Building,
James Cook Drive (cnr Mt Stuart Street),
Douglas, QLD, 4814

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Gold Coast Airport Central

Airport Central, 1 Eastern Avenue, Bilinga, QLD, 4225

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Gold Coast Private Hospital

Ground Floor, 14 Hill Street, Southport, QLD, 4215

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Greenslopes Private Hospital

Lower Lobby Level,
Newdegate Street,
Greenslopes, QLD, 4120

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Mackay Fourways

96 Nebo Road,
West Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Hospital Brisbane

4th Floor, 32 Raymond Terrace,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Hyde Park

9-13 Bayswater Road,
Hyde Park, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital Mackay

76 Willetts Road,
North Mackay, QLD, 4740

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Mater Private Hospital Pimlico

Fulham Road,
Pimlico, QLD, 4812

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Mater Private Hospital South Brisbane

301 Vulture Street,
South Brisbane, QLD, 4101

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Mater Private Hospital Springfield

30 Health Care Drive,
Springfield Central, QLD, 4300

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Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Hospital

Cnr of Kessels and Troughton Roads,
Coopers Plains, QLD, 4108

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Southport

128 Queen Street ,
Southport, QLD 4215

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St Andrew’s Hospital Toowoomba

280 North Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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St Vincent’s Hospital Toowoomba

Scott Street,
Toowoomba, QLD, 4350

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Sunnybank Private Hospital

Level 1, Sunnybank Private Medical Centre
245 McCullough Street,
Sunnybank, QLD, 4109

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Taringa Westside Private Hospital

32 Morrow Street, Taringa, QLD, 4068

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Wynnum

101 Clara Street,
Wynnum, QLD, 4178

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