Lake Imaging offers Brain MRI at:
- St John of God Hospital – Geelong (see map) Request an appointment
- St John of God Hospital – Ballarat (see map) Request an appointment
- Ballarat MRI (see map) Request an appointment
- Melton (see map) Request an appointment
- Sunbury (see map) Request an appointment
- Warrnambool (see map) Request an appointment
About Brain MRI
Brain MRI or Neurological MRI is particularly useful for examining your brain and cranial region due to the excellent contrast, between normal and abnormal tissue, captured in the high-quality images.
Brain MRI allows your doctor to assess head injuries, look for tumours, detect infection and, on occasion, examine bleeding, fluid and stroke.
In addition to Brain MRI, an adjunct assessment can be made using a technique called Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS). Using the same MRI equipment, but varying the output signal detected, MRS allows the chemical composition of the brain to be examined. Chemical abnormalities in the brain may be useful in diagnosing and monitoring degenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease and multiple sclerosis.
Your appointment and preparation
A referral from your doctor and an appointment is required for a brain MRI scan.
Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
What can I expect during my Brain MRI procedure?
When you attend your appointment you will be asked to answer a series of questions, remove any jewellery and change into an examination gown. Then the scanning procedure will be explained to you.
It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete a MRI examination of the brain.
For your brain MRI examination, you may require an injection of the safe contrast solution, gadolinium, into your arm vein to enhance the detail of the images produced.
What are the risks and side effects?
There are no known side effects from brain MRI. Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
Who will perform my Brain MRI and write the report?
A qualified medical imaging technologist, trained in all aspects of MRI scanning, will perform your brain MRI scan at Lake Imaging.
Then, a radiologist specialising in brain imaging will interpret your MRI scans and provide a comprehensive report on the findings to your doctor.
We recommend that you make an appointment with your referring doctor to discuss the results of your brain scan.
What should I expect after my Brain MRI procedure?
After the MRI examination you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
How do I obtain my results?
If the results of your brain MRI are required urgently or you have an appointment with your doctor straight after the examination, please let the Lake Imaging staff know in advance. Otherwise the results of your MRI scan will be sent directly to your referring doctor typically within 48 hours.
Please ensure that you make a follow up appointment with your referring doctor or health care provider to discuss your MRI results.