Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI
Lake Imaging offers musculoskeletal 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
- Research and Specialist Centre - North Melbourne Request an appointment
- Warrnambool (see map) Request an appointment
About Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI
MRI has wide applications in the diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions including those of the musculoskeletal (MSK) system.
MSK MRI examinations are commonly performed on the knee, hip, shoulder, wrist, hand, ankle and foot. The detail and quality of musculoskeletal MRI images is outstanding.
Compared to x-ray, ultrasound or CT examination, MRI allows injury or disease conditions in muscles, ligaments, cartilage, and other joint structures to be seen in much greater detail.
Furthermore, because MRI does not use ionising radiation, you will not be exposed to radioactive particles during your MRI scan.
Your appointment and preparation
A referral from your doctor and an appointment is required for a MSK MRI scan.
Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
What can I expect during my MSK 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 will take between 30 to 60 minutes to complete your MRI depending on what area of your body is being scanned.
For your MSK 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 musculoskeletal MRI. Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
Who will perform my MSK MRI and write the report?
A qualified medical imaging technologist, trained in all aspects of MRI scanning, will perform your MSK MRI scan at Lake Imaging.
Then, a radiologist specialising in MSK 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 MRI scan.
What should I expect after my MSK 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 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 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
To request a MSK MRI appointment at a Lake Imaging location, please contact the clinic or use our online booking form.