Lake Imaging offers Spinal 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 Spinal MRI
The detailed images produced by spinal MRI help your doctor assess your spine and surrounding tissues for changes and irregularities, or the presence of disease.
Spinal MRI can gather intricate structural information about your vertebrae (the bones that make up your spine), the ligaments that hold your vertebrae together, the discs, spinal cord and the nerve-containing spaces between the vertebrae.
Depending on your back pain areas, injury concern or disease, your doctor may request one or more of the following regions along your spine to be scanned; your neck (the cervical region), upper back (the thoracic region) or lower back (the lumbosacral region).
Being one of the most sensitive, non-invasive imaging procedures for examining the spine, MRI can allow the entire spine to be assessed by specialists in one comprehensive series of pictures. In addition, more detailed images can be collected from one region of your back, in a single session, if needed.
Your appointment and preparation
A referral from a doctor and an appointment is required for a spinal MRI examination.
Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
What can I expect during my Spinal 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 between 30 to 60 minutes to complete an MRI of your spine. This depends on the size of the spinal area to be scanned.
For your spinal 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 spinal MRI. Be sure to read the Important MRI Patient Information here.
Who will perform my Spinal MRI and write the report?
A qualified medical imaging technologist, trained in all aspects of MRI scanning, will perform your spinal MRI scan at Lake Imaging.
Then, a radiologist specialising in spine 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 spinal MRI scan.
What should I expect after my Spinal 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 spinal 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.
To request a Spinal MRI appointment at a Lake Imaging location, please contact the clinic or use our online booking form.