Head MRI

Your preparation requirements

There is no specific preparation required for your MRI scan, however please remove all eye makeup prior to your examination.

All patients are requested to arrive 15 minutes before their appointment time to fill out a patient consent form. This form is also available on our website to fill in prior to your scan. The imaging staff will go through the form again with you before your scan to make sure all the information provided is accurate.

What to expect

The imaging staff (radiographer/nurse) will require you to change into a patient gown prior to entering the MRI room. This ensures all metallic and electronic objects are removed from your body. You will be provided with a locker to keep your things safe while you are having your scan.

Our MRI suite is equipped with coloured lighting and wall projections, giving a relaxed feel to the room.

For your examination, imaging staff will ask you to lie on your back with your head comfortably positioned in the dedicated head coil. Support for under your knees and blankets are available if required.

Earplugs and headphones will be given for you to wear, as the machine is quite noisy whilst imaging.

The head coil has a reflective panel attached to it, giving you the option to watch background projections during your scan, or you can simply close your eyes and relax.

Will I need an injection?

Some head examinations may require an injection of an MRI contrast (gadolinium) to help better visualise anatomy. If this is required, it will be discussed with you before proceeding.

How long will it take?

Each MRI scan can vary in length depending on what your doctor has asked for. Generally head scans take about 20 minutes, however we will give you a more accurate time duration once your scan begins.

What if I am pregnant?

MRI is usually avoided in the first trimester of pregnancy unless there are special circumstances. Please notify us if you are pregnant or if you think you may be pregnant.

MRI Consent form

Please click HERE to download our consent form. If you answer “YES” to any of the questions, please contact our friendly staff on 08 8357 8855.