Envision is the premier provider of MRI scans in Perth.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI scans are a way of creating pictures of your body that does not use X-rays or radiation. MRI uses a very powerful magnetic field in combination with a rapidly switching Radio-Frequency (RF) to create the images. These scans do not use ionizing radiation like X-rays or CT scanning and no known harmful effects have been demonstrated.
MRI scans are best for investigating the soft tissue structures of the body such as muscles, ligaments, the brain and the spinal cord. They can also provide unique diagnostic information for Cardiac, Abdominal and Pelvic imaging.
Envision’s MRI Technology
Envision has two high-quality, modern wide-bore MRI scanners (1.5T & 3T). This ensures better images and a far more comfortable experience for you than many other scanners in WA. Our team of caring MRI techs will put you at ease, even if you are anxious. Countless patients have experienced the positive difference we provide. Most importantly, the excellent image quality allows for accurate diagnosis by our specialist Radiologists.
In some cases, you will require an injection of Gadolinium-based contrast agent (dye) which is injected via a vein in your arm.
Risks associated with the MRI procedure
An allergic reaction to intravenous contrast material can simulate short term allergic response such as itching, a rash or hives. A more serious allergic reaction to intravenous contrast is called an anaphylactic reaction. When this occurs, the patient may experience severe hives and/or extreme difficulty in breathing. This reaction is extremely rare and requires emergency treatment.
Important information about MRIs and Implanted devices
IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ BEFORE YOUR APPOINTMENT.
YOU MUST CONTACT US ON 08 6382 3888 PRIOR TO BOOKING AN APPOINTMENT IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING INSIDE OR ON YOU:
- Pacemaker / Defibrillator (ICD)
- Cochlear Implant
- Stapedectomy (middle ear prosthesis)
- Aneurysm Clip
- Pain management / Insulin Pump
- Glucose Monitor
- Programmable VP Shunt
- Retained Metal fragment in eye (eg. from welding / grinding)
These devices / foreign bodies have safety conditions we need to investigate prior to you being able to have an MRI scan. If you arrive on the day without our prior knowledge of these, it is likely that you will need to be rebooked for a later date. It may be necessary to arrange an alternate imaging test if an MRI is contra-indicated due to safety conditions.
IT IS LIKELY YOU CAN SAFELY HAVE AN MRI IF YOU HAVE ANY OF THE FOLLOWING IMPLANTS:
- Heart valves
- vascular stents (including Coronary / AAA)
- surgical clips
- screws, rods
- artificial joints
- dental implants or
- orthodontic braces.
These devices generally don’t pose a safety hazard, however they can reduce the image quality if they are close to the region being scanned. We will discuss any implications on the day of the scan.
If you have questions or any of the listed devices please contact our helpful MRI staff prior to coming in for your appointment.
You may also be asked to change into a gown and remove any metal jewellery for your scan.