Medicare improves General Practitioner access to MRI

As of 1 November 2013 General Practitioners are able to refer patients over the age of 16 for a MRI investigation for a small range of clinically appropriate indications. These indications were heralded in the labor governments Diagnostic Imaging Reform Package which included a range of Medicare eligible MRI indications for children under the age of 16 that GP’s could refer for from 1 November 2012.
The new list of “adult” indications includes;

  • a scan of the head for unexplained seizures or unexplained chronic headache,
  • a spine (neck) scan for possible nerve damage in the neck region (called cervical radiculopathy) or neck trauma
  • and a scan of the knee for suspected acute meniscal tear or acute anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear.

Perth Radiological Clinic operates Perth’s largest fleet of MRI scanners with 7 machines currently operating in the Perth metropolitan area including hospital sites Joondalup Health Campus and The Mount Hospital.

For more information about our MRI service please visit our services page