Magnetic Resonance Imaging Services at Flinders Medical Centre

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) section is one of several specialised units within the Division of Medical Imaging at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC). The section provides a full range of services for both inpatients and outpatients throughout the hospital.

Due to Medicare rules, only specialist referrals and limited GP requests can be accepted. GP requests must contain certain clinical indications.

Patients are required to lie still on a table for some time with routine examinations taking around 20mins and more complex scans taking over an hour. The area of concern needs to be in the centre of the scanner while the procedure is performed. For certain indications an injection of contrast media is required to assist with the visualisation of certain body parts. The scanner produces very loud banging noises when scanning so headphones and call bell are provided for the patient throughout the scan.

As the scanner utilises a high magnetic field, you should inform the reception staff if you have had any surgical procedures and/or implants so this can be assessed before you appointment time. Failure to do so may result in rebooking of appointments until deemed safe to proceed. Some implants may not be compatible with MRI or have specific requirements that need to be adhered to.


All patients must have a referral letter before booking an appointment. The reception staff requires the referral or copy before proceeding to book an appointment to help ensure each booking has adequate time.

Booking Enquiries

Telephone: (08) 8204 5750
Fax: (08) 8204 5790
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7.45am to 7.45pm

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