GP Access to MRI

As of 1st November 2013, General Practitioners have access to bulk-billed MRI services for patients 16 years an over for a small range of clinically appropriate indications.  This is in addition to the GP access to paediatric MRI introduced in November 2012. 

Global Diagnostics is staffed by expert MRI Radiologists and Technologists to provide the highest quality and most appropriate imaging and diagnosis to assist patient management.

Further clinical guidelines can be accessed here:

RACGP referral guideline http://www.racgp.org.au/your-practice/guidelines/mri-referral/appendix-1/

NPS for Health Professionals http://www.nps.org.au/health-professionals/health-news-evidence/2013/mri-adults

Imaging Pathways WA Government Diagnostic Imaging Algorithm for post traumatic Knee pain  http://www.imagingpathways.health.wa.gov.au/index.php/imaging-pathways/musculoskeletal-trauma/bone-and-joint-trauma/post-traumatic-knee-pain#pathway

Wide bore MRI for claustrophobic and larger frame patients is available at our Peel Health Campus practice.  Please phone 95318331 for further details.

*MRI can only be bulk-billed post x-ray examination of region. Note x-ray examination will be limited as clinically appropriate to minimise radiation dose.

All GP referred MRI examinations that meet Medicare criteria below will be bulk-billed for eligible patients aged 16 years and over.

Medicare Funded Examinations:

MRI Scan of the head for:

  •   unexplained seizures
  •   unexplained chronic headache when intracranial pathology is suspected

MRI Scan of Cervical Spine for:

  • suspected cervical radiculopathy
  • cervical spine trauma       

MRI Scan of Knee following acute knee trauma with either:

  • clinical findings suggesting anterior cruciate ligament tear or
  • inability to extend the knee suggesting possible  acute meniscal tear

All GP referred MRI examinations that meet Medicare criteria below will be bulk-billed for eligible patients aged 15 years and younger

  • Scan of the head – unexplained seizures, headaches ( where significant pathology is suspected) and paranasal sinus pathology resistant to medical therapy
  • Scan of spine *  for:
  • - significant trauma
    - unexplained neck or back pain with associated neurological signs
    - unexplained back pain where significant pathology is suspected
     
  • Scan of knee  for internal joint derangement *
  • Scan of hip  for suspected septic arthritis, Slipped capital femoral epiphysis  or Perthes disease *
  • Scan of elbow  where a significant fracture or avulsion injury is suspected that will change management *
  • Scan of wrist –   where scaphoid fracture is suspected *