Radiology Update - Medicare MRI Items for GPs
From 1 November 2013, GPs will be able to request four new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Medicare services for patients 16 years of age and over.
New GP Referred MRI Items for Adults for Specified Conditions:
- Scan of head for unexplained seizures and unexplained chronic headache with suspected intracranial pathology
- Scan of spine for cervical radiculopathy
- Scan of spine for cervical spine trauma
- Scan of knee following acute trauma for patients with inability to extend the knee suggesting the possibility of acute meniscal tear or clinical finding suggesting acute anterior cruciate ligament tear.
At Melbourne Radiology Clinic, the following adult (16 years and over) MRI services referred by a GP are bulk billed as per the below schedule:
NOTE: A Medicare rebate for these Adult MRI scans is ONLY CLAIMABLE if one of the clinical indications shown as above is specified in the ‘Clinical Details’ section of the radiology request referral form.
Extending MRI requesting rights to GPs is aimed at avoiding exposure of children to unnecessary radiation associated with other types of diagnostic imaging such as CT or X-ray, in situations where it is clinically indicated.
At Melbourne Radiology Clinic, the following paediatric MRI services are bulk billed as per the below schedule:
NOTE: A Medicare rebate for these paediatric MRI scans is ONLY CLAIMABLE if one of the clinical indications shown as above is specified in the ‘Clinical Details’ section of the radiology request referral form.
Patient Care & Comfort
Our Siemens Wide-Bore MRI provides a comfortable spacious environment for patient scans while producing clear images.
Our experienced staff will ensure that the MRI scan is as comfortable as possible. Young patients can bring in a DVD of their choice to be viewed during the scan or watch live TV with noise cancelling headphones. Parents or carers may also accompany their child into the MRI room and sit next to them for the duration of the scan.