Clinical guidance for MRI referral

Guidance on head, cervical, spine and knee MRIs

The guidance is divided into the three anatomical regions of the MBS item descriptions; head, cervical spine and knee.

For MRI of the head and cervical spine, the guidance is further divided into the specific indications. For MRI of the knee, both indications have been considered together.

Each section provides key information, evidence-based recommendations, background, imaging choice, imaging issues, benefits and risks as well as optional additional background information.

This guidance is intended for GPs who are considering referring patients aged 16 years and over with any of the specific Medicare-funded indications for MRI.

The guidance does not cover patients younger than 16 years of age.

The guidance does not give advice on interpreting MRI.