Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

In 2003 the WCH installed a MRI scanner which will enable children to have state of the art imaging services at the WCH.  The purchase of the MRI was possible thanks to the generosity of a number of supporters including the Little Heroes Foundation which provided $1m.  This contribution was matched by the South Australian Government.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of the latest diagnostic methods used to look inside the body without the use of x-rays. MRI is very useful for detecting abnormalities of the brain, spinal cord, blood vessels, joints and other internal organs.

During MRI pictures are taken at different angles and are processed by a computer to produce a detailed picture of the part of the body scanned. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves, antenna and a computer to obtain these images. The magnetic fields and radio waves are safe and no adverse health effects have been reported with normal use, providing ferro magnetic metals are kept away from the strong magnetic field.

How to access the service

A referral letter or request form is required from a specialist doctor prior to booking a study. A safety questionnaire must be completed prior to the study. Please bring with you the completed questionnaire and the referral letter or request form.

Some outpatients are scanned at Royal Adelaide Hospital. Your doctor will tell you if this is to be the case.

An appointment must be made for all MRI studies. Appointments may be made by telephoning (08) 8161 6055.

Many of our studies require special preparation. Instructions will be given at the time the appointment is made. If these instructions are not followed it may not be possible to carry out the study and a new time will need to be booked so please be sure to follow instructions carefully.

Information for families

We aim to make the experience as pleasant as possible for you and your child while obtaining the information from the MRI study that your doctor requires.

A parent is encouraged to stay with children during the study provided the special MRI safety precautions are met.

Other children will not be allowed to accompany you to the MRI. Please make alternative arrangements for their care on that day. Children up to 10 years old may be cared for in the WCH creche.

The MRI study requires your child to lie still for up to 60 minutes. This may be difficult for small children or children who find the MRI frightening. Please inform you doctor if your child is claustrophobic or if you think they will be unable to lie still for the 60 minutes required. Your doctor may need to arrange for your child to have a general anaesthetic for the study. If this is the case special instructions will be given to you.


MRI request forms are available from the Medical Imaging Office phone (08) 8161 7447.

A safety questionnaire must be completed for all patients, prior to the scan.

Patients requiring a general anaesthetic will need admission booking form as well as the MRI request form.


Information sheets for MRI studies and general anaesthesia are available from the Medical Imaging office phone (08) 8161 7447.


Mon - Friday 8.30am-5pm.

Contact details

Unit Head

Head, Paediatric Imaging
Dr Rebecca Linke
Phone (08) 8161 7731

Team Leader CT/MRI
Mr Scott Brown
Phone (08) 8161 6639


Phone (08) 8161 7447


Level 2, Rogerson Building.

Mailing address

Medical Imaging

Women's and Children's Hospital
72 King William Road
North Adelaide
South Australia 5006


Enquiries Ph (08) 8161 6639

Appointments Ph (08) 8161 7447

Fax (08) 8161 6333

Email scott.brown@sa.gov.au

last modified: 24 Mar 2016