Melbourne Radiology Clinic
Ground Floor
Suite 3-6, 100 Victoria Parade
East Melbourne VIC 3002
Ph: 03 9667 1667
Fax: 03 9667 1666

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Paediatric MRI – Medicare Rebate Items for GPs

MRI Scans Bulk-Billed

GP Referred MRI Items for Paediatric Patients for Specified Conditions.

At Melbourne Radiology Clinic, the following paediatric (children under 16 years) MRI services referred by a GP are bulk billed as per the below schedule:

paediatric-mri-scans-200-2One of the key initiatives of the Diagnostic Imaging Reform Package is to expand patient access to MRI services across Australia.

This includes extending MRI requesting rights to GPs in order to avoid 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.

Bulk-Billed*
  • MRI Head / Brain

  • Clinical Indications:

    • unexplained seizure(s) and;
    • unexplained headache where significant pathology is suspected
    • paranasal sinus pathology which has not responded to conservative therapy

    GP Referred

    MRI Gallery

Bulk-Billed*
  • MRI Spine - Cervical, Thoracic, Lumbar & Sacral *

  • Clinical Indications:

    • significant trauma
    • unexplained neck or back pain with associated neurological signs
    • unexplained back pain where significant pathology is suspected

    GP Referred:
    *a previous radiographic examination must have been performed

    MRI Gallery

Bulk-Billed*
  • MRI Knee *

  • Clinical Indications:

    • suspected internal joint derangement

    GP Referred:
    *a previous radiographic examination must have been performed

    MRI Gallery

Bulk-Billed*
  • MRI Hip*

  • Clinical Indications:

    • suspected septic arthritis
    • suspected slipped capital femoral epiphysis
    • suspected Perthe’s disease

    GP Referred:
    *a previous radiographic examination must have been performed]

    MRI Gallery

Bulk-Billed*
  • MRI Elbow *

  • Clinical Indications:

    • fracture or avulsion injury is suspected

    GP Referred:
    *a previous radiographic examination must have been performed

    MRI Gallery

Bulk-Billed*
  • MRI Wrist*

  • Clinical Indications:

    • scaphoid fracture is suspected

    GP Referred:
    *a previous radiographic examination must have been performed]

    MRI Gallery

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.

Paediatric Patients not meeting the criteria outlined above are unable to have their MRI expenses claimed from Medicare or any private health fund, so patients or their parents are liable for the entire expense of the MRI examination.

MRI Galleries – Clinical Case Examples.