New 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. 

South Coast Radiology is the largest and most experienced provider of MRI services on the Gold Coast and Tweed region and has been providing MRI services to the Gold Coat since 1995.  Our Hospital sites at Pindara and John Flynn Hospitals, as well as our facilities at Southport and Robina are staffed by expert MRI Radiologists and Technologists to provide the highest quality and most appropriate imaging and diagnosis to assist patient management.  For our Women's Imaging Centre patients, MRI examinations are performed at our Southport facility on Nerang st.

Further clinical guidelines can be accessed here:

RACGP referral guideline

NPS for Health Professionals

Imaging Pathways WA Government Diagnostic Imaging Algorithm for post traumatic Knee pain

Wide bore MRI for claustrophobic and larger frame patients is available at our Pindara Hospital practice.  Please phone 5597 0677 for further details


  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

Paediatric MRI

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 *

*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.

 Please phone the following South Coast Radiology MRI Locations for GP referred appointments

  • Southport Gold Coast Surgery Centre, 103 Nerang St. Ph: 07 5591 8366
  • Pindara Allchurch Ave., Benowa Ph: 07 5597 0677
  • Robina HQ building, 58 Riverwalk Avenue Ph: 07 5580 9900

 Tugun, John Flynn Hospital MRI is reserved for medical specialist referred MRI examinations