Your Procedure

When arranging your appointment, our staff will advise you of the preparation procedures you will be required to perform prior to your test. 

If you have any questions related to any of the preparations, please contact us on 07 3834 6125.

At Brisbane Private Imaging we offer state of the art technology across MRI, CT, Ultrasound and general X-ray. 

At Brisbane Private Imaging our team of radiologists attempt to ensure a same day service for all reports. Occasionally, with the more complex examinations this may not be possible.


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MRI Scanner

Our 3T wide aperture, short bore Siemens MRI Scanner is the most technologically advanced MRI scanner within the clinical market. It is also the most patient friendly MRI scanner available due to its speed of imaging and wider patient aperture. This combines to allow shorter scan times in a more comfortable environment for the patient. The scanner is ideal for larger patients and for people who suffer from claustrophobia.

CT Scanner

Our CT scanner is a 64-slice scanner which produces very high resolution images at the lowest radiation dose possible. Cardiac imaging including CT coranary angiography and calcification scores are performed.

General X-Ray Including specialised Orthopaedic views

Brisbane Private Imaging can also perform Long Spine and Long Leg X-Ray imaging, OPG (Orthopantomogram) and Cephalography. No patient preparation is required for these X-Ray examinations. 

Brisbane Private Imaging perform limited Angiography procedures as an emergency Inpatient service.

Facet Joint Blocks

This is a procedure designed to be both diagnostic (to confirm the clinical impression of facet related pain) and therapeutic (to treat the pain). Pain relief following this procedure is variable depending on the exact cause of the pain. This procedure is performed using CT or fluoroscopic guidance.

Following local anaesthesia, the spinal needle is inserted into position.  Once in position, a long acting anaesthetic and cortisone is injected into the facet joint. Some discomfort, usually mild, may be experienced when the medication is being injected.

Complications such as bruising or infection are uncommon. Every precaution is taken to prevent complications.  Occasionally there may be some weakness in the lower limbs for a few hours. This has no long-term effect. It is important to realise that pain in the neck and back may arise from multiple locations. This procedure assists your doctor in finding where your pain is arising from in you back and planning the best management for you.

You will be given a pain assessment chart to take home to complete. You should show this to your referring doctor at your next appointment with your doctor. Should you have any further questions regarding the procedure do not hesitate to ask the radiologist before the procedure is undertaken.


An arthrogram is a procedure where x-ray and MRI contrast is injected into a joint to obtain diagnostic information usually in association with an MRI or occasionally CT.  It is necessary to image the joint using x-ray fluoroscopy. A needle is placed into the joint using aseptic technique. X-ray contrast confirms that the needle is in the joint prior to MR specific contrast being injected.  This can cause pressure or mild discomfort in the joint for a short time.  You will then be taken to the MRI or CT room where your scan will be performed.

Complications are rare and include  infection, bruising and reaction to medication. Every precaution will be taken to minimise  complications. You are advised not to drive yourself after the procedure so please organise alternative transport.

Bone Mineral Densitometry

BPI have a newly installed GE Lunar Prodigy Bone Mineral Densitometry unit, which provides precise data on soft tissue and bone composition, bone-mineral density (BMD), lean and fat tissue mass and percentage of fat. Please contact our friendly staff for bookings.

Dental Imaging

Bulk billing offered for all OPG and Lateral Cephalograms. No booking necessary

Insertion of a Central Venous Catheter

These catheters are inserted using ultrasound and x-ray guidance.  Local anaesthetic will be used to minimise discomfort.

The procedure usually takes between 30– 45 minutes.

Complications are uncommon. Mild bruising at the entry site may occur.The procedure is undertaken using aseptic technique to minimise infection.

These catheters are designed for those needing chemotherapy, long term IV access or long term therapy. Please ask the staff looking after you today any questions you may have regarding this procedure.


This test is requested to assist your doctor diagnose the exact nature of you back pain and to offer you the most effective treatment. This test may distinguish whether your pain arises from the intervertebral discs in the spine and specifically which discs.

A Radiologist, using image guidance will place a needle in the intervertebral discs suspected of causing your pain. Your disc will then be injected with contrast mixed with an antibiotic. You will  be asked to describe the sensation you feel in your back immediately following the injection. The sensation caused by the injection may be the same or similar pain compared with your usual back pain, a pressure sensation or a discomfort that is different to your usual pain.

A CT of the discs will be performed following the procedure.

Prior to the procedure you will be given an IV antibiotic and some sedation to maximise your safety and comfort.

Every precaution is taken to minimise the risks associated procedure which include infection, increased pain or reaction to medications. Following the procedure, you will remain in the recovery area for at least 2 hours. You must have someone with you when you leave the department and you should  NOT DRIVE FOR 24 HRS.

Epidural Injection

This procedure has been requested to relieve your back and leg pain. A Radiologist will use CT to guide a needle into your spine. When the needle is in the correct position you will be injected with a mixture of a long acting local anaesthetic and a corticosteroid.

Complications are uncommon but include temporary leg weakness, infection and headache. The procedure is performed with CT guidance and aseptic technique to minimise the possibility of complications.

 You are advised not to drive for 6 hours following the procedure.

Hysterosalpingogram (HSG)

An HSG is a procedure to image your uterus and fallopian tubes. 

The Doctor will gently insert a speculum( similar to having a pap smear).  He will then place a small catheter into the cervix and introduce a special contrast, specifically used for this study, called lipiodol.  The contrast will outline the uterine cavity and the fallopian tubes.


You will need to be between days 1 and 10 of your menstrual cycle,after menstruation has ceased.  We are unable to perform the HSG outside of this timeframe, due to the possibility of pregnancy, unless your referring doctor determines otherwise.

Conscious sedation

Conscious sedation is the administration of a sedative, to enable you to tolerate a procedure more effectively.  You will not be unconscious but you will be sleepy and may not even remember the procedure.

Possible side effects include;

  • Allergic reaction
  • Nausea
  • Temporary amnesia (memory loss)
  • Nervous system disturbance
  • Cardio-respiratory problems

A registered nurse will closely monitor you throughout the procedure.

 For the next 24 hours you should not:

  •  drive a vehicle or operate machinery
  •  drink alcohol as this may make you drowsy again.
  •  sign legal documents
You should:
  • Take extra care as a pedestrian
  • Have a responsible carer with you




A drain is a catheter which is inserted into a collection of fluid.

Following an injection of local anesthetic, a Radiologist will insert a small drain through the skin into the collection of fluid to be drained.  This is done under imaging guidance.  The fluid may be drawn off with a syringe and then the catheter removed or the tube may be left in place and attached to a bag to allow free drainage of the fluid.

If the drain is to be left in place, you may need to be admitted to hospital overnight.  This is determined by your treating Doctor and the amount of fluid to be drained.

This procedure usually takes 15 – 30 minutes and is not usually painful.

It is important that you are aware of the risks involved in having the procedure. We take every precaution to prevent complications from occurring.

These include:

  • Infection
  • Internal bleeding.  This is rare, but it is possible that the bleeding may be severe enough to require a blood transfusion or even surgery.
  • Damage to surrounding structures



Nerve Root Sheath Block

A nerve root  block is a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure performed by a Radiologist under imaging guidance.The aim is to temporarily block the sensory function of a specific nerve, to investigate whether it is involved in causing your symptoms and to deliver anti inflammatory medication to this site.

The Radiologist places a needle next to the nerve using CT guidance. Local anaesthetic and corticosteroid are then injected. This may cause  discomfort along this nerve for a few seconds.

You may experience some short term weakness or numbness after your procedure as a result of the anaesthetic. You will be kept in the department until you can walk safely.  You should not drive for 6 hours following the procedure.

Potential complications are rare but include infection, bruising or reaction to the medication. Every precaution is taken to prevent complications occurring.

Medial Branch Block (MBB)

A Medial Branch Block (MBB) is a purely diagnostic procedure performed by a Radiologist using image guidance.

The procedure involves an injection of a long acting anaesthetic to the nerves that supply the facet joints in your spine. You will be asked to monitor your response to these injections on a self assessment form for the following six hours. The assessment form is then taken back to your referring doctor. If the pain in your spine/neck/head is coming from the facet joints supplied by the injected nerves, you can expect temporary pain relief for up to 12  hours. If you do not get pain relief, this is also important information for your doctor.

You should not drive for 6 hours following the procedure. Uncommon potential complications are infection or bruising. Every precaution is taken to prevent complications occurring.