Referral guidelines

MRI for General Practitioners - person under the age of 16

Item Description
63508 

Head
Scan of the head for any of the following:

  • unexplained seizure
  • unexplained headache where significant pathology is suspected
  • paranasal sinus pathology which has not responded to conservative therapy.
63511

Spine
Scan of the spine following radiographic examination for any of the following:

  • significant trauma
  • unexplained neck or back pain with associated neurological signs
  • unexplained back pain where significant pathology is suspected
63514

Knee
Scan of the knee following radiographic examination for internal joint derangement.

63517

Hip
Scan of the hip following radiographic examination for any of the following:

  • suspected septic arthritis
  • suspected slipped capital femoral epiphysis
  • suspected perthes disease
63520

Elbow
Scan of the elbow following radiographic examination where a significant fracture or avulsion injury is suspected that will change management.

63523

Wrist
Scan of the wrist following radiographic examination where a scaphoid fracture is suspected.

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