Referral guidelines

Referral guidelines for allied health

Physiotherapists and osteopaths

The following items are Medicare eligible for physiotherapists and osteopaths. X-ray of the:

Item Description 
57712 hips
57715 pelvis
58100 cervical spine 
58103 thoracic spine
58106 lumbar spine
58109 sacrum and coccyx                                                                   
58112 two region spine
58121* three region spine
58120*  four region spine

*benefit allowable for only one of the items, per patient, per calendar year

Non rebateable items

Benson Radiology welcomes non Medicare-eligible musculoskeletal ultrasound scans from physiotherapists where the areas being imaged are of clinical interest.

Availability of MRI

Benson Radiology also accepts non Medicare-eligible MRI scans of the spine and musculoskeletal areas. These scans are available at City West, Christies Beach, Ashford, North Adelaide, Mount Gambier Hospital and Salisbury clinics.

Chiropractors

The following items are Medicare eligible for chiropractors. X-ray of the:

Item Description
57712 hips
57715 pelvis
58100 cervical spine
58103 thoracic spine
58106 lumbar spine
58109 sacrum and coccyx
58112  two region spine                                                

As of 1 November 2017, 3 and 4 region spines no longer attract a Medicare rebate.

Should more than 2 regions be clinically required, they will be imaged at an additional private fee, non-rebateable by Medicare.

Non rebateable items

Benson Radiology welcomes non Medicare-eligible musculoskeletal ultrasound scans from chiropractors where the areas being imaged are of clinical interest.

Availability of MRI

Benson Radiology also accepts non Medicare-eligible MRI scans of the spine and musculoskeletal areas. These scans are available at City West, Christies Beach, Ashford, North Adelaide, Mount Gambier Hospital and Salisbury clinics.

Podiatrists

The following items are Medicare eligible for podiatrists:

Item Description
55836 ultrasound ankle or hind foot
55840 ultrasound mid foot or fore foot
55844 ultrasound mass - skin or subcutaneous structures
57521 x-ray ankle, foot, lower leg (below the knee)
57527 x-ray left 2 or more regions (below the knee)

Non rebateable items

Benson Radiology welcomes non-Medicare eligible ultrasound of the lower leg from podiatrists. We also accept guided injections of the foot and ankle.

Availability of MRI

Benson Radiology also accepts non Medicare-eligible MRI scans of the lower leg, ankle and foot. These scans are available at City West, Christies Beach, North Adelaide, Ashford, Mount Gambier Hospital and Salisbury clinics.