Patient Information

What is an MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses a combination of a strong magnetic field, radio waves with similar frequencies to those of FM radio stations and powerful computers to obtain detailed pictures of the body without using x-rays.

Because of the high level of accuracy of the images the technology offers and the safety of the imaging technique, it is the method of choice for the diagnosis of many types of injuries and conditions.

Clinical referrals

Your GP or Specialist will usually send us your referral details. Please call us to make an appointment if you have not already been advised of a date.

If you are claiming with Southern Cross your referral must be from a Private Specialist and we require your membership number at the time of the booking.

The Centre for Advanced MRI is an Affiliated Provider for Southern Cross Healthcare. Find out more


Many MRI exams require no preparation. However, for some types of scans you may be asked to not eat or drink for four hours prior to your test. Cardiac scans require that you have no caffeine for 24 hours prior.

Continue to take any medication you would normally take as directed by your doctor. If you are diabetic, please follow instructions in your appointment letter.

You will be required to fill in a Safety and Consent Sheet and bring that in with you, this is sent with your appointment letter.

Find out further information on what happens during your scan ?


Download Safety and Consent Sheet


Our Location

The Centre for Advanced MRI is located in the Auckland suburb of Grafton. We have rooms in the University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences building, across the road from the Auckland Hospital, and within the Radiology Department of Auckland Hospital.

Centre for Advanced MRI

Located in basement of Building 505
85 Park Road
Grafton, Auckland

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