Clinical guidance for MRI referral
The RACGP has released its clinical guidance for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) referral to support the Department of Health’s new MBS-supported referrals for MRI requested by GPs, that came into effect on 1 November.
GPs will now be able to request MRI studies of:
• The head - unexplained seizure(s) or unexplained chronic headache with suspected intracranial pathology;
• The spine (two separate items) - suspected cervical radiculopathy or suspected cervical spine trauma; and
• The knee - following acute knee trauma where there is an inability to extend the knee suggesting an acute meniscal tear or clinical findings suggest the acute anterior cruciate ligament tear.
The clinical guidance, commissioned by the DoH, aims to support GPs’ evidence-based decision making, reduce inappropriate referral and improve patient outcomes for the specific Medicare indications.
GPs and other health professionals can access the clinical guidance for MRI referral free of charge via the RACGP website. The clinical guidance is also accessible via the AMA GP Desktop Practice Support Toolkit.