Rationing MRI machines 'makes no sense', inquiry told

MRIs should be available to all patients on the basis of clinical need, says leading radiologist

Government restrictions on access to MRI scanners is skewing referral patterns, putting children at greater risk of cancer, and impacting on patients’ health, a Senate inquiry has been told.


MRI is a “one-stop shop for diagnosis”, but restrictions means it is severely underutilised in Australia compared with other similar OECD countries, Dr Greg Slater, president of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR) told a public hearing in Brisbane.

“The current [licensing] system of limiting Medicare rebates to