General practitioner-referred magnetic resonance imaging for musculoskeletal conditions: not a substitute for plain x-ray

Sam L Francis, Nicole Williams and Peter J Cundy
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (10): . || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01403
Published online: 1 June 2015

To the Editor: In November 2012, the Australian Government extended requesting rights for Medicare-eligible magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to general practitioners for “a small set of clinically appropriate indications”1 in patients under the age of 16 years. The purpose was

  • Sam L Francis1
  • Nicole Williams1,2
  • Peter J Cundy2

  • 1 University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.
  • 2 Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide, SA.

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