MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Medicare services fact sheet

About full and partial Medicare-eligible units and MRI MBS (Medicare Benefits Schedule) items.

Page last updated: 17 September 2014

Not all health providers are able to request all MRI services—that means that different services will be requested by different health providers. In addition, not all MRI machines can provide Medicare-eligible services. This fact sheet explains the difference between MRI units and requester rights.


Full and partial Medicare-eligible MRI units

Full Medicare-eligible MRI units may provide all the MRI items listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) with a Medicare rebate for the patient.

Partial Medicare-eligible MRI units may only provide a subset of MRI items listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for which there is a Medicare benefit for the patient as follows:
  • six GP requested items for Patients under the age of 16
  • four GP requested items for Patients 16 years and over
  • five specialist and consultant physician requested cancer staging items and breast screening services for woman at risk and under 50 years of age
  • three modifying items
  • four interim listed PIP Breast MRI items
  • six existing items for Crohn’s disease.

A summary of the requirements for each MRI items is tabled below:
Item Range Status Description Requester Access
63001-63482 Existing items MRI items
  • specialist
  • consultant physician
Full Medicare-eligible
63507-63523 Existing items (introduced 1.11.2012) MRI items for patients under the age of 16
  • Medical practitioners other than specialist or consultant physicians
Full Medicare-eligible; and
partial Medicare-eligible
63464-63476 Existing items Existing Cancer staging & breast screening items
  • specialist; or
  • consultant physician
Full Medicare-eligible; and
Partial Medicare-eligible
63491-63497 Existing items MRI modifying items
  • All medical practitioners
Full Medicare-eligible; and
partial Medicare-eligible
63501 63502 63504 63505 Interim items Interim listed PIP breast MRI
  • All medical practitioners
Any MRI unit (eligible or ineligible) that:

  • is accreditatied under the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS)
  • operates a dedicated breast coil.
63551-63561 Existing Items
(introduced 1.11.2013)
MRI items for all patients 16 years of age and older
  • Medical practitioners other than specialist or consultant physicians
Full Medicare-eligible and
partial Medicare-eligible
63740
63741
63743
63744
63746
63747
Existing Items (introduced 1.11.2014) MRI items for Crohn’s disease
  • Specialist or consultant physician
Full Medicare-eligible; and
partial Medicare-eligible