X-Ray & Imaging marked a significant milestone today, examining the first patients in our new, state-of-the-art 3T MRI machine.

If you’ve visited us at Caloundra recently, you may have noticed some construction taking place as our MRI department underwent significant upgrades.

X-Ray & Imaging’s newest piece of imaging equipment, which is used to diagnose a range of conditions including brain tumours, soft tissue injuries, multiple sclerosis, and infections, was part of a $2 million upgrade plan to our MRI department and provide the Caloundra, and the wider Sunshine Coast community, access to the latest in imaging technology.

The recently installed Siemens MAGNETOM Lumina 3T MRI provides exceptional image quality and an improved patient-friendly experience.

Operational Manager, Shaun O’Rourke, said the X-Ray & Imaging team are delighted to have access to the latest and greatest in MRI technology, and look forward to continuing to provide exceptional care to our patients, and enhanced image quality to our referrers.

“The new MRI technology has a number of benefits to our patients, including higher resolution images and faster scanning time,” Shaun said. This scanner also has a wider opening accommodating people of all sizes and allowing for a more comfortable and less stressful experience for any patients who suffer from claustrophobia.’

Operations Manager, Shaun O’Rourke, with the recently installed Siemens MAGNETOM Lumina 3T MRI at Caloundra.

The latest in innovations and technologies allows patients to be in and out of the exam faster, and the precise quality of imaging produced provides referring doctors and allied health professionals with the confidence to make a clear diagnosis.

This machine has been granted a GP Medicare licence, meaning certain MRI examinations referred by a GP are eligible to be bulk billed. For more information on Medicare eligible GP referred MRI criteria, visit

As we honour our commitment to offer accessible imaging services to the Sunshine Coast community, we will continue to strive to keep waiting times to a minimum by extending our opening hours as required. Late night appointments will also be available once a week to those patients who are unable to attend during normal opening hours.