Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Centre for Advanced MRI - clinical services

The 3T Siemens Skyra (70 cm), and 1.5T Siemens Avanto Tim system MRI scanners, plus a full set of coils, allows imaging of any part of the body. Small regions such as fingers and wrists, to whole body scans can be easily accommodated. The comprehensive range of software allows post processing analysis in specialty imaging.

While we are able to scan any area of the body, our areas of specialty include: cardiac, paediatric, neurological, abdominal and vascular MRA.

Our pool of consultant radiologists are highly qualified in their specific areas of interest. Their combined experience covers all areas of MR imaging from musculoskeletal to cardiac.

Abdominal | BreastCardiacChild entertainment  | General anaesthesia | Musculoskeletal  | Neurological | Paediatric | Vascular



Liver lesions are sometimes difficult to characterise, but with the help of MRI scans and specific liver contrast agents, a more accurate diagnosis can be made.

Iron disorders of the liver can be assessed non-invasively by MRI scanning. Our system has been specifically calibrated to enable quantification of liver iron concentration.

Liver, liver iron studies, MRCP, renal and adrenal scan are part of our standard abdominal imaging protocols.      


The dedicated breast coil allows high resolution evaluation of both breasts simultaneously. Surrounding soft tissues of the chest wall and axillary lymph nodes are also able to be evaluated. MR breast imaging is particularly useful for difficult diagnostic cases such as with patients who have mammographically dense breasts, tumour recurrence and DCIS. Software for contrast analysis provides wash-in/wash-out maps and contrast uptake curves.     


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The Centre has a specific interest in congenital heart disease, ventricular function for cardiomyopathy and viability, pericardial disease and flow imaging. Ventricular function is assessed using 3D software, producing cardiac mass, ventricular volumes and ejection fractions.


Child entertainment

For children that are comfortable and relaxed in the MRI scanner, we are able to offer a DVD movie to watch or a story CD to listen to during the scan.      


General anaesthesia

CAMRI is one of the few MRI facilities in New Zealand fully equipped with general anaesthesia and resuscitation equipment. Our team of anaesthetists, technicians and recovery nurses are fully registered. Their extensive experience enables us to offer the best possible care for your child.



The 3T magnet and dedicated multi-channel coils for hand/wrist, foot/ankle, extremity, and shoulder, enable high resolution imaging of any joint of the body.

MapIt syngo can create inline calculation of parametric maps of T1, T2 and T2* properties of the images tissue. This enhances the evaluation of cartilage in the joints.     




The surgical planning for brain lesions can often be assisted with specialist brain sequences. We are able to offer single voxel, 2D CSI, and 3D CSI spectroscopy, perfusion and diffusion weighted imaging, diffusion tensor/fibre tracking, Arterial spin labelling, Susceptibility weighted imaging, and functional MRI (motor and language tasks).



Asking a child to lie completely still inside a big, noisy scanner for 30-45 minutes can be frightening. Even the smallest amount of movement during an imaging sequence will degrade the images, making a competent diagnosis difficult.

While some children may be able to accommodate these requirements others will require a general anaesthetic to enable the best images to be acquired.      


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High resolution MR Angiography can be performed including TWIST(time resolved 4D angiography), NATIVE syngo, or Time of flight non contrast enhanced angiography. Post processing tools include maximum and minimum intensity projections, surface shaded display, and volume rendering technique.