Bulk billed MRI in town at long last

Broken Hill residents can now enjoy the benefits of bulk billed Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scans through Thrive Medical in the first and only bulk billed MRI service available to locals.

Thrive has achieved accreditation and Medicare registration which means the no-cost-to-patients MRI service to be bulk billed from the November 1, and crucially it means patients no longer need to travel large distances to access bulk billed MRI scans.

It also means patients will have shorter waiting times and doctors easy access to the service – with most Adelaide-based specialists and hospitals having online access to the images, further reducing delays in diagnosis.

Common uses for MRI scans include cancer imaging, joint imaging, prostate and pelvis imaging, as well as brain and spine imaging.

In place for about a year, the new machine has already performed well over 1000 scans, including clients aged from age five years up to around 95 years. The addition now of bulk-billing makes the service even more accessible.

The 1.5T Siemens Magnetom Altea at Thriuve is a $1.7m piece of equipment and is one of the most popular machines of its type on the market.

The significant investment comes after several years of planning by business partners Heather Pearce and Steve Radford.

Mr Radford is a prominent local businessman with a long history of philanthropy and investing in the future of Broken Hill.

Ms Pearce is an occupational therapist who has grown her allied health practice from humble beginnings in Broken Hill to become a busy and bustling multidisciplinary practice.

As with all things associated with Medicare, there are some conditions around referral criteria that are required for bulk billing but the staff at the medical center can be contacted for clarification by phoning the clinic on 08 8087 9383.

Thrive Medical is at 170 Crystal Street.

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