Quick answers

Quick access to all Diagnostic imaging under Medicare short answer fact sheets and guidance material.

Page last updated: 08 April 2020

Electronic Requests for Diagnostic Imaging Services

General request requirements
Medicare benefits are not payable for diagnostic imaging services that are classified as R-type (requested) services unless, prior to commencing the relevant service, the practitioner receives a request from a requesting practitioner who determined the service was necessary.

Electronic Requesting
The Electronic Transactions Act 1999 allows for documents required by law to be in writing, to instead be provided electronically in a range of circumstances.  Diagnostic imaging requests may be made by email or other electronic medium, either directly to the imaging practice (with the patient’s consent), or via the patient, as long as:

  • the recipient agrees to the request being made in that form;
  • it would be accessible for subsequent reference; and
  • it contains the information prescribed as for requests made in writing.

Note: There is no requirement for a diagnostic imaging request to be signed.

Full details on requesting diagnostic imaging services can be viewed in the Explanatory Notes in MBS Category 5: Diagnostic Imaging Services.

Diagnostic Imaging Services Table

Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) Medicare items fact sheet
From 1 November 2014, Medicare Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) dental items 57362 and 57363 have changed. This fact sheet explains how.

Diagnostic radiology fact sheet
People who perform diagnostic imaging procedures (including x-ray, angiography and fluoroscopy) are now required to hold minimum qualifications. This fact sheet explains the minimum qualification requirements.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

GP-requested MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) services
About the MRI Medicare items that GPs (General Practitioners) can request.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) FAQ
Frequently asked questions (FAQs) about MRI including questions and answers about access to services, costs, limitations, eligibility and process.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) breast services Q&A
About MRI Medicare-subsidised services for Australian women under the age of 50 who are at a high risk of breast cancer. No symptoms necessary.

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) Medicare Services
This fact sheet lists and describes all Medicare-subsidised MRI) services including direct links to item information, a brief description of the service, who can request and who can provide.

Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme

Medical Imaging Accreditation Program (MIAP) fact sheet
About recognition of the Medical Imaging Accreditation Program under the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS).

Location Specific Practice Numbers (LSPNs) fact sheet
How to register a LSPN with Medicare under the Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme.

Regaining accreditation fact sheet
How previously accredited practices may regain accreditation against the full suite of Diagnostic Imaging Accreditation Scheme (DIAS) practice accreditation standards.

Information required by accreditors fact sheet
Accreditors accept applications for accreditation, perform audits, liaise with relevant authorities and decide accreditation. This fact sheet is about the information they collect, how and why.

Selecting or changing accreditors fact sheet
How to choose and change accreditors.

Diagnostic imaging quality assurance

Equipment, Medicare and diagnostic imaging
Capital Sensitivity is intended to encourage practices to regularly upgrade and replace, as appropriate, their equipment to help to ensure that patients have access to high quality diagnostic imaging services. Find out about Capital Sensitivity in this fact sheet.

In this section