MBS updates

The latest Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) information.

MBS updates

The latest Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) information.

MRI whole body

March 2023 - New item code for whole body MRI for the early detection of cancer.

MRI pelvis/abdomen for fertility and endometriosis

November 2022 - New item code (63563) for MRI of the pelvis for conditions that affect women’s fertility.

MRI for multiple pregnancy

November 2022 - New MRI item code (63549) for women with a multiple pregnancy where fetal abnormality is suspected.

MRI Liver

November 2022 (updated July 2023)- item 63545 now eligible for patients with any oncological indication, other than hepatocellular carcinoma, with suspected hepatic metastases.

Breast imaging

As of November 2022 - A quick reference guide to breast imaging item numbers.

MRI for myocarditis

January 2022 - 31 December 2024: New item code for cardiac MRI to assist diagnosis of myocarditis that may occur after vaccination with the mRNA COVID-19 vaccines Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Spikevax (Moderna).

PET for Alzheimer’s Disease

November 2021 – New item code for FDG PET study of the brain, performed for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease.

Nuclear cardiology

As part of the MBS review of cardiac imaging services, new myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) items and descriptions were introduced on 1st August, 2020.

To assist practitioners, we have developed a myocardial perfusion image request.

Obstetric ultrasound

January 2021 - Quick reference guide to obstetric ultrasound

CT Angiography pulmonary arteries and vascular ultrasound

November 2020 - New item code for CT Angiography Pulmonary Arteries and correction to vascular ultrasound restrictions

Gastrointestinal MRI

June 2020 - A quick reference guide to item numbers for gastrointestinal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies.

CT Angiography

May 2020 - Changes to guidelines for GPs referring computed tomography (CT) angiography

Prostate biopsy MRI

May 2020 - Prostate biopsy guided by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

MRI for breast cancer imaging

November 2019 - MRI for breast cancer imaging (Specialist referral)

PET for breast cancer imaging

November 2019 - PET for the evaluation of breast cancer (Specialist referral)

MRI of the liver and Obstetric MRI

May 2019 

MRI of the liver (Specialist or consultant physician referral)

Obstetric MRI (Obstetrician referral)

GP referred MRI

November 2018 - Medicare Rebated MRI with GP Referral Children and Adults

Multiparametric MRI of the prostate

July 2018 - New MBS Items for multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging(mpMRI) of the prostate

Whole body 68Ga DOTA peptide PET

May 2018 - Whole body 68Ga DOTA peptide PET study (Referred only by specialist or consultant physician)

Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD)

November 2017 - Bone Mineral Densitometry (DEXA)

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