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Centre for Advanced MRI (CAMRI)

Private Service, Radiology


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.


The Centre for Advanced MRI (CAMRI) was established in 2004, and is located at the University of Auckland’s Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. We are a private facility, offering advanced MRI services to both clinicians and researchers. We are IANZ accredited, and work with a wide range of clients, including District Health Boards, private insurance companies, the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and both University and commercial researchers.

We are an affiliated provider for Southern Cross Healthcare where CAMRI can seek prior approval on your behalf.

CAMRI currently has two Siemens MRI Scanners and one Mock Scanner. In September 2010, CAMRI installed a 3T Siemens Skyra at our imaging centre in the Grafton Campus at Auckland University.  The Skyra has a large 70cm open bore design for greater patient access and comfort. This bore is better able to accommodate larger patients who may not fit in the conventional 60cm bore. The 1.5T Avantofit is located in the Radiology Department at Auckland Hospital and was recently upgraded to the latest platform. 

Both scanners have the latest technology and software options allowing us to provide specialised techniques that are not available in regular private practices.

One of our latest techniques is Liver Lab, a simple test to evaluate fat and iron infiltration in the liver. This is important for monitoring early liver disease, and a possible alternative to a liver biopsy.

Liver Elastography is another new technique for evaluating tissue stiffness, especially useful for assessing liver fibrosis and monitoring disease progression.

Non contrast angiography is available at CAMRI using a technique called QISS. Clients unable to receive an administration of contrast can benefit from this technique by non-invasively imaging the peripheral vascular tree.

Our areas of expertise include cardiac, vascular, neurological, paediatric MRI and advanced liver studies such as FerriScans and MRE Elastography.

We are able cater to our younger patients by providing the opportunity to watch a DVD or listen to a story CD whilst they have their scan. In May 2016, CAMRI commenced regular sessions on the country’s first MRI Mock Scanner. This Mock scanner provides a MRI simulation experience for our younger patients, and any other patients who are anxious about coming for an MRI scan. The sessions involve learning about the MRI scanner and how it moves. A recording of MRI noises is also played in the scanner, enabling our patients to become familiar with the noisy and confined environment of the scanner, reducing the need for general anaesthesia and sedation.

CAMRI is acknowledged by Siemens as their number one cardiac research facility in the world and this close collaboration allows access to the latest equipment and software developments for clinical and advanced research procedures.


Our specialist consultants are all highly qualified in their respective areas which include paediatric, cardiac, vascular and neurological MRI. Our pool of Anaesthetists provides the opportunity for MRI under General Anaesthetic when all other areas have been explored.

Referral Expectations


Medical Professionals can visit our website and refer their patients to us via our secure and confidential online Referral Form. If you have any questions please call our staff, they will be happy to help.


Please discuss with your specialist regarding a referral for an MRI.  A quote, appointment times and insurance details if applicable, can be discussed once we receive the referral form.

Southern Cross Healthcare

We are an Affiliated Provider for Southern Cross Healthcare. Once you have been referred to our centre, our receptionist will contact you to make an appointment. Advise the receptionist that you are a Southern Cross member and provide them with your membership number. We will then contact Southern Cross and arrange prior approval for your MRI scan.  You may need to pay a portion of the fee (Insurance Shortfall) depending on your insurance plan, however we can advise you of this once approval has been given.  If you need further information or advice about Affiliated Providers or your Healthcare Policy contact Southern Cross directly on 0800 800 181 or visit their website www.southerncross.co.nz


 We are also ACC registered and offer imaging services to ACC clients.


Payment for services is expected at the time of the examination.


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Mon – Fri8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

COVID-19 UPDATE: CAMRI continues to operate through all National Alert Levels, including during lockdown to provide clinically urgent and prioritised MRI scans in Auckland.

Please ensure your referral has a recommended timeframe for a scan appointment where possible.  

We have teams on-site each day (though our hours may vary during lockdown).  If you have any questions about an appointment or a referral, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at  or give our friendly Reception team a call on (09) 303 5966.

Please note, as part of COVID-19 health and safety requirements, you will be required to wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser and scan the NZ COVID tracer QR code on your phone or document your visit on the COVID register on entry.

Public Holidays: Closed Labour Day (25 Oct), Waitangi Day (Observed 7/2/22) (7 Feb), Good Friday (15 Apr), Easter Sunday (17 Apr), Easter Monday (18 Apr), ANZAC Day (25 Apr), Queen's Birthday (6 Jun).

Procedures / Treatments

  • Paediatric (General Anaesthetic and non General Anaesthetic)

    Expecting a child to remain still whilst in a noisy environment, can be challenging for our younger patients, and it can be difficult to ensure no movement occurs during the MRI scan.… More

  • Cardiac

    The Centre has a specific interest in congenital heart disease, ventricular function for cardiomyopathy and viability, pericardial disease and flow imaging.… More

  • Abdominal

    Liver lesions at times can be difficult to characterise, however MRI scans and specific liver contrast agents, can provide a more accurate diagnosis.… More

  • Vascular

    MR Angiography evaluates the arteries in the body with the use of a contrast injection - particularly of the head and neck, thoracic and abdominal aorta, the renal arteries, and the legs.… More

  • FerriScan®

    Measurement of liver iron concentration is critical in the management of patients with potentially fatal iron overload conditions.… More

  • Mock Scanner

    The Centre for Advanced MRI (CAMRI) offers a 'Mock Scanner' experience which allows for a test run of what a real scan will be.… More

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The University of Auckland's Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences building is across the road from Auckland City Hospital.

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Spaces for disabled and MRI parking are located in the Boyle Crescent car park. Download the MRI location map for parking directions.

Contact Details

85 Park Road
Basement Level
Building 505
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
University of Auckland

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85 Park Road
Basement Level
Building 505
Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences
University of Auckland

Postal Address

Centre for Advanced MRI
c/- The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

This page was last updated at 12:46PM on September 16, 2021. This information is reviewed and edited by Centre for Advanced MRI (CAMRI).