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Pegasus Health has formed a partnership with the Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) and Radiology providers to provide direct referral from general practitioners (GPs) to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for knee, cervical, and lumbar spine injuries.  

This service aims to: 

  • Reduce patient wait times 
  • Improve the quality of referrals 
  • Improve equity of access to treatment 
  • Reduce travel time,  particularly for rural ACC patients.

Training Information 

MRI clinical training 

  1. Total of two hours over one evening.
  2. Delivered by a multi-disciplinary team.
  3. There is no payment for attendance.
  4. Available at a number of sites around South Island, including rural locations, with the exception of Otago.
  5. General practitioners can enrol via the 'Express Your Interest' form below.

To qualify for this service, GPs are required to complete a two hour clinical training module conducted by a multi-disciplinary team.

Pegasus invites all interested general practitioners from any PHO to express their interest by completing the form below. 

All sessions will take place from 6:00pm – 8:00pm at Sports Central, 591 Colombo Street, Central Christchurch. Dinner and refreshments provided. 

Please complete the form below.

Express your interest

Please fill the form below and select your choice of session. On submissions, your choice will be emailed to the Project Manager.


ACC GP MRI-accredited providers can make the following claims via ACC GP MRI section of the Pegasus Claims Online: 

Post MRI Claim: 
  • Only one claim can be made per body part. Where more than two MRIs are ordered for different body parts, two separate claims are required with the same ACC number. 
  • Date of injury will precede the post-MRI consult date 
  • Claimable only for GPs who have completed the ACC GP MRI training 

The Unclaimed Scans Icon, if selected on the Claims Online platform, will display any MRI scans performed under the GP MRI service, for which a Post MRI Claim has not been claimed. 

Clinical Guidelines 

ACC GP MRI Training Session 

Please make yourself familiar with the specific joint examinations below. It is acknowledged that these are not comprehensive examinations and professional experience may dictate alternative or additional tests. Clinical judgment should be used at all times.   

(Click on the links below to access flowcharts and specific tests) 

MRI is only available after following the clinical guidelines given in the flowcharts below: 

  1. Cervical spine (PDF, 473 KB)
  1. Lumbar spine (PDF, 566 KB)
  1. Knee (PDF, 752 KB)
  1. Shoulder (PDF, 571 KB)

Clinical Examinations 


Assess for ACL/PCL or meniscal injury 

  1. Sweep test (physio-pedia.com)
  1. Extension 
  1. Flexion 
  1. Anterior Drawer test (physio-pedia.com)
  1. Posterior Drawer test (physio-pedia.com)
  1. Valgus stress (thestudentphysicaltherapist.com)
  1. Varus stress (thestudentphysicaltherapist.com)
  1. Lachman’s test (physio-pedia.com)

Watch a video on ACC High Tech Imaging MRI Training - Knee (vimeo.com)

Cervical Spine

Assess for radicular pain and/or radiculopathy 

  1. Flexion 
  1. Lateral rotation L&R 
  1. Extension 
  1. Spurling’s test (physio-pedia.com) (axial compression) 
  1. Sharp Purser test (physio-pedia.com)
  1. Myotomes (nzgp-webdirectory.co.nz)
  • Deltoid- (keep arms out at shoulders 90 degrees) C5 
  • Biceps C6 
  • Triceps (arms out 90 degrees at shoulders elbows bent- extend elbows) C7 
  • Curl fingers and grip C8 
  • Keep fingers spread T1 
  1. Dermatomes 
  • Over deltoid C5 
  • Thenar eminence C6 
  • Middle finger C7 
  • Lateral border of hand C8 
  • Lateral border of forearm T1 
  1. Reflexes 
  • Biceps C5/6 
  • Triceps C7/8 

Watch a video on ACC High Tech Imaging MRI Training - Neck (vimeo.com)


  1. Range of Movement 
  • Passive abduction /adduction 
  • Passive extension/ Flexion 
  • Resisted ROM as above 
  • Lift off behind back passive + resisted 
  • External rotation (capsulitis) 
  • Arm cross over front (ACJ) 
  1. Instability/Apprehension test / Re-location (physio-pedia.com)
  1. Jobe test (empty can) (physio-pedia.com)
  1. Hawkins Kennedy test (physio-pedia.com) Neer test (physio-pedia.com)

Watch a video on ACC High Tech Imaging MRI Training - Shoulder (vimeo.com)

Lumbar Spine  

Assess for radicular pain and/or radiculopathy 

  1. Assess gait – look for a shift, usually to contralateral side (worse prognosis if ipsilateral) 
  1. Sit on chair (comfort level) 
  1. Take shoes off (comfort level) 
  1. Walk on heels L4 
  1. Walk on tip toes S1 
  1. Straight leg raising (<70 degrees is +ve) 
  1. Slump test (physio-pedia.com)
  1. Reproduction of pain 
  1. Sensation- dermatomes – compare opposite side 
  • Across upper thigh L2 
  • Inner aspect lower thigh /knee L3 
  • Inner aspect of heel L4 
  • Between big and next toe L5 
  • Sole S1 
  1. Lie prone and palpate back – for patient satisfaction “actually examined my back”  

Watch a video on ACC High Tech Imaging MRI Training - Back (vimeo.com)

Contact us

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Dr Akshey Shukla

Strategic Business Development Manager, Pegasus Health

Email: hti@pegasus.health.nz

Phone: 03 379 1739

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For non-acute clinical support enquiries, send an email to the clinical lead


ACC is taking a phased approach and eventually, ACC wants to offer this access to all GPs but it is important to start off (first stage/2018) with organisations which can mobilise through existing IT platforms. The plan is to work up the distribution through the identified PHOs (Pinnacle, Pegasus, Compass, ProCare) and follow that with implementation in other PHOs (stage 2/2019 onwards). 

GPs through community practices provide the medical home of the client and coordinate much of their health care. GPs are familiar with using diagnostic tests and considering the wider health conditions in planning care. GP practice management systems allow for monitoring of MRI use and electronic referral. It's a good place to start. 

Physiotherapists are the experts in primary care treatment of musculoskeletal injuries. However, the current IT infrastructures used to administer access are not sufficiently robust across most physio clinics. ACC envisions tighter integration across primary care and ultimately shared care planning. 

Clients will pay a co-payment as usual for their first visit BUT their follow up visit to the GP to discuss the outcome of the scan and plan their rehabilitation will not have a co-payment at this stage. There is no co-payment for the HTI itself.

Yes. GPs in our proof of concept have shown that with some specific training at the outset, they are well equipped to manage the clinical pathway and decision-making.

No, only MRI scans are included. CT scans are outside of the scope of this programme.

Clients will experience a more streamlined, coherent support from their GP when they present with injuries that are not resolving with usual care. It is our expectation that clients will have access to specialist care more quickly when they need to and will feel confident going to physio for active rehabilitation on the advice of their GP.

For uncertain diagnosis or consideration of surgical management specialists are certainly the appropriate choice. However, many injuries can be managed in primary care with the right resources and access to appropriate care. Pathways jointly developed by specialists and GPs in the programme support patient care. 

This was an important issue to understand for the proof of concept but it seems that the pathway actually prevents some unnecessary referrals to specialists and probably contributes to “better value” specialist clinics. We have not seen the specialists inundated with clients worried about unexpected findings on their scan. 

So far, GPs in conjunction with radiology colleagues have been managing the conversations about the results of the scan.

Orthopaedic, sports medicine and neurosurgical specialists contributed alongside radiologists and GPs to the development of the pathway. NZOA, the knee society, the spinal society and the shoulder and elbow group have provided feedback and important suggestions for pathway improvement. The pathway is a “living” document. 

This was also an important issue to understand for the proof of concept (PoC). The PoC has shown that the ability to have results returned in a timely manner enables GPs to be able to make management decisions without having to reassess, re-confirm patient circumstances and spend significant time following up (as their patient assessment is still very recent). This is best for the patient journey and outcome and as such GP feedback from the PoC has been that the ability to utilise MRI has offset any additional time required. 

The claim form is available on Pegasus World, alternatively a request can be made to Service Desk. The final form has to be filled and then faxed to Pegasus.

The clinical pathway is not for acute injury, so usually there has had to be approval first. There has had to be an x-ray in the pathway first funded by ACC so this also usually is preceded by approval.

No, the claim has to be accepted prior to referral for MRI, usually the time period in the clinical pathways is enough to get the claim accepted. Currently, the patient has to inform the GP if the claim has been accepted.