Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced medical imaging technique that provides very clear images of the human anatomy, without the use of radiation. Instead, it uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to generate images.

It’s a quick and painless exam, which helps diagnose diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, abdomen and soft tissues.

In Calgary, MRIs are offered as a private fee-for-service.

In Regina, we provide MRIs as a publicly funded, community-based service under contract with the Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region and as a private fee-for-service. Private MRI services in Saskatchewan follow provincial guidelines.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Please tell your technologist if you are, or think you could be, pregnant.
  • The bed we use has a maximum weight capacity of 227 kilograms (500 pounds).
  • Because the MRI machine is a large magnet we need to ensure any metal on or in your body will not move during this exam. We do this by ensuring all metal is graded MRI safe. Please be sure to let your MRI technologist know if you have any of the following:
    • Cardiac pacemaker
    • Artificial heart valve
    • Metal plate, pin or other metallic implant
    • Intrauterine device
    • Aneurysm clip(s)
    • Shrapnel from a prior gunshot or work-related injury
    • Injury to the eyes involving metal
    • Infusion pump
    • Permanent eyeliner tattoo
    • Body piercings
    • Implanted drug infusion device/insulin pump

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT YOUR EXAM

Click on your exam below to find out how to prepare, what happens during your exam and where it’s offered.

Our Technology

Our advanced MRI system from GE Healthcare, the Optima* MR450w 1.5T, is designed to maximize comfort and deliver uncompromised imaging capability. Its features include:

  • A 70 cm wide bore for extra space.
  • Comfortable cushions to alleviate pressure points.
  • Feet-first imaging.
  • SILENT Scan software that helps reduce noise by up to 99 percent.