Diagnostic Imaging - Wait Time Information
MRI Wait Times (Magnetic Resonance Imaging )
All wait times are measured in days. Level 1 (emergent) cases are done within 24 hours of referral and are not included below.
Wait times as of June 30, 2013
Wait times include all inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients aged 18 and over. Follow-up scans are not included.
Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region reports MRI wait times in 50th percentile (median) and 90th percentile (90% of exams completed within that number of days).
Saskatoon Health Region reports average wait times, as it is currently unable to provide wait times at the 50th and 90th percentiles.
Wait times are not available for a mobile MRI operated by Alberta Health Services that visits Lloydminster one week in every five.
Saskatchewan uses urgency classifications to ensure that patients who need an MRI exam receive it in a timely manner. The more urgent your exam, the sooner you will receive it. Likewise, if your exam is considered non-urgent, you may wait longer depending on the number of other exams that are of a more urgent nature.
There are 4 urgency levels, each with a wait time target for when the exam should be conducted. They are:
Level 1- Emergency: Targeted wait time: within 24 hours
Level 2- Urgent: Targeted wait time: 2 - 7 days
Level 3- Semi-Urgent: Targeted wait time: 8 - 30 days
Level 4- Non-Urgent: Targeted wait time: 31 - 90 days
MRI creates cross sectional images (slices) of the interior of the body using a magnetic field and a radio frequency field without the use of x-rays. MRI has broad applications but is especially useful in the brain, spine, and the bones and muscles of the limbs.
Concerned about how long you may have to wait to get your exam? These pages will provide you with wait times for CT, MRI and BMD tests.