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Diagnostic Imaging section (click for Health home page)

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 September 30, 2014

Wait time information from the Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region (RQHR) is currently unavailable due to the recent implementation of a new information system (RIS) and the Picture Archiving and Communication system.

The Ministry continues to work with its regional partners to collect and report wait time information based on the nationally-agreed-upon measurement standards for diagnostic imaging, and is expecting to be able to resume reporting wait times for RQHR in December 2014.

 MRI Wait Times (Days)

Urgency Level

Level 2

Level 3

Level 4





Average Wait Time

 Not Available 

 Not Available 

Not Available 





Average Wait Time 




Target Wait Time

 Within 7 days

 Within 30 days

 Within 90 days

Wait times include all inpatient and outpatient procedures for patients aged 18 and over. Follow-up scans are not included.

Wait times are not available for a mobile MRI operated by Alberta Health Services that visits Lloydminster one week in every five.

Urgency Classifications

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 four urgency levels.

Wait time targets for when the exam should be conducted:

  • Level 1- Emergency:  Targeted wait time: within 24 hours
    Examples: Traumatic spinal cord injuries and brain hemorrhage.
  • Level 2- Urgent:  Targeted wait time: 2 - 7 days
    Examples: Suspected brain lesions and chest tumours.
  • Level 3- Semi-Urgent:  Targeted wait time: 8 - 30 days
    Examples: Spine lesions and  congenital heart disease.
  • Level 4- Non-Urgent:  Targeted wait time: 31 - 90 days
    Examples: Chronic joint pain and investigation of dementia.
Related Links

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.

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