FAQ

General

What is the difference between MRI and CT?

Both modalities are able to image in cross section, however they each have their strengths and weaknesses.  CT has better spatial resolution, is very fast and is excellent for looking at bones.  MRI can be more specific and sensitive depending on we are looking for.  It is also very good at looking at soft tissues such as muscle, fat, ligaments, tendons and other organs in the body.  The two pictures shown are of a patient’s neck.  The picture on the left (CT) shows the vertebral bones and back of the skull.  The picture on the right (MRI) shows the spinal cord surrounded by fluid, along with the intervertebral discs, fat, muscles and ligaments.

  

Can I book my own appointment?

Prior to scheduling an appointment you will need to send a requisition to our office. After we have reviewed your doctor’s request, we will call you to discuss the exam and at that time or later we will book an appointment time.

Will someone remind me of my appointment?
We give patients a courteous reminder call two working days prior to their exam.
Are you open evenings and weekends?
No, we are open only during regular hours Monday to Friday and we are closed on statutory holidays.
When will I get my report?

Your report is sent to the referring physician and usually arrives within a week.

Is parking available?

Free parking is available.

Where can I find preparation information?

Instructions for exam preparation can be found on our website. Our office will also provide you with instructions prior to your exam.

MRI

How long will my exam take?

Exams can range from 15 mins to 60 mins depending on what has been requested.

Will I need a driver to drive me after the appointment?

If you require a mild sedative which is provided by your Dr. you will be instructed not to drive for 24 hours.

Can I eat and/or drink?

Unless the area being examined is the abdomen or pelvis there are no dietary restrictions.

What should I wear for the MRI?

It is recommended that you change into our metal free gowns for your exam.

Do I need a doctor’s referral to come to your office?

Yes.

When can I get in for an MRI?

Once we have received all the necessary information we will schedule you for the next appointment available.

How much does an MRI cost?
Costs vary depending on what your physician has ordered. We will need to review the requisition.
How long will it take for my doctor to get the results of the MRI?

The results are generally available within 3 to 5 business days.

If I have an artificial knee can I still have an MRI?

Yes, the metal used for joint replacements is non-ferrous and therefore the magnetic field will not cause any harm.

Are there any health concerns caused by MRI?

To date there are no known harmful effects cause by MRI however the possibility of injury exists if you have any metallic implants.  We subject everyone to rigorous safety screening prior to entering the MRI suite in order to avoid injury.