Open Skies can perform all types of MRI with the exception of Breast MRI.
The cost of each exam varies based upon what is requested by your physician. We will need to review your requisition and discuss the examination with you, before giving you a fee or scheduling your exam. For each private MRI exam provided at Open Skies, we provide a second scan to a patient on the public wait list at no charge.
In the province of Saskatchewan the age of majority is 18 years old. All patients who are under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardian to attend Open Skies and perform consent prior to the exam.
If you are scheduled for an abdominal or pelvic MRI it is important that you do not have anything to eat or drink for a minimum of 8 hours prior to your exam. This will be discussed during the preliminary screening phone call.
Likewise, if you are scheduled for an MRI Arthrogram, it is important that you stop all blood thinning medications prior to the day of your exam. If this will present a problem, please consult with your Physician. This will be discussed during the preliminary screening phone call.
Because we use a strong magnetic field, you will not be allowed to wear anything metallic during the exam, so it is best to leave watches, jewelry, or anything else containing metal at home. Parents who wish to stay with their child need to follow these guidelines as well. Medicinal patches will also have to be removed prior to the exam.
Our team, with the help of the open magnet and welcoming environment, has been very successful with imaging Claustrophobic patients but in severe cases, a mild sedative should be prescribed by your Doctor as we do not provide sedatives. If a sedative is required you must not operate a motor vehicle for the following 24 hours so please arrange for transportation.
To help make your experience more enjoyable we are able to provide music during your exam. If you have a favorite playlist or type of music, you are welcome to bring it along or just notify the technologist what genre of music you prefer and he or she will be happy to play it for you.
What To Expect While Attending Open Skies MRI
A number of days prior to your appointment you will receive a phone call from our friendly receptionist. The purpose of this call is to notify you of the appointment and also to go through some preliminary safety screening questions. You will be asked to arrive 30 minutes before your appointment in order for the Technologist to go over the safety screening as well as answer any questions that you might have prior to the start of your exam. Before you enter the scan room you will be asked to change into some metal-free clothes as well as remove any metal or jewelry from your body. Your exam could last anywhere from 15-60 minutes depending on the area of interest and type of pathology in question. The magnet will produce very loud noises during your exam so you will be given some form of hearing protection, either ear plugs or headphones which can play music. Once the exam has been completed it will be sent to the MRI Radiologist for review and reporting. This report will be sent to your Physician within 3-5 business days.
Contraindications for MRI
Strong magnetic fields can be very dangerous if the proper precautions are not taken. Each person who enters the MRI suite is put through a screening process to ensure safety around the magnetic field. Some contraindications are listed below:
Absolute: Cardiac Pacemaker, External Pacer Wires, Deep Brain Implant, Tissue Expanders
Possible: Cardiac Stent, Cardiac Valve, Aneurysm Clip, Mechanical Infusion Pump, Drug Infusion Device, Previous Gun Shot Wound, Permanent Piercings, Pregnancy.