MRI is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnets, radio waves and specialized computer software to produce images of the body. The system is capable of performing high resolution neurological (brain and spinal cored) imaging, functional imaging, cardiac imaging, magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), spectroscopy, breath-hold abdominal imaging and much more.
MRI Booking Requests
Requests for MRI information and/or services are accepted from a specialist only.
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Physicians please contact 306-655-2412
What is MRI?
A powerful magnet generates a magnetic field roughly 10,000 times stronger than the pull of the earth. The hydrogen protons within the body will align with this field. When focused radio frequency pulses of a certain frequency are broadcast toward the aligned hydrogen protons, they precess, then begin relaxing, then emit a signal that is picked up by the receiver coils. These signals are converted to an image similar to 'slices' of the body or can be reconstructed to form a three-dimensional image. There is no ionizing radiation used to produce MRI images.
You may be required to lay on your back from 30 minutes up to 2 hours. Some examinations require the injection of a MRI contrast agent. Following the examination you may resume all of your normal activities that you were doing prior to the MRI.
Occasionally, patients will feel confined or claustrophobic in the magnet cylinder and may require reassurance and oral sedation to minimize this sensation. Infants and small children usually require a general anesthetic in order to hold still long enough to have this examination.
How do I prepare for my MRI?