Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an advanced tool, which uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and specialized computers to create highly-detailed images of the internal bony structures and soft tissues of the body. These MRI images are used to diagnose abnormalities and pathology in your brain, spine, and musculoskeletal system, as well as organs in the abdomen and pelvis. MR Angiography is also performed to examine blood vessels.

This non-invasive procedure does not involve ionizing radiation (X-rays). However, it sometimes requires the use of an intravenous contrast (dye), which is exceptionally safe.

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Patient preparation

  • For abdominal scans, do not eat after 12 midnight before the day of the examination. For pelvic scans, do not eat or drink four hours prior to examination.
  • Bring all previous films done outside our facility.

  • If you have ever done any metal work, such as welding, grinding or cutting, or have had an injury to your eye involving metal, please contact the MRI department as you will be required to have orbit (eye) X-rays prior to your examination.

  • If you require sedation because of claustrophobia please contact your referring physician and bring your medication with you on the day of your examination. You will also be unable to drive yourself home so please ensure someone accompanies you.

  • Remove all body piercings.

  • If you do not speak English, please arrange to have a translator present, otherwise your test may need to be re-scheduled.

  • Refer to the back of your requisition or ask your physician if there are any other specific preparations required for your procedure.


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Contact information

  • Toll-free booking line: 1-866-752-6989 or 416-281-7299

  • Toll-free fax line: 1-866-752-6990 or 416-281-7291

  • Centenary site: 416-284-8131 ext. 3114

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