Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Wait Times
What is the wait time to have a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan?
On average, you can expect to wait*:
Urgent patients: 8 days
Semi-urgent patients: 27 days
Non-urgent (or routine) patients: 131 days
Timeframe: as of March 31, 2021
How are MRI tests prioritized?
Each request for an MRI is assessed by a radiologist to determine the urgency of the request and then is booked and done as follows:
Emergency patients: Within 48 hours
Urgent patients: Within 14 days
Semi-urgent patients: Within 28 days
Non-urgent (or routine) patients: Within 84 days
How is the wait time measured?
The wait time measured is from the date your MRI request is received until the date your MRI is performed.
This does not include the wait time from your visit with your physician and the referral received for an MRI scan.
What influences a wait time?
Your wait time may be influenced by:
- demand for service;
- your own request or cancellation of an MRI scan;
- vacation/time-off; or
What is the wait time data?
- MRI Wait Times Data [PDF | 69 KB] (July 2016 – March 2021)
- MRI Wait Times Data Comparison [PDF | 369 KB] (April 2015 – March 2021)
What other information is available?
* This estimate is based on data collected for the latest period January to March 2021 from the RISPACS System.