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: 10 days
Semi-urgent patients: 41 days
Non-urgent (or routine) patients: 185 days
Timeframe: as of March 31, 2023
What are the wait time targets for MRI tests?
Emergency patients: Within 48 hours
Urgent patients: Within 14 days
Semi-urgent patients: Within 28 days
Non-urgent (or routine) patients: Within 84 days
Wait time targets are based on data from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
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 (October 2018 – March 2023)
- MRI Wait Times Data Comparison (April 2018 – March 2023)
What other information is available?
For more information about magnetic resonance imaging, visit Diagnostic Imaging Services or the Canadian Association of Radiologists website.