Ultrasound Wait Times
What is the wait time to have an ultrasound?
On average, you can expect to wait*:
Urgent patients: 8 days
Semi-urgent patients: 28 days
Non-urgent (or routine) patients: 53 days
The Ultrasound Department is currently experiencing staffing shortages and the focus is on completing Emergent and Urgent cases. Semi-urgent and non-urgent ultrasound requests may wait longer than previously reported waits.
How are ultrasounds prioritized?
Each request for an ultrasound is assessed by a radiologist to determine the urgency of the request and then is booked and done as follows:
Emergency patients: Within 24-48 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 ultrasound request is received until the date your ultrasound is performed.
This does not include the wait time from your visit with your family physician and the referral received for an ultrasound appointment.
What influences a wait time?
Your wait time may be influenced by:
- demand for service;
- your own request or cancellation of an ultrasound;
- vacation/time-off; or
What is the wait time data?
- Ultrasound Wait Times Data [PDF | 136 KB] (April 2012 – September 2016)
- Ultrasound Wait Times Data Comparison [PDF | 119 KB] (April 2011 – September 2016)
What other information is available?
* This estimate is based on data collected for the latest period January to September 2016 from the RISPACS System. Data exclusions are: emergencies, inpatients, pre-booked routine and routine pre-natal obstetrical ultrasounds performed at 18-20 weeks gestation.