The wait time data provided here are for scheduled tests, treatments and services only. Patients who require emergency care are not placed on a wait list.

Diagnostic Services - MRI Scans

MRI machines are located in the Prairie Mountain Health, Southern Health-Santé Sud, and Winnipeg regional health authorities. Ask your health care provider where you are having your scan. Following consultation with your doctor, you may be able to have your scan in the facility and regional health authority of your choice.

What is an MRI?

A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to make pictures of organs and structures inside the body. In some cases, a contrast material (dye) may be injected to show pictures of organs or structures more clearly.

Please note:  not all facilities perform all types of MRI scans.

MRI Scanners
Regional Health Authority
Facility
Scanners
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre
1
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails
1
Winnipeg Grace Hospital
1
Health Sciences Centre
4*
Pan Am Clinic
1
St. Boniface General Hospital
3
Manitoba Total
11

*Note: Two MRI scanners at Health Sciences Centre are also used for research purposes:
- One scanner is used during day-time hours for research, with evening hours and open slots used for out-patients.
- One scanner is used four hours per week for research.
MRI Scan Wait Times
Regional Health Authority
Facility
Wait Time
(in weeks)
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre
18
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails
12
Winnipeg Grace Hospital
25
Health Sciences Centre - Adults
25
Health Sciences Centre - Children
(with anaesthesia)
7
Health Sciences Centre - Children
(without anaesthesia)
10
Pan Am Clinic
29
St. Boniface General Hospital
26
Manitoba Average
24
Data for May 2017
MRI Scans Performed
Regional Health Authority
Facility
Number of Scans Performed
(per month)
2017/2018
Fiscal Year to Date1
2016/2017
Fiscal Year1
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre
502
937
8,301
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails
754
1,467
8,116
Winnipeg Grace Hospital
578
1,187
4,062
Health Sciences Centre - Adults
2,012
3,754
21,053
Health Sciences Centre - Children
296
583
3,393
Pan Am Clinic
666
1,263
7,985
St. Boniface General Hospital
2,238
4,249
24,825
Manitoba Total 2
7,046
13,440
77,735
Data for May 2017

1 Fiscal year is April to March.

2 Total MRI volumes include some scans performed at other facilities through contract with the WRHA.


Diagnostic Services Historical Information

Historical data for the previous 13 months is available by clicking the link below:

View the historical information here pdf