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 Interlake-Eastern, 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
Interlake-Eastern Selkirk Regional Health Centre
1
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre
1
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre
1
Winnipeg Grace Hospital
1
Health Sciences Centre
6*
Pan Am Clinic
1
St. Boniface General Hospital
3
Manitoba Total
14

*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)
Interlake-Eastern Selkirk Regional Health Centre 6
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre 21
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre 13
Winnipeg Grace Hospital 16
Health Sciences Centre - Adults 17
Health Sciences Centre - Children (with anaesthesia) 11
Health Sciences Centre - Children (without anaesthesia) 9
Pan Am Clinic 16
St. Boniface General Hospital 15
Manitoba Average 16
Data for October 2018
MRI Scans Performed
Regional Health Authority
Facility
Number of Scans Performed
(per month)
2018/2019
Fiscal Year to Date1
2017/2018
Fiscal Year1
Interlake-Eastern Selkirk Regional Health Centre 767 5,232
3,116
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre3 735 5,047
7,742
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre 678 4,553
8,426
Winnipeg Grace Hospital 640 4,150
6,568
Health Sciences Centre - Adults 2,174 15,339
23,766
Health Sciences Centre - Children 371 2,486
4,110
Pan Am Clinic 670 4,650
7,660
St. Boniface General Hospital 2,204 14,819
25,833
Manitoba Total 2 8,239 56,276
87,221
Data for October 2018

1 Fiscal year is April to March.

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

3 Brandon volumes have been revised to include emergency and inpatient cases in order to align with reporting for other Manitoba facilities.


Diagnostic Services Historical Information

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

View the historical information here pdf