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
Dauphin Regional Health Centre
1
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre
1
Winnipeg Grace Hospital
1
Health Sciences Centre
5*
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 18
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre 3
Dauphin Regional Health Centre 19
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre 21
Winnipeg Grace Hospital 23
Health Sciences Centre - Adults 10
Health Sciences Centre - Children (with anaesthesia) 12
Health Sciences Centre - Children (without anaesthesia) 15
Pan Am Clinic 3
St. Boniface General Hospital 21

Data for September 2022

Wait times are reported as a median wait time for completed cases (calculated retrospectively).

MRI Scans Performed
Regional Health Authority
Facility
Number of Scans Performed
(per month)
2022/2023
Fiscal Year to Date1
2021/2022
Fiscal Year1
Interlake-Eastern Selkirk Regional Health Centre 591 3,409 7,454
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre 700 4,326 9,147
Dauphin Regional Health Centre 203 1,234 2,495
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre 336 1,948 6,563
Winnipeg Grace Hospital 649 3,766 8,188
Health Sciences Centre - Adults 2,098 12,587 25,366
Health Sciences Centre - Children 299 1,922 3,997
Pan Am Clinic 579 2,900 6,918
St. Boniface General Hospital 2,020 11,732 23,169
Manitoba Total 2 7,475 43,824 93,297

Data for September 2022

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 - PDFpdf
View the historical information here - Excelexcel