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 12
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre 9
Dauphin Regional Health Centre* 11
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre 12
Winnipeg Grace Hospital 15
Health Sciences Centre - Adults 17
Health Sciences Centre - Children (with anaesthesia) 17
Health Sciences Centre - Children (without anaesthesia) 15
Pan Am Clinic 14
St. Boniface General Hospital 20
Manitoba Average 16

Data for December 2019

*Note: Dauphin MRI began operation in January 2019. However, wait times information for that site became available from April 1, 2019.

MRI Scans Performed
Regional Health Authority
Facility
Number of Scans Performed
(per month)
2019/2020
Fiscal Year to Date1
2018/2019
Fiscal Year to Date1
Interlake-Eastern Selkirk Regional Health Centre 704 6,624 8,900
Prairie Mountain Health Brandon Regional Health Centre3 689 4,980 8,390
Dauphin Regional Health Centre4 213 2,209 522
Southern Health-Santé Sud Boundary Trails Health Centre 640 5,697 7,589
Winnipeg Grace Hospital 515 4,987 7,069
Health Sciences Centre - Adults 1,886 17,450 25,764
Health Sciences Centre - Children 342 3,258 4,298
Pan Am Clinic 607 5,729 7,742
St. Boniface General Hospital 2,101 19,039 25,158
Manitoba Total 2 7,697 69,973 95,432

Data for December 2019

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.

4 Dauphin MRI began operation in January 2019.


Diagnostic Services Historical Information

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

View the historical information here pdf