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MRI Scans in Alberta: Overview

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic test that provides high-resolution pictures of the structure of an organ or area of the body. An MRI machine creates a magnetic field, then sends radio waves into the body in the magnetic field and measures the response of the cells of the body. From the responses, a computer creates a three-dimensional picture of the inside of the body. MRI can be used to identify tumours, strokes, degenerative diseases, inflammation, infection, and other abnormalities in the organs and tissues of the body.

Some MRI examinations require special equipment and support services available only at a few facilities. Therefore, wait times between facilities may not be comparable.

Note: Pediatric: 17 years of age or younger.

Note: Adult: 18 years of age or older.