Magnetic Resonance Imaging

EFW Radiology offers Calgary Private MRI services.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) can detect abnormalities or diseases by producing detailed anatomical images. An MRI can scan various areas of the body, including the brain, spine, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and joints.

Each MRI is interpreted by an EFW Radiologist with special training and expertise. This means that imaging requests are read and reported by Radiologists in their area of expertise, for example a Brain MRI would be read and reported by a Neuroradiologist. These are the same Radiologists that work in the Foothills Medical Centre. The resulting reports provide important information that will help with diagnosis and treatment.

At EFW Radiology we believe in making medically appropriate MRI more accessible to help patients and doctors find the answers to a medical issue.

We pride ourselves in offering exceptional patient care ensuring the patient experience is positive from phone call to visit. 

To schedule an appointment, please call our MRI Booking 403-244-3700

Private MRI Pricing

1st Medical Question

First Body Area

$675

Each Additional Body Area

$350

Contrast (if required)

$250

In Alberta, Private MRI imaging is not covered by Alberta Health. Private MRI exams are fee for service.

10% discount in pricing for seniors and repeat patients. 

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MRI Exams & Preparation

Types of MRIs

  • Brain (head)

    A brain (head) MRI scan is a painless test that produces very clear images of the structures inside of your head — mainly, your brain. Healthcare providers use brain MRIs to evaluate, diagnose and monitor several different medical conditions that affect your brain or other structures in your head. 

    The Patient will lay on their back with supports around the head to help hold still and maintain comfort. Sometimes this position can make patients feel uncomfortable and can be discussed with the MR team to ensure they are comfortable and prepared for what will happen during the exam.

    Brain (head) scans usually take 20 to 60 minutes.

  • Spine

    A spine MRI evaluates vertebral anatomy, disk spaces, ligaments, and the spinal cord. Spine MRI can also detect congenital abnormalities or injuries to the spine, explore causes of back pain, and assess tumors. It is also used to plan surgical procedures and monitor post-surgery progress.

    The Patient will lay on their back with supports around the head to help hold still and maintain comfort. Sometimes this position can make patients feel uncomfortable and can be discussed with the MR team to ensure they are comfortable and prepared for what will happen during the exam.

    The spine has different areas that can be imaged (cervical, thoracic and lumbar).  Each area can take about 20 minutes to scan depending on what your physician has requested and imaging protocols.

  • Bones, Muscles and Joints

    Bones, muscles and joints are one of the most common MRI exams.

    Common Joints are: 

    • Shoulder
    • Knee
    • Hip 
    • Elbow
    • Wrist
    • Hand
    • Finger/thumb
    • Ankle
    • Foot
    • Long Bones
    • SI or SC joint

    The Patient is usually lying flat while supported with cushions to help hold still and maintain comfort.

    These types of scans generally take 30 minutes for each specific area.

  • Breast

    A breast MRI scan evaluates the breast and surrounding tissue. A breast MRI is most often done in combination with mammography or ultrasound. It is not a replacement for mammography. Breast Cancer screening and breast implant integrity scans are available.

    During breast imaging, Patients will lie on their stomach You will be face down (on your stomach), on top of a specialized breast imaging camera.

    Breast MRI scans generally take 60 minutes.

  • Abdomen

    Abdominal MRI is performed to capture images of internal organs in the abdomen such as liver, spleen, pancreas, kidneys, and layers in the abdominal wall.  Usually, an injection of contrast is required to highlight certain structures and provide further diagnostic information.

    The Patient will lay on their back and be asked to hold their breath for certain images. 

    These exams typically take 30-60 minutes.

    Prior to coming, do not eat or drink for 4-6 hours. Please continue to take your medications.  Further details will be provided at the time of booking.

  • Pelvis

    Pelvic MRI scans evaluate organs and structures inside the pelvic region –the space between the hip bones, where major reproductive organs and critical muscles are. Usually, an injection of contrast is required to highlight certain structures.

    The Patient will lay on their back while supported with cushions to help hold still and maintain comfort.

    These exams typically take 60 minutes.

    Prior to coming, do not eat or drink for 4-6 hours. Please continue to take your medications.

  • Prostate

    Prostate MRI is used to evaluate the prostate and surrounding structures. Prostate MRI may also be used to help diagnose infection, conditions you were born with, or an enlarged prostate.  Usually, an injection of contrast is required to highlight certain structures.

    The Patient will lay on their back while supported with cushions to help hold still and maintain comfort.

    These exams typically take 60 minutes.

    Prior to coming, do not eat or drink for 4-6 hours. Please continue to take your medications.  Further instructions regarding preparation for a prostate MRI will be provided at the time of booking. 

  • MR Arthrogram

    An MR arthrogram is a study used to better visualize the structures within the joint. An MRI is performed following the fluoroscopy-guided injection of contrast directly into the joint. The injection into the joint space will help to better view joint structures and evaluate for potential tears.

    The Patient will lay flat on their back supported with cushions to help hold still and maintain comfort.  

    The scan typically takes 30 minutes, and will often require general X-rays pre or post exam.  These will be coordinated at the time of booking.   Patients can expect to be in the clinic for approximately 90 minutes.

  • Temporomandibular¬†Joint - TMJ

    MRI is commonly used for evaluation of the TMJ due to its superior contrast resolution and its ability to acquire dynamic imaging for demonstration of the functionality of the joint.  These exams will look at the TMJ in both closed and open position.  A bite block is provided to ensure that you are able to maintain an open jaw position for the purpose of acquiring detailed images.

    The Patient will lay flat on their back supported with cushions to help maintain patient comfort. 

    The scan typically takes 30 minutes.

Frequently Asked Questions

MRI

  • Why Choose EFW ?

    EFW Radiologists are Sub Specialized experts in Neuroradiology, Body Imaging, Breast Imaging, Muskuloskeletal Imaging, and Vascular imaging.  Patients can be confident that they will have the right EFW Radiologist protocoling and reading their MRI.  Our technologists treat each patient with care ensuring that they feel comfortable and understand the MRI experience, all while making sure excellent images are taken to evaluate the medical questions asked.

  • Why do I have more than one appointment booked for my MRI?

    When there are multiple, unrelated and separate medical questions involving different body parts, we will book these on different days. Answering multiple medical questions is complex and requires lengthier exam times. Years of experience with MRI patients at the Foothills Medical Centre tells us that the quality of exams decreases if patients have to be on the MRI machine for too long. When appropriate, we bring patients back for a second visit to obtain the imaging needed to answer the medical question. In those cases, patients do not pay a second fee.

  • Why am I having contrast and being charged for it?

    Depending on what your referring Physician is looking for, contrast may be required to highlight certain structures within your body.  The MRI Technologist will ensure all of your questions are answered prior to receiving the injection into your vein or into a joint. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding this must be discussed as there are limitations and safety that must be considered. 

    We only use contrast agents when we believe it is required to answer your doctor’s question. The related $250 fee is for the medical supplies and expertise required to administer it.

  • Can I order as many MRIs as I want?

    At EFW Radiology we believe medical tests (imaging tests, x-rays, CT scans, or MRI) should only be used when considered appropriate to answer a medical question. We do not provide MRI scans when they are not medically appropriate, nor does EFW perform comprehensive MRI body screening.

  • How do I prepare for an MRI exam?¬†

    Most MRI exams require no special preparation. You can eat, drink and take medications as normal.  Some exams will require special preparations that will be fully explained while booking your exam. 

  • How do I Book an MRI?

    You can call our MRI booking team at 403-244-3700 or request an appointment here.

    MRI specific clerks who reach out to book, screen and inform the patient so they are aware of all of the information regarding the appointment and preparation prior to coming in for their appointment. Patients are able to ask any questions on this phone call and if there are hesitations, the clerk will discuss with the MRI team of Technologists and Radiologists. Booking phone calls will ensure the patients feel well cared for and have all their questions answered prior to coming in.

    MRI booking clerks will assist in coordinating any accompanying x-rays if needed.

  • What if I have Claustraphobia and Discomfort?

    Claustrophobia: Options to assist can and will be discussed with MRI team at time of booking and prior to exam.
    Large bore option @ Seton which can accommodate wider shoulders and a good option for claustrophobic patients.
    Technologists are in constant communication during exam to ensure patient comfort and offering modifications if required due to discomfort.

  • Can the price change?

    EFW performs clinically warranted MRI and ensures you will receive the correct images to answer the referring physician’s question.  If there is discrepancy or questions, this is sorted out prior to the patient coming in with full disclosure on pricing so we are not wasting patient’s time.

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