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. 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.

To make an appointment, please call (403) 541-1200.

Abdominal or Pelvic MRI

How do I prepare for my exam?

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment time to complete the check-in process and any necessary paperwork.

You may not eat or drink for 4 hours before your appointment. You may however take all prescribed medications with minimal amounts of water.

You may or may not receive an injection of dye. If you have an injection of dye and are breast feeding, you may want to express and store milk for your baby prior to the test and stop nursing for 24 hours after your exam. During the 24 hours after the exam you should express and discard the milk.

An extremely small percentage of dye about .001% of the dose you received, is absorbed by your baby through breastfeeding. However, due to the very small percentage of contrast absorbed by the infant, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has stated that it is safe for mothers to continue breastfeeding after they have received contrast.

Please arrange for child care as your children cannot accompany you into the exam room.

MR Arthrogram

How do I prepare for my exam?

You will be informed of your arrival time when booking your appointment

You will receive an injection of contrast dye. If you are breast feeding, you may want to express and store milk for your baby prior to the test and stop nursing for 24 hours after your exam. During the 24 hours after the exam you should express and discard the milk.

An extremely small percentage of dye about .001% of the dose you received, is absorbed by your baby through breastfeeding. However, due to the very small percentage of contrast absorbed by the infant, the American College of Radiology (ACR) has stated that it is safe for mothers to continue breastfeeding after they have received contrast.

Please arrange for child care as your children cannot accompany you into the exam room.

MRI Pricing

1st Medical Question - first body area: $675
Each additional body area: $350
If contrast is needed: additional $250

Patients 65 Years and older receive a 10% discount.
Prices effective March 1st, 2018

Frequently Asked Questions

MRI

  • Why Choose EFW for your MRI?

    Your MRI exam will be read by the same radiologists who read thousands of MRI exams at the Foothills Medical Centre.

  • 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?

    Sometimes the question your doctor asks requires us to use a contrast agent, which is injected into your vein or into a joint. 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.

Need an Appointment?

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