What is MRI?

MRI is a painless, non-invasive scan that produces high-resolution images of the inside of the body to assist in a medical diagnosis.

MRI technology utilizes a strong magnetic field combined with radio waves to create detailed, cross-sectional images of internal organs and structures. MRI’s do not use ionizing radiation and are safe, painless and accurate.

This exam may help diagnose and detect an array of conditions including tumors, bleeding, injury, disease and infection.

An MRI exam can also provide further detail into anomalies  found through other imaging methods such as  x-ray, ultrasound, or CT scan.

Types of MRI Scans

Brain MRI

MRI can be used to detect brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, developmental anomalies, multiple sclerosis, stroke, dementia, infection, and causes of headache.

Brachial Plexus

The brachial plexus is a group of nerve fibres that begin in the neck and travel down the upper arm, controlling feeling in the arm. MRI of the brachial plexus is useful in diagnosing traumatic and non-traumatic pathology.

MRA Circle of Willis

Approximately 85% of cerebral aneurysms develop in the anterior part of the Circle of Willis, which are the main arteries of the brain and brainstem. MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram) is used to view arteries without contrast dye and can detect aneurysms, blockages of the blood vessels, carotid artery disease, and arteriovenous malformations.

Spine MRI

MRI can detect changes in cartilage and bone structure resulting from injury, disease, or aging. These changes may include: herniated discs, pinched nerves, spinal tumors, spinal cord compression, and fractures.

Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI

Musculoskeletal (MSK) MRI is typically performed to diagnose or evaluate degenerative joint disorders such as arthritis, tears of the menisci, ligaments and tendons (knee) or rotator cuff and labrum (shoulder and hip), fractures, infection, injury strains, and tumours.

Breast MRI

Breast MRI is a pain free method of imaging the breast tissue, creating highly detailed pictures without the use of radiation.

Prostate MRI

Prostate MRI is used to assess problems including infection, enlarged prostate, complications from surgery, or possible prostate cancer. The prostate is best visualized on a 3T MRI machine and our equipment does not require the use of an endorectal coil, making the test non-invasive and more comfortable.

Pelvic MRI

A pelvic MRI is used to visualize bones, organs, blood vessels, and other tissues in your pelvic region including reproductive organs and critical muscles.
* may require IV contrast

Abdomen MRI

An abdominal MRI assesses the liver, pancreas, spleen, gall bladder, and kidneys. Contrast material may be used to check blood flow, find some types of tumors or show areas of inflammation and infection.
*typically requires IV contrast 


A MRI arthrogram first involves a small injection of contrast dye into a joint through fluoroscopy followed by a scan of the joint.. Arthrogram images help physicians evaluate alterations in structure and function of a joint to determine the need for treatment, including arthroscopy, open surgery or joint replacement. This scan is most often performed on the shoulder, hip, wrist or knee.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) MRI

MRI may depict joint abnormalities not seen on other types of imaging and is the best means by which to make a diagnostic assessment of TMJ issues. Open and closed views of the joint are needed.

Exam Duration

30 Minutes – 60 Minutes

MRI Pricing

Private MRI scans are provided on a per fee basis and are not cover by Alberta Health Care.

First Scanned Area… $770*
Each Additional Area…
(Related to the same issue/problem as the First Scanned Area)
Breast (Both)
*If required