Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Accessing this Service:
MRI exams may only be obtained by written request by your physician. Your healthcare provider will arrange for an MRI through Woodstock Hospital and provide you with your appointment time and date, along with any information you need to know prior to your examination. Please bring your Health Card to check in for your appointment.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses magnetism and radio waves to produce highly detailed images of structures within the body. Woodstock Hospital’s MRI is a state of the art 1.5 Tesla magnet boasting a short scanner with a wide opening. This means more space in the MRI for our patients, increasing comfort levels and reducing anxiety due to claustrophobia concerns.
MRI examinations at Woodstock Hospital include imaging of the: brain and spinal cord; internal organs of the abdomen and pelvis; joints and musculoskeletal structures throughout the body; assessment of lumps and bumps; and intravenous contrast examinations.
MRI is a very safe exam. MRI uses no ionizing radiation (x-rays, gamma rays) and has no known lasting effects on the body. The strong magnetic field may be a safety concern for people who have specific implanted metallic devices; therefore MRI Technologists will ask many questions about your medical history to assure your safety in the MRI environment. Loud noises are produced while obtaining images, therefore hearing protection will be provided. Scan times vary depending on the exam requested and range from approximately 15 – 60 minutes.
After your exam is complete, the Radiologist will interpret the exam and the results will be sent to your physician within 2 to 5 days.
Please note, that the new MRI Requisition Form is mandatory, along with the Appropriateness Checklists in order to book an MRI of the knee or spine (the forms are provided below). Electronic versions of the forms are available for download on the South West Primary Care Alliance website (www.swpca.ca). If you are using a different EMR system or are a paper-based office, the fillable PDF versions of the form are also available for download from the South West Primary Care Alliance website.