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Magnetic Resonance (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), a non-invasive examination often used to obtain specific diagnostic data, makes it possible to capture clear, precise images of the human body.

During the MRI, you remain motionless from 20 to 60 minutes; the technologist, who watches and listens to you at all times, ensures your comfort and well-being.

Please note that MRI examinations aren’t covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ).

What is Magnetic Resonance?

a health specialist and a patient before performing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) uses a magnetic field (no radiation or radioactive materials) and radio-frequencies to create clear, precise images (in 2D or 3D) of your body:

  • brain
  • the spine and the spinal cord
  • musculo-skeletal system
  • abdomen
  • pelvic region
  • breasts
  • arteriovenous system

An MRI is a non-invasive examination that is also used for obtaining specific diagnostic data that cannot be obtained with other technologies such as ultrasound, X-ray and computerized axial tomography (CT-scan).

ImagixTM offers complete, personalized and rapid care

Renowned for their exceptional competencies, Imagix's team is dedicated to delivering rapid and efficient service, and to ensure your comfort and wellbeing throughout the process. Our fourteen clinics in Quebec are equiped with the latest technology, our radiologists are renowned, and our imagery examinations are adapted to your needs.

Among others, Imagix™ medical imaging clinics offer the following types of Magnetic Resonance:

Biron also offers MRI services through its Medvue Medical Imaging.

Examination procedure

For the examination procedure, you will be asked:

  • to change into a hospital gown and remove your jewellery and other metal objects, which can interfere with image quality
  • to lay comfortably on a mobile examination table located in a light, ventilated room. Depending on the type of examination, a contrast agent such as gadolinium may be injected in order to capture more precise images
  • to wear headphones to listen to music or earplugs if you wish. The MRI machine produces a percussion sound, which may be incommodating for some patients.
  • to remain still from 20 to 60 minutes, the duration of the examination. You may be asked to hold your breath at certain times

The duration, as well as the sounds generated by the system, can make some people uncomfortable. At Imagix, the technologist, who watches and listens to you at all times, ensures your comfort and well-being throughout the examination.

Please note that the total duration of your visit for this examination can be between 60 and 90 minutes, even though the examination procedure itself will only last between 20 and 60 minutes.

Specificities and Contraindications

If you suffer from claustrophobia (anxiety or fear of small spaces), you may feel some anguish during the examination. Our technicians will show you simple and effective techniques for relaxation which can help you. For more severe cases, your health professionnal may prescribe an anxiolytic.

Tell the technologist if you have any objects in your body that have metal components, such as:

  • aneurysm clips (vascular clips)
  • pacemakers
  • defibrillators
  • insulin pumps
  • neurostimulators
  • cochlear implants

A medical prescription is required to perform this examination.
Please note that MRI examinations are not covered by the Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec (RAMQ). However, most group insurance plans cover the costs.

If your healthcare professional has prescribed this examination or if you have any questions, contact us at 1 800 463-7674.

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