MRI Scan in Vancouver
Experience safe, painless and prompt diagnostic testing with the world’s highest-resolution MRI scanning system
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced diagnostic technology that can provide detailed images of the organs and tissues inside your body. An MRI scan can detect many abnormalities that CT scans, ultrasound, and x-rays cannot. False Creek Healthcare is also the only private healthcare facility in Canada that offers MRI with sedation.
Sedation MRI offers claustrophobic patients or those with anxiety and difficulty keeping still a more comfortable exam, and the ability to get a more confident higher resolution 3T MRI scan result than is possible with 1.5T open MRI systems.
Brain & Spinal Cord MRI
Diagnose aneurysm, disorders of the eye and inner ear, Multiple Sclerosis, spinal cord injuries, stroke and tumors.
Bone & Joint MRI
Evaluate joint disorders, athletic or traumatic injuries, bone infections, or tumors of the bones and soft tissues. MRI arthrography, or the injection of a contrast dye into the joint, can also provide structural joint information. An MRI arthrogram can be performed on the foot and ankle, elbow, hip, knee, shoulder, and wrist.
Spine & Back Pain MRI
Detect degenerated or herniated invertebral discs.
Chest & Abdomen MRI
Check for tumors or abnormalities in many body organs including the liver, kidneys, spleen, pancreas, bowel, and adrenal glands.
Pelvic Organs MRI
Evaluate the reproductive organs, including the testicles, uterus, cervix, and ovaries.
Detect diseases in the prostate gland, such as prostate cancer. The innovative new 3.0T MRI available at False Creek Healthcare does not require an endorectal probe or coil. The standard 1.5T MRI requires the insertion of an endorectal probe throughout the 45-minute scan, which is uncomfortable for some patients. Our 3.0T MRI produces a higher resolution scan, offers equal or greater sensitivity to detect malignancies, and provides a more relaxed patient experience than the 1.5T MRI.
Detect breast cancer in women and men, particularly for women who have dense breast tissue.
Benefits of MRI
Our modern Vancouver facility is home to a GE 3.0 Tesla MRI system. Developed for the most advanced clinical applications, the 3.0T MRI produces faster images with unprecedented detail. Benefits of MRI scanning at False Creek Healthcare include:
- State-of-the-art technology
- Double the magnetic field of the 1.5 Tesla MRI
- Greater diagnostic certainty
- Ability to detect diseases that can’t be seen with 1.5T
- High resolution scanner
- No radiation exposure
- On-site physician and nursing staff administer contrast solution
What to expect during an MRI scan
In order to have an MRI, you must:
- Be able to lie still for periods of 30 minutes or more
- Be able to hold your breath for up to 30 seconds during an abdominal MRI scan
- Not have a pacemaker, aneurysm clips, cochlear implant, neuro-stimulator, metal implants, and surgical staples or clips
During your appointment, one of our expert technologists will escort you into the MRI scanning room, which contains a table and a large, circular device called a gantry. Your technologist will have you lie down on the padded table and will ensure that you’re comfortable. You will be asked to stay very still and briefly hold your breath during the scan, in order to produce a clear diagnostic image.
Depending on the specific exam, a contrast solution may be administered by IV to improve the accuracy of the scan. It’s important to inform your doctor beforehand if you have any allergies, or if you have previously had an allergic reaction to a contrast solution.
During the scan, you might hear a humming or buzzing noise. This sound can be quite loud, but you won’t experience any other unusual sensations, with the exception of some slight table movement while the images are being taken. The technologist will monitor you through a window during the entire exam and can communicate with you by intercom. One of our MRI technologists or your patient care coordinator will fully explain any other important details of your upcoming exam.
Can you have an MRI if you are pregnant?
Women who are pregnant may have an MRI depending on the stage of pregnancy. Please advise your patient care coordinator if you are pregnant.
After your MRI scan
Our fellowship trained sub specialty radiologists will carefully analyze your MRI images and provide a report to your physician. Once he or she has received the report, your physician can discuss the results with you. Your technologist will also give you a CD or USB containing the scanned images when you leave our clinic.
Is an MRI scan safe?
MRI is a safe and effective diagnostic procedure. Unlike an x-ray, it does not use ionizing radiation. The 3.0T Signa EXCITE HDxt MRI system was designed with your safety and comfort in mind. Many older MRI systems use larger coils that make the unit feel confining, but the GE 3.0T MRI features more compact and advanced coils, which promote a more comfortable patient experience.
Why choose to have an MRI at False Creek Healthcare?
In addition to our world-class technology, each and every one of our physicians has years of experience and a commitment to excellence. Our modern facility and patient-centered philosophy will ensure you have a positive experience at every turn. Let us help you achieve optimal health and wellness in a professional, clinical setting.