MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)

An MRI is a scan that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. MRIs are used to provide valuable information on glands and organs within the abdomen, as well as the structure of joints, soft tissues and bones of the body. MRIs are also used to detect any trauma to the brain and spinal cord. We have one MRI  at our Ajax Pickering Hospital and two MRIs at our Oshawa Hospital. 

two technologists help a patient having an MRI

What to Expect

  • You will be asked to change into a gown.
  • Since MRIs involve magnets, you'll be asked to remove all your accessories including your jewellery, credit cards and any metallic objects that can affect the image quality of the MRI. You will be provided a locker in which to store your valuables while you are having your examination.
  • The exam itself is painless but you will hear a loud tapping noise. Your technologist will provide you with a pair of headphones to help with the noise.
  • You'll be asked to lie down on a motorized examination table that will go inside the MRI machine.
  • The exam itself may take 30 to 45 minutes depending upon the area of the body being examined.
  • The examination may require the use of a contrast agent or `dye' depending on the area of the body being examined and the reason for the examination.