49 School Rd
Alert Bay, B.C.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive medical imaging test that uses a strong magnetic field, radio waves, and a specialized computer to produce detailed images of internal soft tissue structures of the human body.
The procedure does not use ionizing radiation and is considered to be safe; however, metallic implanted devices within the patient's body may be affected by the magnetic field.
A referral from a physician is required for an MRI.
You will be contacted by booking for your appointment time and instructions, either by mail or by phone call. Please note appointments are booked by urgency.
Medical devices and implants that contain metal may malfunction or be a hazard during a MRI.
Please advise your referring physician if you have any of the following:
Patients with any of these implants/conditions listed above might have a delay in booking their appointment. This is to ensure your safety before proceeding ahead with your scan.
Please arrive 30 minutes before your appointment to complete the registration and screening process. Please bring your Health Card to your appointment.
If you are having a small bowel follow through exam, please arrive 2 hours before, in order to have the oral contrast
If you need to reschedule your exam please call using one of the phone numbers listed below:
Victoria: RJH: 250-727-4508
Duncan: 250-709-3000, local 42035
Nanaimo: 250-755-7628 option 4
Port Alberni: 250-731-1370, Local 53007
Comox Valley: 250-331-5900, local 65472
Campbell River: 250-286-7100, local 67473
Length of appointment
Plan on at least 1-1.5 hours for your MRI exam from check-in to checkout. If your doctor has ordered multiple exams, your appointment will take longer.
Sometimes we encounter unexpected delays, due to emergencies or appointments that take longer than anticipated. We do everything we can to keep things running smoothly and on time, and we will give you the time you need for a thorough exam.
However, we recommend leaving enough time between your MRI exam and other appointments.
Day of your exam
On the day of your MRI scan, you should be able to eat, drink and take any medication as usual, unless you're advised otherwise.
In some cases, you may be asked not to eat or drink anything for up to 4 hours before the scan.
If you wear a medication patch or glucose monitoring patch it will need to be removed at the time of your exam for your safety. Before your exam, talk to your physician about removing and discarding your patch. Your physician can advise you about replacing your patch after the scan.
If you do suffer from claustrophobia, please speak with your physician before your appointment. Only your physician can prescribe you a sedative as they are not offered in our department.
During your exam:
After you’ve been checked in for your MRI, you can expect the following:
After the exam
Your images will be read by a radiologist. These results will be sent to the referring physician on the referral. These results also are available on MyHealth.
Please read our MRI Wait Times Fact Sheet.
49 School Rd
Alert Bay, B.C.