MRI

North Shore Medical Imaging is pleased to offer the latest in MRI technology to our patients. Not all MRI clinics or scanners are created equally. NSMI has invested in the latest MRI technology to ensure the highest quality imaging and accurate diagnosis for our patients.

North Shore Medical Imaging is the first facility in North America to install the Optima MR 360 1.5T superconducting scanner from GE, representing the most modern in MRI technology. The 1.5T field strength is widely used throughout the industry, and our new MRI offers unsurpassed image quality and speed, allowing us to provide detailed and focused exams directed at your symptoms. Our team of experienced subspecialty trained radiologists not only own and operate NSMI, an all digital facility, but offer expertise in all areas of MR imaging.

MRI is a modern imaging technique that allows for exquisitely detailed imaging of the internal structures and organs of the body, without the use of ionizing radiation (x-rays). It is an essential imaging tool used to diagnose many common illnesses and injuries. Imaging of sports/musculoskeletal injuries, back pain/spine disorders, brain and spinal cord for neurological disorders, traumatic brain injury, breast cancer screening, diseases of the abdominal organs (liver, kidneys, pancreas) are amongst its many applications.

In spite of the exceptional clinical utility of MRI, wait times for scans in British Columbia are frequently greater than one year. At the request of your doctor, NSMI offers same or next day appointments for most MRI exams and ensures that your doctor has your test results within 24 hours of your exam. Timely MRI imaging not only helps speed your diagnosis, but is also a key step in obtaining specialist referrals and planning surgery. It is a crucial component in speeding you to recovery and improved health.

We offer a full suite of MRI services, including:

  • Head
    • Traumatic brain imaging with SWI (susceptibility weighted imaging)
    • Routine brain and stroke imaging (including diffusion-weighted imaging)
    • Orbits/sinus/internal auditory canals/pituitary gland
    • Multiple Sclerosis (MS) imaging, including brain and cervical/thoracic cord
    • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD)
    • Carotid and Circle of Willis magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
  • Spine
    • Cervical/thoracic/lumbar
    • Sacroiliac (SI) joints, including the sacrum and coccyx
  • Body
    • Chest wall
    • Extremity masses
    • Neck
    • Brachial plexus
    • MRCP (biliary and pancreatic ducts)
    • Abdomen (liver/pancreas)
    • Piriformis
    • Magnetic resonance angiography (aorta and renal)
    • Pelvis (including uterus and ovaries)
  • Breast
    • Implant assessment
    • Cancer screening
  • Joints
    • All extremities, including hip, knee, shoulder, ankle, wrist, elbow, hand and foot
    • MR arthrograms