Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Providing detailed images of the body.

The CAMIS MRI department is equipped with the Siemens Espree, 1.5T, Open Bore scanner. CAMIS caters to patients needing exceptionally high-quality images, patients with claustrophobia, and patients up to 550 lbs.

Who needs an MRI?

CAMIS performs all MRI examinations, including cardiac imaging and MR arthrography. We do not perform temporomandibular joints, perfusion studies, or breast MRI.

Understanding Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI is a type of diagnostic imaging that uses magnetic fields, not radiation, to obtain high resolution, three-dimensional images of any area of the body. It is considered to be the most effective form of imaging for musculoskeletal structures, muscles, the brain, and the spinal cord.

At CAMIS, we do not perform whole body screening MRI.


Q. I have claustrophobia. Can I have an MRI?

A. Yes. Our system is designed to alleviate feelings of claustrophobia. The magnet is only 3 ½ feet deep resulting in 60% of examinations being performed with your head outside the magnet, reducing feelings of claustrophobia.

Q. Can I pay for a private MRI?

A. Yes. CAMIS does offer a private pay option for MRI services. Please call 403-755-1060 for more information.

Q. What type of magnet do you use in your MRI?

A. We use a high field, open bore magnet. High field means it has a magnetic field strength of 1.5 Tesla (higher field strength means better image quality). Open bore means the opening in the magnet is larger, 10 cm larger, than traditional MRI systems, translating into more room and comfort in the magnet.

Q. What is the weight limit for an MRI?

A. Our table weight limit is 550lbs, which is 200lbs greater than most MRI systems.

Q. What types of MRIs can I get at CAMIS?

A. We perform most MRI examinations, (including MR arthrography and cardiac), with the exception of temporomandibular joints, perfusion studies and breast.

What to expect

An MRI Booking Specialist will complete an MRI Safety Screening Form with you at the time of booking.

Four-hour fasting is required for all abdominal or pelvic exams.

Take medications as necessary.

Additional instructions will be given at the time of booking.

Exams typically take 30 minutes.

Wear loose-fitting clothing, with no metal fasteners. Jewellery and watches are not permitted.

Downoad Prep Sheet