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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.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

North Shore Medical Imaging is pleased to offer the best in MRI technology to our patients.

North Shore Medical Imaging was the first facility in North America to install the Optima MR 360 1.5T superconducting scanner from GE. The 1.5T field strength is widely used throughout the industry, and our machine offers superb 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 an advanced 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. MRI’s many applications include imaging for:

  • sports and musculoskeletal injuries
  • back pain and spinal disorders
  • neurological disorders
  • traumatic brain injury
  • breast cancer screening
  • diseases of the abdominal organs (liver, kidneys, pancreas)

In spite of the exceptional clinical utility of MRI, wait times for scans in British Columbia can be greater than one year. Once we receive your referral, our staff will contact you to book an appointment. Your doctor will have a copy of your test results within 24 hours of the examination. 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 improving health outcomes.

Exam preparation instructions

When you call us to book your appointment, we will let you know if there is anything you need to do to prepare for your MRI exam.

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

Our Location

North Vancouver
139 West 16th Street
North Vancouver, BC V7M 1T3

Phone: 604 987 9729

Do you have questions?

If you would like more information about private MRI exams, please contact us at 604-998-1113.

Our services

We use the latest digital technology in MRI, mammography, X-ray, ultrasound and bone density producing clear images quickly and safely to support faster diagnoses and more effective treatments.