Head Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful tool for screening and diagnosis. Many consider it to be the best way to detect diseases in their earliest, most treatable stage.

The exam is non-invasive, uses no radiation, and our state-of-the-art equipment offers a more comfortable imaging experience. It is invaluable because it gives very clear pictures of the brain and spine. For both orthopedic and neurology patients, we can look at very small blood vessels in the brain to spot aneurysms or identify plaque build-ups in the carotid arteries that may cause strokes.


  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment.
  • Take all prescribed medications as directed.
  • Wear comfortable clothing free of metal zippers or buttons.
  • Please let us know if you are, or may be, pregnant, or if you've had recent surgery.
  • Please also let us know if you have metal in your body; here is a list of metal objects that may be a concern.
  • Children may have parents in the exam room with them.
  • Your technologist may ask you to remove any metallic objects, which are unsafe near the MRI magnet.


  • You will be asked to change into a gown.
  • If a contrast solution is needed, we will insert an intravenous (IV) line on the inside of your elbow. Please note that IV contrast is an additional cost of $250.
  • Once the IV is in place your technologist will position you on the cushioned scanner table in the MRI suite. We will do our best to make you comfortable.
  • An MRI can be loud, so you will be provided with headphones or ear plugs to reduce the noise. Eye masks are available upon request for patients who have difficulty relaxing in a confined space. You are also given an emergency call bell to stop the exam, if needed.
  • Once you are relaxed and comfortable, a sensor will be positioned around the body part being scanned. The table will then move slowly into the MRI scanner, which is well lit and ventilated.
  • You will be asked to hold very still, as movement may result in blurring of images. Your technologist will be close by at all times.
  • Once we have successfully captured your images, your IV will be removed (if you have one) and you are free to leave.


We do our best to have our radiologists interpret the information and forward the results to your doctor by the next business day.


In Calgary, MRI exams are provided at our Mayfair Place location as private pay exams and are not covered by Alberta Health Care. Your health spending account or group medical insurance plan may cover the cost of a private MRI that is prescribed by a qualified health care practitioner. You will need to check with your plan administrator for coverage details.

Our pricing can be download in the right side bar, just click on the applicable location. If multiple areas are scheduled within the same appointment, discounts may apply. We also offer a 10% Seniors Discount (65+). Please note that IV contrast is an additional cost of $250.

For Your Appointment

Please ensure that you bring your requisition with to your appointment.



25-30 minutes


What diseases can you detect with MRI imaging?

MRI is excellent for diagnosing diseases of the brain, spine, skeleton, abdomen and soft tissues. It is also effective in assessing the severity of and informing the most effective treatment of delicate injuries in bones and soft tissues like muscle and cartilage.

Do I need a doctor's referral?

Yes, all Mayfair scans require a referral from your health care provider.

Is the procedure loud?

You'll hear loud knocking sounds. These sounds are normal and should not worry you. Despite the loud noise, the technologist operating the machine will be able to hear you if you have questions or concerns. We will provide you with headphones to listen to music and help muffle the noise. You are also given an emergency call bell to stop the exam, if needed.

Are there size or weight restrictions?

Mayfair's wide-bore MRI scanners offer a much more comfortable imaging experience, especially for larger patients or those who are prone to anxiety in tight spaces. Feet first scanning capacity, flexible design configurations and variable density padding provide optimal patient comfort. If you're nervous about sizing, measure your body at the widest point (usually across your abdomen or from shoulder to shoulder) and if the measurement is less than 70 centimetres, you should fit. If you are claustrophobic you can come in for a fitting at NO charge to make sure you will be comfortable during the exam. Patients whose weight exceeds 226 kilograms (500 lbs) may be unable to have a scan.