Frequently asked questions
- Who can refer for an MRI?
Any physician or chiropractor.
- Do you accept MRI requisitions coming from elsewhere?
Yes, we accept all requisitions, even if they come from another clinic or from a hospital center.
- During an MRI, is there the use of x-rays?
No. Magnetic resonance uses a powerful magnet and radio-frequency waves.
- How long do I have to wait to get an appointment for an MRI?
Usually, we schedule you within 24 to 48 hours.
- What is the procedure to make an appointment?
Submit the requisition from your physician or chiropractor by fax, by e-mail or by mail. It is important to write your name, a number to reach you during the day and your birth date on the requisition. You can also leave your requisition there in person.
- Can I have an MRI if I have metal in my body or in my mouth?
Certain metals are compatible in magnetic resonance. Please call us for more information.
- Will my exam be covered by the RAMQ?
Generally, your RAMQ card will cover the costs for x-rays, bone densitometry, mammography, ultrasounds and gastro-intestinal barium studies. However, MRIs and CT-scans are not covered by the RAMQ in private clinics, but your insurance might cover the costs.
- Will I get my results immediately after my exam?
No. The images obtained during your visit have to be carefully analyzed by our radiologist so that your doctor can obtain the results as soon as possible.
- How long will it take for my doctor to receive the results?
Our objective is to supply your physician with fast, quality results. Usually, the results are available for your physician in the days following your exam.
- Will you send the results and/or the images to my physician?
Yes. The results are sent to your physician as soon as they are available.
- Will I be able to speak with the radiologist after my exam?
No. A radiologist is a doctor whose task is to analyze your medical images. These results are sent to your physician. Your physician knows your history and will be better suited to treat you.
- What is the difference between a colonoscopy and a CT colonography (virtual colonoscopy)?
A CT colonography, also called a virtual colonoscopy, uses axial tomography technology (CT scan) to virtually reconstruct your colon. It is therefore less intrusive than the traditional colonoscopy, since we do not have to insert a camera rectally.
- How can I obtain a copy of the images from my exam?
During your visit, mention to the receptionist that you would like to obtain a copy of your images at the end of your exam.
- What are the possible side effects after an injection?
That all depends on the type of injection done during your exam. Generally, the side effects are insignificant, but it is important to mention any allergies when you book your appointment.
- What is the procedure so that my insurance will cover my exam?
During your visit, we will give you a complete receipt for the exams not covered by the RAMQ. You just have to submit it to your insurance, who will reimburse you directly if you are eligible.
- Why do I have to fast for my exam?
Either to avoid nausea during an injection or so that food does not obstruct the visualization of certain internal organs.
- What are the methods of payment for my exam?
We accept Visa, MasterCard, debit or cash.
- Why are your preparations different from those at other clinics?
Our preparations are elaborated for the patient, to obtain high quality exams and according to the standards of the radiologists of Canada.
- Do I have to make an appointment for my exam?
You can come without an appointment for x-rays. For other exams, you might need an appointment.
- How much does an MRI cost?
The price differs from exam to exam. You must submit your requisition so that we can confirm the price for you.