Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q) for Access MRI


What is an MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. MRI scanners generate images of the body by manipulating magnetic fields and radio waves.

Is MRI safe?

The strong magnetic field used in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the chest can exert a force on metallic objects that contain iron. Examples include artificial heart valves, intrauterine devices (IUD’s), vascular access ports, metal plates, pins, screws, surgical staples, prostheses and medication pumps. If you have an implanted heart pacemaker you should not have an MRI exam. In most cases, metal objects used in orthopaedic surgery pose no risk.

What should I expect during an MRI scan?

MRI is a pain-free procedure. The scanner is air-conditioned, well lit, and you can talk to the technologist. The MRI scanner produces thumping and humming noises. We offer earplugs and a music system to reduce the noise and to help pass the time. The technologist who operates the scanner will observe you from an adjacent room throughout the exam. You will be able to speak with the technologist at any time using a two-way intercom installed in the MRI unit. It is important to remain perfectly still when images are being recorded, but you may relax between imaging sequences. You may resume your usual activities immediately after the exam.


How do I make an appointment?

A referral form from your doctor (general practitioner or specialist physician) is needed.

To print a copy of the MRI Requisition Form. This form is needed before your MRI examination to ensure safety, and to optimize the MRI scan to your unique medical situation.

Who interprets my MRI scan?

A radiologist, who is a physician specially trained in MRI and other radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your personal physician. Radiologists serving Access MRI are Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and are certified in Diagnostic Radiology.

How do I prepare for an MRI?

No special preparation is needed..

Where is Access MRI located?

We’re located at Highway 10 (56th  Avenue) and 152 Street in the Panorama Village Shopping Centre, across from the Surrey YMCA. Our mailing address is:

15137 56th Avenue,
Surrey BC
V3S 9A5

For directions, map and Translink directions, see the location page.

What are the hours of operation?

8:30 to 4:30 weekdays, Saturdays 8:30 – 2:30.

Is there a wait list?

We do not have a wait list. MRI scans can be obtained with 24 to 48 hours notice.

When are results available?

A report for your MRI scan is available to your doctor within 2 business days. Reports can be provided on a more urgent basis if required.


Do I need a referral?

All MRI examinations require a referral. This requirement is established by the Diagnostic Accreditation Program of British Columbia. 

Who can provide a referral?

A physician or chiropractor can provide a referral.


How much does an MRI cost?

Screening examinations cost $395.

Diagnostic examinations start at $595.

When multiple examinations are requested, less total MRI time is required than if the examinations were performed at separate appointment times. ‘Add-on’ diagnostic and screening MRI examinations performed at the same time cost less for this reason.

What kinds of payment are accepted?

We accept cash, certified cheque, debit, Visa and Mastercard.

Is the cost covered by the Medical Services Plan?

No. Access MRI is a private clinic. The Medical Services Plan does not cover the cost of an MRI scan.

Is payment accepted from 3rd parties?

Yes. In some circumstances 3rd party payers (like insurance organizations and worker’s compensation) will cover the cost of your scan.