Island Health contracts out MRI scans

900 MRIs to be performed locally between now and March 31

  • Jan. 18, 2016 3:00 p.m.

Scott Stanfield

Record staff

A four-year government plan to increase the number of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans in B.C. will help reduce wait-lists and travel time for patients.

Island Health has hired Vancouver Island MRI, a private clinic in Courtenay, on a temporary basis to carry out 900 MRIs locally between now and March 31. In the meantime, it will work on increasing hospital-based capacity to carry out additional volumes. To do so, Island Health needs to hire technicians, nurses and radiologists, and to increase MRI hours.

“Meanwhile, the private MRIs can take on additional capacity right away, which is great for patients and their families,” Island Health spokesperson Suzanne Germain said.

MRIs can diagnose most brain and spinal injuries, and sports injuries, among other ailments.

Scans conducted in the private setting are publicly funded, scheduled off Island Health’s wait-lists.

“The images are being read by the same radiologists that work in the hospitals and the quality, standards and service expectations are the same as if the procedure was being done at one of Island Health’s sites,” Germain said. “For the residents of Campbell River/Comox, it is great news because more scans will be done in the Valley, minimizing travel time as well as wait time.”

Island Health hopes to hire 10 FTE (full-time equivalent) MRI techs to carry out additional volumes. This includes hires north of the Malahat.

In November, the government announced a strategy to add up to 65,000 yearly scans and to provide an additional $20 million in annual funding for services by year four.


Just Posted

Two Courtenay Habitat for Humanity families receive keys to new homes

Lake Trail Road project officially has residents

Preparations ongoing for Courtenay’s annual Earl Naswell Community Christmas Dinner

The doors of the Florence Filberg Centre, downtown Courtenay, will open again… Continue reading

Valley woman found guilty on three charges following 2016 collision in Courtenay

The woman involved in a trial for a multi-vehicle collision in which… Continue reading

High winds force several BC Ferries sailing cancellations

Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay, Horseshoe Bay to Departure Bay, and Duke Point to Tsawwassen among closures

Swiss juniors train in Comox Valley

The Swiss national junior hockey team is training at the Comox Valley… Continue reading

B.C. animation team the ‘heart’ of new ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

The animators, largely based in Vancouver, ultimately came up with a creative technique that is drawing praise

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Supreme Court affirms privacy rights for Canadians who share a computer

Section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects Canadians against unreasonable search and seizure

‘I practically begged’: Kootenay woman with breast cancer denied referral to Calgary

Breast cancer patient left to fight disease alone after being denied referral to Calgary

21 detained before Paris protests as police deploy in force

There was a strong police presence outside the central Saint Lazare train station, where police in riot gear checked bags

Media, robotics, Indigenous studies coming to B.C. Grade 12 classrooms in 2019-20

Provincial tests are also being changed for students in Grade 10 to 12, the Education Ministry said

ICBC to apply for 6.3% hike to basic insurance rates

Crown Corporation said it will be submitting its next basic rate application to the British Columbia Utilities Commission Friday

Most Read