MRI provides a means of "seeing" inside of the body in order to identify certain diseases or abnormal conditions.
MRI has become the preferred procedure for diagnosing problems in many parts of the body. MRI can be used to see differences between healthy and unhealthy tissue in the brain, spine, joints, abdomen, blood vessels, and other body parts.
The most important part of preparing for your MRI is determining whether you have any metal or surgical implants that may be affected by the magnetic fields used in the MRI process. If you have any of the following, please contact one of the Vancouver Coastal Health MRI facilities:
implanted electronic device
recent surgery in the past 6 weeks
if you are pregnant
history of any eye injury involving metal fragments
?A referral is required.
There is pay parking available at our two visitor lots located on the VGH campus:
Multi-level parkade at the corner of West 12th Avenue and Laurel Street, across from the main entrance of the Jim Pattison Pavilion.
The Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre parking lot is located off of Laurel Street between West 12th and West 13th Avenue.
There is a wheelchair-accessible overpass from the VGH parkade at Level 4 and a crosswalk at Level 2.