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A vital piece of equipment missing from St. Mary's diagnostic fleet.

St. Mary's is the only hospital in the Waterloo Region without this vital piece of equipment, as well as the only cardiac program in Ontario without MRI. Fragile patients are being transferred, causing undue stress, disjointed care, and delayed treatment - with referred patients waiting 82 days on average for an MRI scan, and 2,500 outpatients waiting 6+ months for an elective scan.


MRI Banner - Introduction

The demand for MRI in Waterloo Region significantly outweighs the current capacity. Presently, St. Mary’s patients for which an MRI exam is deemed essential are being sent to Grand River Hospital, Cambridge Hospital, or GTA locations, substantially lengthening the exam wait time for those waiting across all involved hospitals.


Transferring fragile patients for diagnostic testing is costly, time-consuming, and requires the re-deployment of nursing staff away from the hospital. The unnecessary stress and complication this represents for patients and their families does not reflect the patient–centered care model that St. Mary’s strives to uphold.

A Game Changer for Cardiac Care - MRI is vital for diagnosing a wide variety of cardiac conditions, ranging from coronary disease, to cardiomyopathy, to congenital heart disease.

What is an MRI?

Now a mainstay for diagnostic imaging. MRI is the most advanced diagnostic tool available. Operated by trained technologists, MRI uses a powerful magnetic field, and radiofrequency pulses – meaning zero radiation exposure. Sophisticated software produces detailed pictures of the brain, soft tissues, bone, and virtually all other internal body organs and structures. Images of any body part, in any direction, can be captured without moving the patient – this is a considerable advantage over other diagnostic imaging tools. The latest MRIs produce 3D images that can be viewed from all angles – providing a higher level of accuracy when interpreting results and monitoring treatment progress.

MRI at St. Mary's will...
  • Ensure swift and accurate diagnosis
  • Speed delivery of treatment
  • Ensure continuity of care
  • Eliminate travel burden and associated costs
  • Increase exam capacity across the Region
  • Provide back-up for other hospitals

Cost of new MRI machine at St. Mary's: $3.4 Million
Renovation cost of 3 staging areas: $4 Million

Donate now to support MRI at St. Mary's General Hospital. The two existing MRI units at other regional hospitals are in use 24 hours a day, dramatically increasing the wear and tear on the machines and making them more susceptible to breakdown. In the dire event of equipment failure at either location, the ability to serve the patient population will be severely compromised.