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Diagnostic imaging

Capital Health investigates MRI wait times

EDMONTON – Dr. Tom Feasby (pictured), Capital Health Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Dean, Clinical Affairs, University of Alberta has received a $450,000 grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to study wait times for MRIs. “Wait times are top of mind for patients accessing the health system,” explains Dr. Feasby. “We believe our research will help reduce wait times for patients in Capital Health as well as be used as a model across the country.”

The three-year research project will focus on two key areas: the appropriate use of MRIs and the system for triaging referrals.

To better understand when an MRI should be used, Dr. Feasby and his team, which includes three colleagues from Ottawa and Dr. Derek Emery, Associate Professor Radiology and Diagnostic Imaging, University of Alberta, will develop appropriateness criteria by consulting experts from across the country and conducting an extensive evidence review.

A survey of Canadian imaging centres and an in depth study of triaging at four Capital Health hospitals will be used to determine best practices for triaging patients who require an MRI. Preliminary results are expected in three months.

The grant was part of a $348 million announcement made by Federal Health Minister Tony Clement in Toronto. For more information on the announcement, please visit www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca.

 

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