Capital Health investigates MRI wait
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