Outpatient CT and MRI Imaging Services

Best practices for ordering CT or MR Examinations

When ordering a CT or MR examination please use the chart below to select examination which is best suited to your patients' needs.

The table contains some typical clinical problems listing modality as the 1st or the 2nd choice in diagnosis.

Exam  Patient History   US CT   MR
         
Brain  Tumour      1st choice
   Fracture    1st choice   
   Seizures      1st choice
   Infection      1st choice
   Unknown cause      1st choice
         
Sinus  Tumour    1st choice  
   Infection    1st choice  
         
 Orbits  Tumours      1st choice
         
 Bulla      1st choice  2nd choice
         
 Neck  Soft Tissue Tumour    2nd choice  1st choice
   Cord Tumour      1st choice
         
 Spine  Tumour    2nd choice  1st choice
   Herniated Disk      1st choice
   Full Spine or unsure    1st choice CT
 Myelogram
 
         
 Chest      1st choice  
   Tumour  1st choice    
   Breathing problem    1st choice  
         
 Cardiac    1st choice    
 Abdomen    1st choice  2nd choice  
         
 Pelvis  Tumour  1st choice  2nd choice  
   Reproductive  1st choice    
   Bone disease    1st choice  2nd choice
         
 Joints  Tumour    1st choice  
   Fracture    1st choice  
   Tenderness      1st choice
         
 Vascular  Patency  1st choice  2nd choice