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Are you eligible for a private diagnostic medical imaging scan in Ontario?

In Ontario, the Health Insurance Act (i.e. HIA) prohibits insured persons under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (i.e. OHIP) from paying for insured services, such as an MRI scan, CT scan as well as several other types of diagnostic medical imaging scans. However, there are exceptions to the rule rendering an MRI examination and other diagnostic medical imaging examinations “uninsured services.” The exceptions to the rule are as follows:

All Non-Residents of Ontario are Eligible to pay for any private diagnostic medical imaging scan in Ontario

NON-RESIDENTS: Only persons who are ordinarily residents in Ontario, as well as certain other persons deemed to be residents under provincial regulations, are entitled to receive OHIP-insured services without charge. Therefore, medical services provided to non-residents in Ontario are not insured by OHIP.

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly called MRI, is a NON-INVASIVE, PAINLESS PROCEDURE that produces very detailed pictures of soft body tissue and organs without using ionizing radiation, as with other diagnostic procedures such as X-ray and Computed Tomography (CT).

Using a large magnet, radio waves and complex computer and software technology, MRI scans the patient's body and produces two or three-dimensional images of body tissues. It’s important as both a screening and diagnostic tool due to its ability to detect many cardiovascular, neurological, oncological and musculoskeletal diseases and or injuries earlier and more accurately than other modalities.

Benefits of Multiple Body Part MRI Scans

  • Increases the likelihood of discovering pathology post trauma.
  • Results afford medical providers, insurers and their litigators the task of identifying the right treatment strategies and medical evaluations instrumental in rehabilitating the client.

Customized Pricing

Bundle pricing for multiple body-part scans

SPECT BRAIN SCAN

A SPECT brain scan is a nuclear medicine study that utilizes a radiopharmaceutical agent to create images of actual brain function by identifying blood flow patterns throughout the brain. Because blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients to brain cells, it is an important measure of brain function. Too much blood flow or too little blood flow in given areas of the brain may be indicative of specific disorders or trauma.

Common Uses for SPECT Brain Imaging

The most common uses of SPECT Brain imaging are to help detect, diagnose or monitor:

  • Head Trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Seizures and their foci
  • Clogged Blood Vessels
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Assessment of brain death
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders:
  • Substance Abuse
  • Infection / Inflammation

CT SCAN

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.

A CT scan has many uses, but it is particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

ULTRASOUND

Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of organs and tissue inside the body. Healthcare professionals utilize it to help diagnose causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs. One of the most common uses of ultrasound is to view the fetus during pregnancy because unlike x-rays, ultrasound does not expose you to radiation.

RADIOGRAPHY (X-RAY)

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to visible light. Medical X-ray imaging generates images of tissues and structures inside the body. The images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white. This is because different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation. Calcium in bones absorbs x-rays the most, so bones look white. Fat and other soft tissues absorb less and look gray. Air absorbs the least, so lungs look black.

Anatomical & Functional Evaluation of the Brain

  • Anatomical Evaluation
  • Functional Evaluation
  • Brain (SWI) MRI Scan
  • SPECT Brain Nuclear Medicine Scan

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) MRI Scan of the brain

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) is a new MRI sequence that relies on the magnetic susceptibility of tissues or compounds in the brain, such as iron-rich hemosiderin, which is a by-product of haemorrhage.

Because of the Blood Brain Barrier, hemosiderin deposits remain in the brain for a very long time after the initial trauma.

SWI has been shown in several studies and in clinical application to be much more sensitive in detecting micro-haemorrhages than conventional methods, such as T2*-gradient echo (including 3 Tesla imaging).

SWI Can accurately diagnose

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Brain Haemorrhages
  • Cerebrovascular Diseases
  • Ischemic Brain Diseases
  • Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases

Benefits of using SWI:

Provides the highest level of sensitivity and detectability of the smallest brain injuries
Non-invasive, non-contrast imaging
Provides high resolution visualization of abnormalities caused by small haemorrhages and microscopic tears
Objective findings may be utilized to address an injured Insured clients' Minor Injury Guideline (MIG) status either placing them within the MIG or outside of the MIG.

SPECT Brain Imaging

A SPECT brain scan is a nuclear medicine study that utilizes a radiopharmaceutical agent to create images of actual brain function by identifying blood flow patterns throughout the brain. Because blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients to brain cells, it is an important measure of brain function. Too much blood flow or too little blood flow in given areas of the brain may be indicative of specific disorders or trauma.

The most common uses of SPECT Brain imaging are to help detect, diagnose or monitor:

  • Head Trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Seizures And Their Foci
  • Clogged Blood Vessels
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Assessment Of Brain Death
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Mood Disorders, Evaluating And Subtyping Attention-deficit Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
  • Infection / Inflammation

Benefits of using SPECT Brain Nuclear Medicine Scans

SPECT Brain scans may uncover occult brain trauma in clinically confusing or complex cases

SPECT Brain scan results may explain or predict cognitive deficits that are not explained by anatomic abnormalities detected by MRI or CT Scans

SPECT Brain imaging may reveal focal areas of hypoperfusion that are discordant with findings of the MRI or CT scan

SPECT Brain imaging serve integral in detecting evidence of Traumatic Brain Injuries

SPECT Brain Scan Vs MRI (SWI) Brain Scan

A SPECT scan is similar to an MRI study in that both can show 3D images and “slices” of the brain. However, whereas MRI provides detailed information regarding the anatomical structure of the brain, SPECT reveals how the brain functions.

In order to fully evaluate a patient’s symptoms, information on the brain’s structure (anatomy) as well as its function (blood flow and metabolism) is often necessary. In many cases the structure of the brain can be normal, while the function is abnormal. However, in other cases, a patient’s symptoms may persist even though MRI is found to be “normal.”

SPECT brain imaging reveals function of the brain by measuring blood flow. Tests have demonstrated that SPECT Brain imaging might be more sensitive to brain injury than either MRI or CT scanning because it can detect reduced blood flow to injured sites.

When to order a Brain SWI MRI Scan and or SPECT Brain Nuclear Medicine Scan

Have you suffered a head trauma?

Are you experiencing any one of the following symptoms?

  • Persistent headaches
  • Confusion or diminished cognitive abilities
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue that does not diminish with rest
  • Increased irritability or changes in personality
  • Suffered a loss of consciousness as a consequence of the trauma

PROSTATE MRI EVALUATION

Prostate Screening

New research from the National Institutes of Health and Care Excellence indicates that instead of probing needles, thousands of men could learn about their potential prostate cancer diagnosis through a simple MRI scan. As such, the researchers say that practitioners should offer MRI scans as the “first line investigation” for any and all patients suspected to have localized prostate cancer. Additionally, MRI of the prostate is used to evaluate other prostate problems including:

  • infection (prostatitis) or prostate abscess.
  • an enlarged prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
  • congenital abnormalities.
  • complications after pelvic surgery.
  • previous negative biopsy and rising PSA

Prostate MRI Screening & Elevated PSA in Ontario

The Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care confirmed MRI examination of the prostate for patients with an elevated PSA level and who have not received a prior biopsy are now able to pay privately for a prostate MRI scan because it no longer is an insured service covered by OHIP.

SECOND OPINIONS

Ilumina provides a second opinion medical consultation service in the area of radiology via the medical expertise of licensed Canadian Radiologists.

Utilizing the power of the Internet and imaging technology, we have made it possible for anyone to receive a second opinion in the privacy of his or her home or office. Our Radiologists are equipped with the latest and most comprehensive technology allowing them to provide the most reliable second opinion.

There are no long waits for your second opinion. You simply upload your radiology images (MRI, CT, X-Ray, Mammogram, Ultrasound or Nuclear Medicine) and our doctors interpret them and deliver the results in the privacy of your home or office.

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Are you eligible for a private diagnostic medical imaging scan in Ontario?

In Ontario, the Health Insurance Act (i.e. HIA) prohibits insured persons under the Ontario Health Insurance Plan (i.e. OHIP) from paying for insured services, such as an MRI scan, CT scan as well as several other types of diagnostic medical imaging scans. However, there are exceptions to the rule rendering an MRI examination and other diagnostic medical imaging examinations “uninsured services.” The exceptions to the rule are as follows:

All Non-Residents of Ontario are Eligible to pay for any private diagnostic medical imaging scan in Ontario

NON-RESIDENTS: Only persons who are ordinarily residents in Ontario, as well as certain other persons deemed to be residents under provincial regulations, are entitled to receive OHIP-insured services without charge. Therefore, medical services provided to non-residents in Ontario are not insured by OHIP.

MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, commonly called MRI, is a NON-INVASIVE, PAINLESS PROCEDURE that produces very detailed pictures of soft body tissue and organs without using ionizing radiation, as with other diagnostic procedures such as X-ray and Computed Tomography (CT).

Using a large magnet, radio waves and complex computer and software technology, MRI scans the patient's body and produces two or three-dimensional images of body tissues. It’s important as both a screening and diagnostic tool due to its ability to detect many cardiovascular, neurological, oncological and musculoskeletal diseases and or injuries earlier and more accurately than other modalities.

Benefits of Multiple Body Part MRI Scans

  • Increases the likelihood of discovering pathology post trauma.
  • Results afford medical providers, insurers and their litigators the task of identifying the right treatment strategies and medical evaluations instrumental in rehabilitating the client.

Customized Pricing

Bundle pricing for multiple body-part scans

SPECT BRAIN SCAN

A SPECT brain scan is a nuclear medicine study that utilizes a radiopharmaceutical agent to create images of actual brain function by identifying blood flow patterns throughout the brain. Because blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients to brain cells, it is an important measure of brain function. Too much blood flow or too little blood flow in given areas of the brain may be indicative of specific disorders or trauma.

Common Uses for SPECT Brain Imaging

The most common uses of SPECT Brain imaging are to help detect, diagnose or monitor:

  • Head Trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Seizures and their foci
  • Clogged Blood Vessels
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Assessment of brain death
  • Neuropsychiatric disorders:
  • Substance Abuse
  • Infection / Inflammation

CT SCAN

A computerized tomography (CT) scan combines a series of X-ray images taken from different angles around your body and uses computer processing to create cross-sectional images (slices) of the bones, blood vessels and soft tissues inside your body. CT scan images provide more-detailed information than plain X-rays do.

A CT scan has many uses, but it is particularly well-suited to quickly examine people who may have internal injuries from car accidents or other types of trauma. A CT scan can be used to visualize nearly all parts of the body and is used to diagnose disease or injury as well as to plan medical, surgical or radiation treatment.

ULTRASOUN

Ultrasound imaging uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of organs and tissue inside the body. Healthcare professionals utilize it to help diagnose causes of pain, swelling and infection in the body’s internal organs. One of the most common uses of ultrasound is to view the fetus during pregnancy because unlike x-rays, ultrasound does not expose you to radiation.

RADIOGRAPHY (X-RAY)

X-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation, similar to visible light. Medical X-ray imaging generates images of tissues and structures inside the body. The images show the parts of your body in different shades of black and white. This is because different tissues absorb different amounts of radiation. Calcium in bones absorbs x-rays the most, so bones look white. Fat and other soft tissues absorb less and look gray. Air absorbs the least, so lungs look black.

TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY EVALUATION

Anatomical & Functional Evaluation of the Brain

  • Anatomical Evaluation
  • Functional Evaluation
  • Brain (SWI) MRI Scan
  • SPECT Brain Nuclear Medicine Scan

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) MRI Scan of the brain

Susceptibility Weighted Imaging (SWI) is a new MRI sequence that relies on the magnetic susceptibility of tissues or compounds in the brain, such as iron-rich hemosiderin, which is a by-product of haemorrhage.

Because of the Blood Brain Barrier, hemosiderin deposits remain in the brain for a very long time after the initial trauma.

SWI has been shown in several studies and in clinical application to be much more sensitive in detecting micro-haemorrhages than conventional methods, such as T2*-gradient echo (including 3 Tesla imaging).

SWI Can accurately diagnose

  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • Brain Haemorrhages
  • Cerebrovascular Diseases
  • Ischemic Brain Diseases
  • Arteriovenous Malformations
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases

Benefits of using SWI:

Provides the highest level of sensitivity and detectability of the smallest brain injuries
Non-invasive, non-contrast imaging
Provides high resolution visualization of abnormalities caused by small haemorrhages and microscopic tears
Objective findings may be utilized to address an injured Insured clients' Minor Injury Guideline (MIG) status either placing them within the MIG or outside of the MIG.

SPECT Brain Imaging

A SPECT brain scan is a nuclear medicine study that utilizes a radiopharmaceutical agent to create images of actual brain function by identifying blood flow patterns throughout the brain. Because blood delivers oxygen and other nutrients to brain cells, it is an important measure of brain function. Too much blood flow or too little blood flow in given areas of the brain may be indicative of specific disorders or trauma.

The most common uses of SPECT Brain imaging are to help detect, diagnose or monitor:

  • Head Trauma
  • Epilepsy
  • Dementia
  • Seizures And Their Foci
  • Clogged Blood Vessels
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Assessment Of Brain Death
  • Neuropsychiatric Disorders: Mood Disorders, Evaluating And Subtyping Attention-deficit Disorder
  • Substance Abuse
  • Infection / Inflammation

Benefits of using SPECT Brain Nuclear Medicine Scans

SPECT Brain scans may uncover occult brain trauma in clinically confusing or complex cases

SPECT Brain scan results may explain or predict cognitive deficits that are not explained by anatomic abnormalities detected by MRI or CT Scans

SPECT Brain imaging may reveal focal areas of hypoperfusion that are discordant with findings of the MRI or CT scan

SPECT Brain imaging serve integral in detecting evidence of Traumatic Brain Injuries

SPECT Brain Scan Vs MRI (SWI) Brain Scan

A SPECT scan is similar to an MRI study in that both can show 3D images and “slices” of the brain. However, whereas MRI provides detailed information regarding the anatomical structure of the brain, SPECT reveals how the brain functions.

In order to fully evaluate a patient’s symptoms, information on the brain’s structure (anatomy) as well as its function (blood flow and metabolism) is often necessary. In many cases the structure of the brain can be normal, while the function is abnormal. However, in other cases, a patient’s symptoms may persist even though MRI is found to be “normal.”

SPECT brain imaging reveals function of the brain by measuring blood flow. Tests have demonstrated that SPECT Brain imaging might be more sensitive to brain injury than either MRI or CT scanning because it can detect reduced blood flow to injured sites.

When to order a Brain SWI MRI Scan and or SPECT Brain Nuclear Medicine Scan

Have you suffered a head trauma?

Are you experiencing any one of the following symptoms?

  • Persistent headaches
  • Confusion or diminished cognitive abilities
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue that does not diminish with rest
  • Increased irritability or changes in personality
  • Suffered a loss of consciousness as a consequence of the trauma

PROSTATE MRI EVALUATION

Prostate Screening

New research from the National Institutes of Health and Care Excellence indicates that instead of probing needles, thousands of men could learn about their potential prostate cancer diagnosis through a simple MRI scan. As such, the researchers say that practitioners should offer MRI scans as the “first line investigation” for any and all patients suspected to have localized prostate cancer. Additionally, MRI of the prostate is used to evaluate other prostate problems including:

  • infection (prostatitis) or prostate abscess.
  • an enlarged prostate, called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).
  • congenital abnormalities.
  • complications after pelvic surgery.
  • previous negative biopsy and rising PSA

Prostate MRI Screening & Elevated PSA in Ontario

The Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care confirmed MRI examination of the prostate for patients with an elevated PSA level and who have not received a prior biopsy are now able to pay privately for a prostate MRI scan because it no longer is an insured service covered by OHIP.

SECOND OPINIONS

Ilumina provides a second opinion medical consultation service in the area of radiology via the medical expertise of licensed Canadian Radiologists.

Utilizing the power of the Internet and imaging technology, we have made it possible for anyone to receive a second opinion in the privacy of his or her home or office. Our Radiologists are equipped with the latest and most comprehensive technology allowing them to provide the most reliable second opinion.

There are no long waits for your second opinion. You simply upload your radiology images (MRI, CT, X-Ray, Mammogram, Ultrasound or Nuclear Medicine) and our doctors interpret them and deliver the results in the privacy of your home or office.

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