The Ministry of Health is working with its health system partners to enhance the reporting of diagnostic imaging wait time information. The following chart shows the maximum length of wait experienced by nine out of 10 Saskatchewan patients who received their MRI or CT scans during the most recently reported three-month period. Statistics are updated quarterly.
In response to growing waitlists, the overall number of patients who received in MRI in Saskatchewan increased from 34,717 in 2018-19 to 36,786 in 2019-20. However, as a result of the COVID-19 service disruption, approximately 4,000 fewer MRI exams and 6,000 fewer CT exams than their typical capacity as a result of COVID-19. Since October 2019, there has been an 12% reduction in the number of patients on the MRI waitlist.
The 90th percentile wait time was 209 days for MRIs performed in the third quarter of 2020-21 (October to December). As indicated in the graph, this represents a decrease of 77 days from Q2 2020-21. With the continued resumption of services, more MRIs were performed in Q3, which resulted in a decrease to the wait time for this reporting period.
The graphic below has been updated to reflect Q3 results.