In 2018, the Fraser Institute study estimates that 1,082,541 Canadians are currently waiting for medical procedures. The chart shows the average weeks waited to receive the selected diagnostic tests in 2018, 2017, and 2016 in each province.
The wait for a computed tomography (CT) scan has increased to 4.3 weeks in 2018 from 4.1 weeks in 2017. Saskatchewan has the shortest wait for a CT scan (2.8 weeks), while the longest waits occur in British Columbia, Alberta, and New Brunswick (6.0 weeks).
The wait for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan has decreased to 10.6 weeks in 2018 from 10.8 weeks in 2017. Patients in Ontario face the shortest wait for an MRI (6.0 weeks), while residents of British Columbia wait longest (20.0 weeks).
Finally, the wait for an ultrasound has not changed in 2018, staying at the same 3.9 weeks as it was in 2017. Saskatchewan has the shortest wait for an ultrasound (1.1 weeks), while Newfoundland & Labrador has the longest (10.5 weeks).