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Open MRI Services for Patient Comfort

YOUR COMFORT AND SATISFACTION ARE OUR TOP PRIORITIES

We understand the anxiety that many patients feel when they walk through our doors. That is why everyone on our staff is dedicated to treating each patient with the utmost care and compassion.

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI or MR) is among the safest and most comfortable medical imaging procedures available. For the comfort of our patients, we feature Siemens brand extra-roomy short bore MRI machines and open 3T MRI machines (at select locations). Our open MRI machines are specifically designed to alleviate stress and the feeling of tightness and claustrophobia.

What is MRI and how does it work?

Magnetic resonance imaging is a method of obtaining detailed pictures, or images, of internal body structures without the use of radiation or radioactive substances of any kind. This is accomplished by placing the patient in a magnetic field while harmless radio waves are turned on and off. This causes the body to emit its own weak radio signals which vary according to tissue characteristics. These signals are picked up by a sensitive antenna and fed to a computer which produces detailed images of the body for interpretation by our staff of board-certified radiologists, which is then reported to your physician.

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Pictures from an MRI scan are digital images comprised of “slices” compiled from the MRI procedure which can be saved and stored on a computer for more study. The images can also be reviewed remotely, such as in a clinic or an operating room. In some cases, contrast material may be used during the MRI scan to show certain structures more clearly.

MRI is also versatile, with the ability to image most parts of the body for effective and efficient evaluation of:

  • Brain Disorders
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Eye abnormalities
  • Tumor detection
  • Liver and other abdominal
    diseases
  • Knee and shoulder injuries
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Facial and/or neck abnormalities
  • Blood flow and vessel disorders

What to expect and how to prepare

What Do I Have to Do?

During the MRI, patients are required to remain still during each imaging sequence, which may last 2 to 6 minutes or a total exam time of 20 to 45 minutes. This is a non-invasive procedure so patients can relax and often nap during these tests.

Patient Comfort

Our imaging centers are designed with patient comfort in mind; patients may relax and listen to their favorite radio station while undergoing their exams. Our accredited, highly trained technologists will make every effort to make even the most anxious patient comfortable.

MRI Pre-procedure Checklist

There is no special preparation for most MRI exams. We encourage our patients to wear comfortable clothing such as a sweatsuit without metal snaps or zippers. As a courtesy to our patients, we can offer robes to wear if needed.

For our patients’ safety, we ask patients to remove all hairpins, body piercings, watches, and most jewelry before entering the MRI scan room. It is best to leave your valuables at home. If you are going to have an MRI of the abdomen or pelvis, do not eat or drink 3 hours prior to your exam.

MRI is not for everyone

Patients who have the following may not be able to have a MRI test:

  • Pacemakers/defibrillators or pacing wires
  • Metal fragments in one or both eyes
  • Inner ear implant
  • Spinal stimulators or Brain Stimulators
  • Brain Aneurysm Clips (the newer aneurysm clips may be MRI compatible. Your surgeon should be able to provide any documentation regarding the composition of the clip)

Schedule an appointment today

Trust ImageCare Centers to provide a quality and comfortable experience. With more than 20 locations in Northern New Jersey and several MRI options, we’ll get you in and out quickly while ensuring your comfort and providing the highest quality imaging available in the region. Whether you need an MRI of the knee, MRI brain scan, or other MRI service, we will provide you with compassionate care that puts you at ease.

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