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At the Radiology of Westchester, P.C. our high trained phycisians will perform the most accurate testing for open mri. We specialize exclusively in magnetic resonance imaging. All of our Radiologists are fellowship trained, with subspecialty training in musculoskeletal imaging, neuroradiology, and abdominal and body imaging. Most radiology practices and all hospital radiology practices interpret all types of imaging: x-rays, mammography, CAT scans and ultrasound. Therefore, it is quite likely that in a hospital setting your scan may be interpreted by a radiologist without subspecialty training in interpretation of magnetic resonance images. At Radiology of Westchester, P.C our radiologists all specialize in magnetic resonance imaging. In addition, all of our physicians have subspecialty training in MRI imaging.

What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) combines magnetic technology with radio waves rather than X-Rays, to produce detailed computer-generated images of the body's soft tissue. During an MRI exam, atoms in your body respond to magnetic fields created by an MRI scanner. These responses are recorded as images of internal organs, muscles, connective tissue, and the central nervous system by a computer.

The technique has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body, including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of some body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods. MRI exams are noninvasive, and in many cases, they can reduce the need for further tests or invasive procedures.

What to Expect During an MRI Exam

MRI examinations are painless. ALL MRI exams involve strong magnetic fields. For your safety, each MRI appointment requires completion of a screening form to identify any condition you may have that could prevent a MRI examination

Before your scan, a MRI technologist will review your medical/allergy history and answer any questions you may have. He / she will keep you informed and support you throughout the study and be there to help you out of the scanner when the examination is complete.

Some MRI examinations require an intravenous (IV) contrast injection (during the exam) to enhance the results of your study. This injection, performed by a nurse or technologist, is placed in a vein in your hand or arm. Contrast reactions / allergies* to the contrast agent, Gadolinium, are rare.

You may be asked to change into a gown before your examination to avoid possible magnetic interference from buckles, snaps, zippers, earrings or silk screening.

Your MRI scan will take place in a specially designed room. You will be helped to lie down on a padded table. The table slides into a large cylindrical magnet (open at both ends). The body part to be studied is positioned in the center of the magnetic field.

Your MRI scan may require that a coil apparatus be placed around the part of your body that your physician is concerned about. This coil enhances visualization of the area of interest.

Motion can distort images, so you will be asked to lie still for periods of 5 to 15 minutes. Total examination times vary from 30 minutes to 1 hour or more depending, on the information needed.

While the machine is in operation, it is normal to hear intermittent humming and thumping sounds. An intercom system in the room will enable you to communicate with the technologist at anytime during your scan. All rooms are air-conditioned, and listening to music is optional.