Magnetic Resonance Imaging
(MRI or MR)
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI or MR) is among the safest and most comfortable medical imaging procedures available.
MRI can image virtually any part of the body, including the brain, spine, internal organs, muscle groups, tendons and ligaments, bones, central nervous system, and flowing blood in virtually any part of the body to distinguish possible areas of concern.
MRI is Ideal for:
- Diagnosing multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Diagnosing tumors of the brain
- Diagnosing strokes in their earliest stages
- Diagnosing infections in the brain, spine, abdomen or joints
- Diagnosing tendonitis
- Visualizing torn ligaments in the wrist, knee and ankle, shoulder, and elbow
- Evaluating masses in the soft tissues of the body, abdomen, or pelvis
- Evaluating bone tumors, cysts and bulging or herniated discs in the spine
- Evaluating the arteries and veins throughout the body
How does MRI work?
Utilizing a powerful magnet in conjunction with radio waves to cause tissues in the body to take on specific appearances, MRI allows the radiologist to isolate specific areas or systems for analysis and comparison to healthy tissue. MRI essentially takes slices like slicing a loaf of bread, in any direction, (top-bottom/ side-to side, or front to back).
How Our MRI Technology is different
At Denville Diagnostics patient comfort is our primary concern that is why we offer patients two truly open MRI machines. Our modalities provide nervous and claustrophobic patients alike a respite from the common fears often associated with MRI imaging.
The GE 1.5T Extremity MRI is one of only a handful that exists in the entire state of New Jersey. The 1.5 Tesla magnet provides beautiful image quality thanks our ability to pick a custom bore size for each patient. We have been placing every patient that comes in for Knees, Elbows, Ankles, Feet, Wrists, and Hands in this machine with incredible results. It is by far the most comfortable MRI experience on the market today and the latest in technology.
- Industry-leading gradients deliver 70mT/m of power and 300T/m/s of slew rate.
- Short echo spacing and high signal-to-noise ratio enable high resolution and sharp images.
- The system’s design ensures that the targeted anatomy is precisely positioned at the magnet’s isocenter for high quality reads
- Six iso-centric dedicated RF coils (ranging from 80 mm to 180 mm in inner diameter) can accommodate a wide range of patient sizes, from smaller patients to larger athletes and anatomies.
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.
Denville Diagnostics is 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 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)
MRI Pre-procedure Checklist
There is no special preparation for most MRI exams. We encourage our patients to wear comfortable clothing such as a sweat-suit without metal snaps for zippers. As a courtesy to our patients we can offer robes to wear if needed.
For our patient’s 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.