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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
AIRIS Elite
AIRIS Elite

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 Hitachi AIRIS Elite is a true open MRI thanks to its award winning gantry design it is currently one of the most desirable magnets in the country. Denville diagnostics services patients from all over New Jersey partly because patients are willing to travel long distances for the experience of an open MRI. The open design easily accommodates not only claustrophobic patients but those who are larger as well, offering a 450 lb weight limit.

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

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.

AIRIS Elite
AIRIS Elite

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.

Download Forms

Click the links below to download forms. All forms are PDF Documents.

Patient Information MRI
Patient Information BONE DENSITY
Patient Information CT SCAN
Patient Information Mammography
Patient Information ULTRASOUND
Patient Information XRAY