With a comprehensive array of MRI services, the Advanced Imaging Center offers ample and convenient appointment availability to our patients. Because we know your comfort is important, we offer short waiting times in a quiet, relaxed atmosphere that includes soothing music during your exam.
What is MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that allows doctors to see inside the human body in remarkable detail without using x-rays. Instead, MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and a sophisticated computer system. This scan will provide your doctor with important information on certain types of body tissue (internal organs, joints, brain and spine) differently than an x-ray or a computed tomography (CT) scan.
Utilizing the most advanced machinery available, our sophisticated imaging and advanced applications enable us to detect disease earlier and to begin working with you to design an effective treatment and intervention plan.
Unique MRI Services Offered at WMC Advanced Imaging
||Cartilage Sensitive Orthopedic MRI
||Cardiac MR for congenital heart disease, masses and myocardial viability
|Dynamic Pelvic Floor Imaging
||MR Pulmonary Vein Anatomy
|MRI of Joint Replacements
Accredited by the American College of Radiology
Radiological imaging has played a significant role in assisting primary care physicians, gynecologists,urologists and colo-rectal specialists in the diagnosis of these conditions. For the past decade, the standard for imaging bowel and pelvic dysfunctions has been CT scans of the affected area. While CT scanners are excellent diagnostic tools, using this medium as a means to track changes during regular follow-up visits can potentially expose the patient to unnecessary radiation.
Under Dr. Bentley’s (Director of Body MRI Imaging at Westchester Medical Center) leadership, Advanced Imaging at Westchester Medical Center is pioneering a new and exciting process for imaging bowel and pelvic floor dysfunctions. Dr. Bentley has developed MRI imaging protocols which provide superior information in comparison to older tests. Additionally, by imaging these studies under MRI, patients are not subject to radiation. Dr. Bentley points out, “with the innovative use of MR Enterography and MR Defecography, we can image this part of the human body and give patients definitive answers regarding their condition. We are one of a few imaging centers nationwide to evaluate these problems using MR imaging.”
Advanced Imaging Offers
- New 16-channel 1.5 T Philips MRI with state-ofthe-art body coil and advanced abdomen software
- New 256-slice Philips CT machine with advanced post-processing package.
- 3-Dimensional workstation for advanced post processing of images.
How do I prepare for my MRI scan?
Very little preparation is required for an MRI scan. Prior to the scan, you are encouraged to go to the bathroom. You will be asked to remove all metallic items such as watches, jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. Also, do not take any credit, bank, or parking cards with you into the scan as the scanner will erase the information recorded on the metallic strip. A personal locker will be provided for safe-keeping of valuables.
Will I receive intravenous injections?
For some procedures, it may be necessary to inject a special contrast material (Gadolinium), sometimes referred to as "dye", which enables radiologists to
see specific areas of your body more clearly. The need for this will be determined by the radiologist, based on the information your doctor provides us. The injection is usually performed towards the end of the examination by the Technologist. Some people experience a sensation of coolness while the dye/contrast is being administered; this is normal. Most people do not experience complications. However mild reactions may occur including nausea, headache, vomiting, dizziness, rash or hives. These reactions will pass without treatment or respond quickly to medication. Rarely, more severe reactions can occur including drop in blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. In some cases, you may be asked to refrain from eating for a period of time prior to the test.
What can I expect during the MRI scan?
The scan is performed by a radiologic Technologist. Upon arriving in the MRI Department, you will be greeted by a receptionist and asked a series of questions. Once in the scan room, you will be asked to lie on a padded table. During the scan, it is important to hold very still, as movement will cause blurring of the pictures. Throughout the entire examination, you will be able to speak to the technologist via an intercom. Technologists will talk with you frequently during your scan, explaining the procedure each step of the way. When the scanner is operating, you will hear a loud thumping noise and may feel a slight vibration. This is normal.
How long will the MRI scan take?
Each MRI scan is different. However, most scans take between 30 and 60 minutes (per exam).
What will happen following my MRI scan?
Immediately following the scan, you may resume normal activities, diet and medications.
How do I find out the results of my MRI scan?
Your MRI scan will be reviewed by a Radiologist. The Radiologist will send a report to your physician.
As effective as it may be as a diagnostic tool, not everyone can undergo an MRI as the technology can conflict with certain conditions. In some cases, testing can go forward, but may require certain protocols to ensure your health and safety.
Both you and your physician should be aware of the following.
Conditions which may affect an MRI
- If you have a pacemaker you cannot have an MRI.
- If you have had stents placed in your body within the last six weeks, you cannot have an MRI.
- If you have metal in your body (artificial joints, metallic valves), you may not be eligible for a scan. Be sure to inform the facility of this condition when you call to schedule your appointment.
If your doctor orders mild sedation to assist with conditions such as claustrophobia, you must be accompanied by a person who will drive you home.
If you are scheduled for an MRI with MRCP Protocol, you may not eat anything for four hours prior to your exam.
During Your Visit
In most cases, there isn't anything in particular you need to do to prepare for an MRI exam, but you can expect the following:
- The technologist will explain the exam to you, ask you several questions, and answer any questions you may have.
- You will be required to remove any metallic objects (jewelry, glasses, clothing with zippers, etc.) and to put on a patient gown.
- If your physician prescribes valium for your exam, you'll need to have someone with you who can transport you to and from the exam.
- If your exam requires contrast, which improves visibility when reviewing certain results, you will be asked to sign a consent form. The contrast is administered intravenously.
- You will be placed on a table and guided into the machine.
- During the exam, you will hear knocking or thumping sounds which may sometimes be quite noisy. These sounds are 100% normal. Earphones and music are available to help reduce the sound.
- You must lie still during the scan. There are microphones inside the machine so the technologist can communicate with you when needed. You may bring a favorite CD or cassette tape for us to play if you like.
- The exam may range from 20 minutes to an hour.
- When the exam is completed, the technologist will assist you off the table and escort you back to your dressing booth so that you may dress and leave. Results will be forwarded to your physician who will review them with you.
Note that it is recommended that you arrive 30 minutes early to complete the registration process.
The Central Scheduling Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Our Phone: 914.493-2500 (to schedule an appointment press 2)
- Fax: 914.493.2501
Nuclear Medicine Phone: 914.493.7552
Vascular and Interventional Radiology Phone: 914.493.7560
You can also request an appointment online by clicking the button below
Scheduling Your Appointment
When calling our scheduling department, a friendly voice will greet you and ask for some information to schedule your examination. If possible, please have the following information available:
- General information: name, address, telephone number with area code, Social Security number, driver's License number
- The prescription from the doctor describing the type of examination to be performed.
What type of insurance you have.
- If the examination you are having requires a pre-certification or pre-authorization number, please give that number to the scheduler. If you are not sure whether or not your particular insurance provider requires a pre-certification or pre-authorization, please call your insurance benefits coordinator who should be able to help you.
- Specific information: You may be required to give more detailed information about your examination such as if you have any allergies, if you take certain kinds of medication or, in the case of an MRI examination, if you have a pacemaker or any metallic objects inside your body.
Please notify the scheduling staff if you have had any previous examinations at the Advanced Imaging Center or Westchester Medical Center.