Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed still and moving images of the heart. Cardiac MRI is one of the most accurate ways to measure heart function, leaking valves, detect scarring of the heart muscle, viability of heart muscle tissue, cardiac sarcoid, and congenital heart problems. This imaging modality is particularly helpful in patients with corrected Tetralogy of Fallot , patients with Fontan circulation or other patients with unique anatomy. Coronary artery disease can be also be detected using a special technique called stress perfusion.
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that allows doctors to see inside the human body in remarkable detail without using radiation. 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.
How do I prepare for my MRI scan?
Very little preparation is required for an MRI scan. You will be asked to remove all metallic items such as watches, jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, and hearing aids and change into a patient gown. A personal locker will be provided for safe-keeping of valuables. Certain exams may require a short period of fasting prior to imaging. If so, you will be made aware of this when you book your appointment.
Will I receive intravenous injections?
For some procedures, it may be necessary to inject contrast material, which enables radiologists to see specific areas of your body more clearly. If you will be receiving contrast, a nurse will place an IV prior to your exam.
What can I expect during the MRI scan?
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 examination, you will be able to speak to the technologist via an intercom. 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 will be reviewed by a Radiologist. The Radiologist will send a report to your physician.
Not everyone is able to 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. Be sure to inform the facility of any of the following when you call to schedule your appointment:
• Stent insertion within the last six weeks
• Metallic foreign bodies (artificial joints, metallic valves, etc.)
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.
MRI Contrast Questionnaire
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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.
Westchester Medical Center Advanced Imaging
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 1000
Hawthorne, NY 10532
Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
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The Advanced Imaging Center hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are available for MRI services.
From Tappan Zee Bridge
One mile after tolls, stay to the left for Exit 8 (287 East to White Plains -- New England)
Get off at Exit 4 Hartsdale. At the stop sign, make a left. Make next left -- 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge).
Get off at Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway). Stay on the left -- Parkway North.
Get off at second exit on the Sprain Parkway marked (Medical Center). At the stop sign, make a right. At the traffic light, make a right onto Bradhurst Avenue, then make a right into the entrance of the Medical Arts Atrium Building.
Westchester Medical Imaging Services is in the Medical Arts Atrium Building, Suite 1000. Once inside the building, go to the right toward the elevators, then go to your left. Straight ahead will be the entrance to Westchester Medical Imaging Services.
From Connecticut/New England Thruway I-95
Get off at Exit 21 -- 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge). Continue on 287 to Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway).
Then, follow above directions.
From Northern Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties
Take the Taconic Parkway, South, to Sprain Brook Parkway.
Get off at the second exit (right after the police barracks), Route 100, Hawthorne. At the end of the exit ramp, bear right onto Route 100 (which is also Bradhurst Avenue).
Westchester Medical Imaging Services is located at 19 Bradhurst Avenue, in the Medical Arts Atrium Building (which is past the first traffic light). Make a right into the entrance of the Medical Arts Atrium Building. Once inside the building, go to the right toward the elevators, then go to your left. Straight ahead will be the entrance to Westchester Medical Imaging Services.