MRI Scans
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NEW YORK, NY 10065

MRI Scans

For some patients, traditional MRI exams can be uncomfortable, claustrophobic experiences. While conventional open-bore MRI machines can increase patient comfort, they often provide less imaging power. Now, Park Avenue Radiologists is pleased to introduce a revolutionary new open MRI, the MAGNETOM Espree, the only open-bore MRI that combines the highest level of patient comfort with outstanding scanning power.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer MRI scans with the MAGNETOM Espree open MRI machine. Our open-bore MRI combines the highest level of patient comfort with outstanding scanning power. An open-bore MRI machine has a large opening, reducing any feelings of anxiety or claustrophobia. With Espree MRI technology, we can offer patients a high level of comfort while providing precise, accurate MRI results.

What is an MRI scan?

An MRI scan, officially known as a magnetic resonance imaging scan, produces incredibly detailed images of body tissues, organs, and bones without the need for radiation. Electromagnetic energy is released when exposing a patient to radio waves in a strong magnetic field, which is then measured and analyzed by a computer producing two and three-dimensional images. MRI technology can help you avoid unnecessary surgery or more unneeded diagnostic procedures.

Comfort Our MRI machines are designed to comfortably accommodate patients of any size. Our MRI machines have a foot of headroom, which will reduce any feelings of claustrophobia. Some MRI tests may be performed with your head outside of the machine for comfort.
Precision Our innovative and advanced MRI machines are a powerful diagnostic tool that provides clear images for the most accurate results. With the latest advancements in MRI technology, we can provide an MRI exam that is more comfortable, while still being precise and accurate.
Speed With advancements in MRI technology, we can conduct MRI tests in a much shorter time, allowing you to exit the MRI machine sooner. Shorter MRI exams provide accurate results and also allow you to return to your daily activities much sooner.

What can an MRI help diagnose?

An MRI scan has become a valuable diagnostic tool for detecting diseases such as cancer, heart and vascular disease, strokes, and disorders of the joints and musculoskeletal system. An MRI scan is an effective tool that can help our radiologists diagnose a wide range of illnesses and diseases. By granting our radiologists an in-depth look into the health of your brain, musculoskeletal system, breasts, or prostate, MRI tests can help accurately gauge the severity of your symptoms and provide a prompt, correct diagnosis. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer breast MRI scans, neurological MRI scans, orthopedic MRI scans, pelvic MRI scans, and prostate MRI scans.

Breast MRI Scan

Breast MRI scans are a valuable tool in addition to mammography and breast ultrasounds. While mammography detects many breast cancers, its sensitivity is limited. Breast MRI uses molecular signals to look for cancers that may be too subtle to identify with a mammogram or breast ultrasound. We provide MRI guidance for core biopsies of lesions that are only visualized on a breast MRI scan. This is important since very few outpatient facilities have this capability. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we can identify virtually all lesions that can be sampled.

We offer the latest computer-aided diagnostic software for breast MRI scans to achieve the most accurate results. Breast MRI scans can be an appropriate test in addition to mammography for patients with a family history of breast cancer. Breast MRI scans can also be helpful in patients recently diagnosed with breast cancer who desire breast conservation therapy or where there is a concern for breast tumor recurrence. Noncontrast breast MRI scans are also the best test to evaluate breast implant integrity.

After the MRI with contrast is complete, a computer processes the images and subtracts the precontrast images from the postcontrast images. The contrast allows the radiologist to see signs of cancers that mammography or ultrasounds might not be able to detect. This MRI with contrast scan takes approximately twenty minutes to complete.

Brain MRI Scan

An MRI of the head can provide images of your brain and surrounding tissues and vessels to assess your neurological health. While a CT scan can provide a look into the health of your brain, a head MRI allows our radiologists to more precisely analyze your brain, tissues, or the presence of unidentified growths. Brain MRI scans can help determine a cause of headaches and severe migraines by identifying an underlying illness. In addition, a head MRI can allow our radiologists to evaluate your neurological health after a brain or head injury.

We offer the most advanced magnetic resonance imaging currently available to help identify and diagnose blood vessel disorders, tumors, or defects of the pituitary gland. With sophisticated MRI technology, we are also able to help diagnose or detect signs of Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis before symptoms become apparent. Early detection of a neurological disorder can provide ample time to create a proactive treatment plan for the most effective results.

The length of a brain MRI may vary, depending on what symptoms you are having evaluated. The majority of head MRI scans can be completed in just thirty to sixty minutes. Brain MRI results allow our radiologists a detailed look into your neurological health, granting them the ability to detect any unhealthy or dangerous symptoms, concerns, or risks.

Orthopedic MRI Scan

Orthopedic MRI scans are MRIs that focus on your musculoskeletal system. Common orthopedic MRI scans include a hip MRI, shoulder MRI, leg MRI, lumbar spine MRI, and more. An orthopedic MRI scan can help our radiologists determine issues with your bones, tissues, or joints by analyzing any structural anomalies.

Orthopedic magnetic resonance imaging can help diagnose a hernia, spinal disc degeneration, tumors, bone marrow disease, and unhealthy bone tissue, as well as several other orthopedic conditions. Many physicians suggest an orthopedic MRI scan if an injury or symptom cannot be accurately diagnosed through other medical examinations.

At Park Avenue Radiologists, we offer orthopedic MRI tests as a diagnostic tool for a concise and correct medical diagnosis of your symptoms. Because an MRI is a quick, accurate test, our radiologists are able to properly diagnose your symptoms sooner, leaving more time to create an effective treatment plan. The majority of orthopedic MRIs can be performed in thirty to sixty minutes, but the length of your MRI scan will vary depending on and what you are having evaluated. For instance, a hand MRI may be a shorter procedure than a complex lumbar spine MRI.

Pelvic MRI Scan

MRI scans are an important adjunct to ultrasound in the evaluation of the female pelvis. MRI scans are an effective problem-solving tool in patients with abnormal ultrasound examinations because the technology involved analyzes the chemical signals of the organs being assessed. The lack of ionizing radiation is particularly beneficial for younger women. In addition, the multiplanar capabilities of an MRI machine make it more appealing than CT examinations in assessing the female pelvis.

Pelvic MRI scans may be an appropriate test in the pre-operative assessment of patients with uterine fibroids. In most cases, the ability to image in all three planes allows us to distinguish submucosal from intramural fibroids. We are also able to evaluate the renal collecting systems and ureters simultaneously, eliminating the need for IVP after ultrasound. Additionally, patients with a significant fibroid burden may be difficult to effectively evaluate by ultrasound given the lower strength of the ultrasound beam. In cases where uterine artery embolization is expected, magnetic resonance angiography may be performed simultaneously for pretherapy planning.

A pelvic MRI scan is also valuable in assessing ovarian masses. The chemical signal characteristics of dermoid tumors (cysts that form from various bodily tissues) differ from those of endometriomas (cysts that form from endometrial tissue). Both cysts may have an identical appearance in an ultrasound scan, but MRI will show differences between the two. In cases where a complex cystic mass is identified, distinguishing ovarian cancer from complex ovarian cysts is crucial. Contrast-enhanced MRI scans are an effective, helpful tool to diagnose your symptoms accurately. A pelvic MRI scan takes approximately thirty minutes to complete.

MRI scans of the male pelvis are becoming increasingly important in the evaluation of prostate cancer. Park Avenue Radiologists is at the forefront of noninvasive prostate imaging. Our experience is heightened by the addition of dynamic contrast-enhanced medical imaging that utilizes computer-aided diagnostic software for assessment of vascular lesions.

Prostate MRI Scan

A prostate MRI scan evaluates the health of your prostate gland, which is the small anatomical structure that is deep in your pelvis. The prostate gland is situated between your penis and bladder and is in front of your rectum. Your prostate gland is the size of a golf ball and is designed to liquefy semen to aid in the process of fertilization.

An MRI for the prostate gland is designed to assess the health and functionality of your prostate gland. We may suggest you undergo a prostate MRI if you show symptoms of prostate cancer or to help us better understand your specific case of prostate cancer. A precise MRI of the prostate may even help to determine your prostate cancer treatment plan.

A prostate MRI can determine if you have rising prostate-specific antigen levels. Prostate-specific antigen is a substance that is produced by the prostate gland. High levels of prostate-specific antigen may suggest the presence of prostate cancer or another prostate condition, such as a prostate infection. Most prostate MRI scans are completed within thirty to forty-five minutes, but the length of your individual prostate MRI exam may vary.

What can I expect from an MRI scan?

We understand that an MRI scan may be intimidating or anxiety-inducing, so we are dedicated to providing the highest level of patient care and comfort to reduce any stress or anxiety you may feel the day of your MRI scan. At Park Avenue Radiologists, we have state-of-the-art MRI machines with an ultra-short bore that provides maximum space and patient comfort without compromising clinical results. In addition, the table of the MRI machine can be lowered closer to the floor for easier patient access. An enhanced intercom system includes a completely integrated stereo system for patient comfort and communication with our radiologists.

During your MRI procedure, you will be able to talk to the radiologist if you have any questions or concerns. Also, you will be given an alert button to press in the event of discomfort or excessive anxiety. If at any time you would like to exit the machine due to anxiety or claustrophobia, we will promptly pause your scan so that you may relax. We offer earplugs and the ability to listen to music to help pass the time. You may bring your own music the day of your MRI exam if you feel that it may help during your MRI scan.

As with all radiological procedures patients should inform the technologist if there is any chance of pregnancy. You cannot have an MRI if you have a pacemaker, brain aneurysm clip more than 10 year old, middle ear or cochlear prosthesis, neurostimulator or have had surgery in the past week. You must advise the technologist if you have any prosthetic device (such as a knee or hip replacement).

  • On the day of your MRI scan, please remove or do not wear:
  • Anything containing metal or wire
  • Any jewelry or hair ornaments
  • Earrings, watches, or eyeglasses
  • Credit cards, Metrocards, coins, or keys

It important not to bring or wear anything that contains any metal or wire. We ask that you do not wear any jewelry, hair clips, or other accessories the day of your MRI procedure. If you do wear any accessories, eyeglasses, or jewelry, we will ask that you please remove them before entering the MRI exam room. All pockets must be empty of any coins, keys, phones, wallets, or other personal effects.

How long does an MRI scan take, and when will I get my MRI results?

When having an MRI, patients are required to lie on a sliding table and are positioned by the technologist depending on what part of the body is being scanned. It is very important that the patient remains still during the procedure. Different body parts may require you to lie in various positions for a length of time. An MRI can last anywhere from fifteen to sixty minutes. Certain MRI tests require an injection of contrast to enhance the images of certain tissue and organs. This contrast is administered through the veins and may add fifteen minutes to your entire MRI scan time. In some cases, an MRI scan can be evaluated and sent to your physician in just one day.

How can I learn more about an MRI scan?

Our radiologists at Park Avenue Radiologists would be happy to discuss an MRI scan with you. For an appointment or additional information, please call 212.888.1000, email, or request an appointment online.

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