Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Hours and appointments
Samaritan Regional Medical Center, first floor
255 Lafayette Avenue, Suffern, NY 10901
Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For appointments and insurance inquiries: 1-866-596-8456
Department telephone: 845-368-5531
Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, is a non-invasive diagnostic tool that uses radio frequency waves and a magnetic field—rather than radiation—to create detailed images of human anatomy. Doctors commonly prescribe MRIs to help diagnose conditions of the brain, spine, body or joints. There are no known side effects with MRIs.
We offer the latest MRI equipment and technology:
Ultra wide, for less stress. At 70cm wide, our MRIs are large enough to easily accommodate patients up to 500 lbs., in comfort. The open design helps alleviate feelings of claustrophobia in patients of all ages.
Faster and quieter. This allows us to capture high-quality images in less time and with less noise, so your exam will be smoother and easier.
Remarkable images. The more information your doctor has, the better. Our MRIs capture detailed, precise images to help him or her make a proper diagnosis for you.
FAQs for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
do I bring? You’ll need your insurance information, the
prescription for the procedure from your doctor (a phone order from your doctor
is acceptable, too), and a referral if your insurance requires it.
How do I prepare? For most exams, you don’t need special preparation, and you can eat and drink lightly prior to the exam, and take any of your prescribed medications. For certain exams, you cannot eat or drink for four hours before your scheduled exam. In these instances, we will give you instructions when you schedule with us.
Do I have any allergies? Please be sure to inform the scheduler as certain allergies may require you to be pre-medicated.
What will happen during my MRI? Before your MRI, we will ask you to change into an examination gown. We will also have you remove watches, removable dental work, hearing aids, glasses, wallet and all jewelry (except silver or gold rings).
Just before your exam, we’ll ask you questions about your medical history and possible contraindications. A technologist will explain the exam to you and what to expect, and he or she will ask you to sign a consent form.
With most MRI procedures (there are some exceptions) you may listen to music, so you may wish to bring a CD with you to enjoy during the exam.
The most important thing to do during your MRI exam is to remain as still as possible. This allows the technologist to get the best possible images.
An MRI exam involves close surroundings. If you feel uncomfortable in these situations, you should ask your physician to prescribe something to help you before arriving. If he or she prescribes sedation medication for you, please follow your physician's and/or medical provider's recommendations and instructions carefully.
While the MRI exam itself is painless, you may need an injection of contrast material part way through the exam to obtain additional information for your doctor. While the majority of patients do not require this injection, occasionally it may be necessary.
How long does the MRI exam take? Approximately 30 to 60 minutes. During the exam, you will hear a loud knocking sound like a drum beat. The technologist will speak to you intermittently during the procedure. It is imperative to remain still at this time.
What precautions should I take? MRI uses a safe, but powerful magnet. So please let us know immediately if you have:
- A pacemaker
- Any metal implants
- Any cerebral aneurysm clips or vascular clips
- Ever done any grinding or welding of steel or sheet metal work, even as a hobby
- Ever been exposed to shrapnel or had metal in your eyes or face
- An IUD or if you are pregnant
How do I get the results of my MRI? When the scan is finished, the images will be reviewed for quality. Please know, the technologist will not discuss the results with you. A radiologist will study the images and report the results to your physician and/or medical provider.
Whether this is your first MRI or you’ve had the test before, we welcome you. And we promise to make your MRI as seamless and as pleasant as we can. If you have any questions or concerns, just let us know.