Wide Bore MRI - Hunterdon, NJ - Hunterdon Radiological Associates Schedule Procedure


Benefits of Wide Bore MRI

Hunterdon Imaging P.A. welcomes patients to benefit from our Wide Bore MRI Magnet machines in our Flemington and Annandale, NJ locations. Wide Bore MRI has established a new standard in patient comfort with an opening of 70 centimeters and one foot of headroom. This machine is ideal for the obese (up to 500lbs), elderly, children and the claustrophobic.

Benefits of Wide Bore MRI

There are benefits a Wide Bore MRI Magnet offers in favor of a traditional Closed-Bore scan. Patients who have difficulty fitting comfortably into the closed environment machine may find the Wide Bore MRI more comfortable. There is less of a claustrophobic feeling with this technique. Also, a Wide Bore MRI offers higher quality imaging, producing a clearer picture with more precise results.

Understanding the MRI Procedure

Before having your MRI, you need to make necessary preparations. You will be asked a number of questions which will help decide whether you are a good candidate for the procedure.

About The Exam

When you arrive for your exam, your clothing must be completely free of all metals. If not, you will be required to wear a gown. The MRI scanner is in an area that has been shielded from outside metallic fields. The scanner creates a magnetic field around you, then pulse radio waves are directed to the tissue in question. A device called a "coil" will be placed over or under you. It is specialized to produce the clearest picture of the area being scanned. When you are comfortably positioned, the table will move to the magnet. The technologist will step into the control area while staying in constant contact with you both visually and through the intercom.

As the scan begins, you will hear the equipment making muffled thumping or knocking sounds that will last for several minutes. Other than that sound, you should experience no unusual sensations during the scanning. The MRI will consist of several sequences that may last anywhere from 1-10 minutes (the average being 4 minutes) depending on the area being scanned. A complete scan usually takes about one hour; some scans take more than 90 minutes.

Certain MRI exams require an injection of a contrast material. This helps identify certain anatomic structures on the scan images. Movement causes the images to blur, in which case the whole sequence may have to be repeated. The technologist will explain to you ahead of time and throughout the scan when it is okay to move and when it is necessary to hold still. Be sure to tell the technologist if you are feeling anxious. There are many ways to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during this procedure.

Why Do You Need an MRI Scan?

An MRI is performed for numerous reasons, including detection of strokes, eye and ear disorders, aneurysms, and muscle damage. Patients with injury to the brain may also need this scan, as the high resolution will show the doctors a detailed image. The MRI may also show a detailed image of heart damage caused by a heart attack.

New Jersey residents can trust our team for a careful and accurate exam. At our locations in Annandale and Flemington, NJ, MRI scans can be scheduled with ease, so contact us today.