Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses radio waves and a strong magnetic field to provide clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues without the use of radiation or radioactive substances of any kind. With incredible accuracy, MRI can detect many abnormalities which CT scanning and X-rays cannot, especially those involving soft tissue. In fact, MRI reduces the need for biopsies, exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures, which carry associated risks. MRI is a totally painless procedure with no known side effects.
Princeton Radiology provides the full range of MRI scanners from the “Open” MRI for claustrophobic and obese patients; the 1.5T MRI the Gold Standard of MRI imaging; and now the WIDE bore 3T for specialty imaging and imaging of claustrophobic and obese patients. We have been performing MRI imaging in Central New Jersey for over 20 years with dedicated MRI radiologists in neurology and body imaging.
New Wide Bore 3T MRI
Located in our Monroe Office, this scanner is the 1st Wide Bore 3T MRI available in Central New Jersey. It is the newest unit on the market, with the strongest magnet strength available.
The additional bore area of 158 square inches (by adding another 12.4 inches to the circumference of the bore) makes it truly a WIDE bore scanner. The 3T higher field strength offers superior image quality, much faster scan times, and more imaging capabilities for a broader range of patient populations.
Due to the design of the system as a WIDE bore, it is an excellent option for claustrophobic and obese patients with a table weight limit up to 550 lbs. These patients can now have access to the best image quality available. The WIDE bore has unique pediatric applications where by the parent can now lie in the scanner with their child during the scan because the bore can fit both of them together.
In addition, this is the SHORTEST bore of any magnet currently available, more like a CT scanner, such that even abdominal imaging can be performed with the patient’s head out of the scanner.
The scan room has been totally redesigned with a full height, wall of windows with a view of the office park. These windows bring in lots of natural light, with its Southern exposure, creating a soothing and relaxing MRI experience. The skylight above and the windowed door to the room give a spacious feel to the scan room.
What will the exam be
You can help to produce high quality images by lying still during the examination while breathing normally. The average scan takes 5 to 15 minutes – the complete examination about 30 to 45 minutes.
During the examination you will not feel anything unusual. You will, however, hear a repeated drum-like knocking sound as the scans are recorded. You will be given the option to listen to satellite radio during your scan to make you more comfortable. Hearing protection will be provided to those patients who do not wish to listen to music.