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High Field MRI & Open MRI
Available at these locations:
3040 Amsdell Road
Hamburg, NY 14075
Open MRIs are available in Hamburg.
3050 Orchard Park Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
1.5 high field MRIs are available in Orchard Park.
Southtowns Radiology is proud to offer both a 1.5T High Field MRI system as well as an open MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a technique that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues within your body. The High Field MRI is a cylinder shape and opens at either end. The room is kept cool. MRI works with a strong magnetic field. Please read below for what to expect before and during your exam.
Our Open MRI is used to accommodate claustrophobic and larger patients. The open MRI does not completely surround your body. It is open on three sides. An Open MRI provides a more relaxed, less confining environment and lower noise levels making it less stressful for you. This scanner can also accommodate larger patients, with a table weight limit of 500 lbs.
MRI Exams we offer
- Internal Auditory Canal (IAC)
- Breast Biopsy
- Implant Rupture
- Lesion Evaluation
- Brachial Plexus
- Extremity Upper (arm, hand and joints – wrist, elbow, shoulder)
- Extremity Lower (leg, foot and joints – hip, knee, ankle)
- Neck (soft tissue)
- Pelvic Floor
MRA (Arteries) Exams we offer
- Aorta (abdominal, thoracic)
- Circle of Willis
Southtowns Radiology also offers specialized MRI
- Breast MRI
- MR Enterography
- MR Arthrograms
- MR Pelvic Floor
About the MRI Procedure
Because of the strong magnetic field used during the exam, certain conditions may prevent you from having a MR procedure. When scheduling your appointment and prior to your exam, please alert our staff and technologist to the following conditions that may apply to you. The radiology staff will let then let you know whether you can have the MRI exam and whether the exam needs to be modified for your particular condition.
- History of kidney problems
- Skin tattoos
- Neurostimulators (TENS-unit)
- Implanted drug infusion device (i.e., insulin pump)
- Exposure of metal fragments to your eye
- Artificial heart valves
- Aneurysm clips
- Cochlear implants
- Metallic implants and prosthesis
- Vascular stent or stent graft
- History as a metal worker
- Shrapnel or bullet wounds
- Dorsal column stimulators
- Allergy to IV contrast
- History of diabetes
- Other conditions you believe to be relevant
- Please leave your valuables at home, including jewelry, to prevent it from being lost, for they have to be removed prior to entering the scan room.
- Please bring a list of your current medications.
There is little preparation for an MRI exam. Take your daily medications as you normally would, unless instructed otherwise. There are few dietary restrictions for an MRI. For those exams, you will be notified of the requirements.
- Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your exam and check in with the receptionist. You will need to review the MRI screening form.
- To eliminate possible MR safety issues, you may be asked to change into a hospital gown. A locker will be supplied to secure your belongings.
- A technologist will verify your identification and the requested exam. Your screening form will be reviewed by the technologist in consultation with the radiologist if indicated. If MRI contrast is indicated for the exam, an IV catheter will be inserted in your arm by a nurse or technologist.
- The duration of the procedure will vary but the average is 30 to 45 minutes per body part.
- You will be required to lie still during the actual MR scanning. Depending on the body part that is being examined, you may be instructed to hold your breath for up to 30 seconds.
- The magnet is permanently open on both ends. It is well lit and there is a fan for patient comfort. There is also a two way intercom system for communication between patient and technologist. The part of the body being scanned will be placed in the middle of the magnet.
- During the actual imaging, you will hear a loud intermittent banging noise. You will be provided with earplugs or head phones to minimize the noise during the procedure. In some instances music can be provided.
- The technologist will also provide you with an alarm button to alert the technologist of any discomfort you may experience at any point during the MRI exam.
- Some MRI exams require an injection of intravenous MRI contrast. Inform the technologist if you experience any discomfort during the injection.
- If a dye injection is used, the IV is removed from the arm before you go home.
- Allergic reaction from gadolinium dye is extremely rare. However, if you experience symptoms such as rash, hives, or shortness of breath, you should notify the technologist immediately if you are still at the imaging facility, or call your doctor or go to the nearest hospital if you have already left the imaging facility.
- If you have been sedated you will require a driver.
You can safely undergo MRI if you have orthopedic metallic hardware in your joints—such as a metallic plate or hip replacement. However, if the metal device is located close to the part of the body being examined, the images can be seriously degraded and useless.
Patient Guide: This guide covers what you need to do to get the best MRI scan of your pelvic floor, rectum and sphincter.
Please use this guide to answer questions you might have.
How do I prepare for MRI of the Pelvic Floor?
- No prep is necessary, it is okay to eat, drink and take your medications as normal.
- Please arrive at the MRI office 30 minutes before your exam with your insurance information and personal identification.
- MRI of the pelvic floor may last up to 60 minutes.
What should I expect during the scan?
- Some patients may feel a small amount of discomfort from bloating or cramping during the exam.
- You will be instructed to change into a gown and put on disposable briefs. This will allow you to move your bowels while the MRI takes pictures of the muscles of your pelvic floor.
- An MRI technologist will bring you into the scanner room and you will lie on your side.
- The technologist will then gently insert gel into your rectum through a small enema tip.
- Next, you will be asked to position yourself on your back.
- The MRI technologist will then set up the MRI coil (small pad on pelvis area), used for the imaging.
- When the scan begins, the scanner will make loud repeated knocking sound as it is taking the pictures. You will be given ear protection (ie earplugs or headphones) , during the exam to lessen the sound.
- At times during the exam, the staff will instruct you to “ HOLD IN” ,” RELAX” , and “BEAR DOWN”. You will also be asked to bear down and pass the gel that was inserted at the beginning of the test.
What happens after my MRI of the pelvic floor?
After the exam is complete the technologist will bring you to a private restroom and you will be given a washcloth and towel to clean up. A special doctor, called a Radiologist, will review at the images taken during your exam. A written report will be sent to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss the results with you.