MRI is a noninvasive and painless procedure in which radio waves and powerful magnets linked to a computer are used to create remarkably clear and detailed pictures of organs and tissues inside the body, without the use of radiation. MRI is useful for diagnosing many conditions, including:
Yes. MRI is extremely safe, as long as proper precautions are taken with regard to metal objects (which can be attracted to the magnet). There is no exposure to radiation.
Before you arrive for your exam at The Allen Hospital, please have your doctor call (212) 932-4161 to schedule your exam. Remember to bring your requisition or prescription form from your doctor as well as your insurance card to the hospital when you register.
Certain types of metal in the area being scanned can cause significant errors, called artifacts, in the images. You will be asked to remove your jewelry, watch, hairpins, bobby pins, hearing aids, removable dental work, and glasses. The technologist and/or nurse will ask you questions about your medical history before you have your procedure, including:
If you are extremely claustrophobic, check to see if it might be possible for you to receive a sedative before your exam.
An MRI exam is one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you can have.
A radiologist will study the images from your exam and send a report of the findings to your designated healthcare provider. Your healthcare provider's office will contact you to discuss the results of your exam.
Imaging tests are often covered by insurance, but coverage can vary depending on your insurance carrier, your plan, and the reasons for the examination. Before you have your MRI, please call the number on the back of your insurance card to determine if it will be covered. You will likely need pre-authorization for the exam.
Please call the Department of Radiology at NewYork-Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital at (212) 932-4161.
5141 Broadway (at 220th Street)
New York, NY 10034
Telephone: 212-932-4161 or 4162, 866-NYP-ALLEN