With board-certified radiologists and accreditations by the American College of Radiology for Excellence, Montclair Radiology provides diagnostic MRI exams using the most up-to-date MRI techniques and state-of-the-art technology.
An MRI scan is a sophisticated imaging procedure that will help your physician better understand and diagnose a particular health issue. At Montclair Radiology, we practice safe, up-to-date MRI scanning procedures, thus providing patients and physicians faster and more accurate detection.
Montclair Radiology continues to be one of the leading radiology centers in NJ. As the first site in America to clinically utilize MRIs and Northern New Jersey’s first radiology practice to offer open-air MRI, Montclair Radiology stays up-to-date on the latest procedures and technology to provide better service to our patients and physicians.
We have 4 best in class MR machines available to accommodate all of our patient’s needs.. At our West Caldwell location, we have one of the area’s few truly OPEN High Field 1.0T MRI units, and a new 3T Wide Bore patient-friendly MRI machine. Offering the best image quality and unparalleled patient comfort with an opening of 2.3 ft., this is the strongest MRI machine with the largest opening available producing exceptional images. In our Nutley imaging center, we have a Toshiba Vantage 1.5 T machine. It is the quietest machine MRI machine available. In Montclair our Siemens 1.5 wide bore MRI unit has the widest opening of any high field MRI available. It also has a very compact length and this allows for more than 60 % of exams to be completed with the patient’s head outside the MRI unit.
Most importantly though is the superb quality of the exams produced on our machines. Our specialty-trained radiologists are well-versed in the most up-to-date MRI techniques available.
An MRI does not use any harmful radiation in creating images. Strong magnetic fields and radiofrequency waves (i.e. the same wavelength used in conventional radio transmissions) are used to create images, and no known harmful effects from MRI scans have been shown in people.
Some MRI exams require an IV injection of contrast material, a non-reactive, safe chemical called gadolinium, which helps radiologists to more easily seen organs on MRI scans. It is injected through an IV and is distributed through your bloodstream. Gadolinium contrast is very safe. It’s distributed in your blood and is excreted by your kidneys, within minutes of the injection. In addition, there’s extremely low risk of reaction to the compound.
When scheduling your MRI appointment, please talk to our staff and technologists, as certain conditions may either prevent you from having an MRI procedure or whether the exam needs to be modified for your particular condition. Please see other patient safety tips you need to know prior to your MRI procedure.
Most MRI exams run for approximately 30 minutes or less. During the MR imaging, you’ll be required to lie still while the part of the body is scanned. You’ll also hear a loud intermittent banging noise, but our staff will give you headphones or earplugs to help reduce the noise during the procedure. In a closed MRI, there is a two-way intercom system, allowing you to communicate with your MRI technologist if you’re feeling any discomfort during the procedure. We also have open MRIs for those patients who are claustrophobic. After the procedure, if you haven’t been sedated, you may go home immediately after the scan.