Diagnostic MRI & MRA Services in Long Island, Queens, & Manhattan
What is an MRI/MRA scan?
MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, a powerful diagnostic tool used by radiologists to take snapshots of the inside of a person’s body. While x-rays create images of a person’s bones, MRIs add detailed information about the organs, tissues, and other structures within the body. This imaging test is painless, non-invasive, and does not expose you to radiation. Instead, the test uses magnetism and radio waves to create the images. Because the scan has no negative side effects, it can be repeated as many times as needed and is frequently used by doctors to diagnose a number of health conditions.
A similar test called an MRA, or magnetic resonance angiogram, is a type of MRI scan that creates images of specific arteries and veins. An MRA exam may be performed if your doctor suspects a narrowing or blockage within the blood vessels of your body. Sometimes MRI and MRA testing are done together to help your doctor diagnose a specific condition that relates to your blood vessels, such as heart disease, stroke, or an aneurysm.
Why is an MRI scan used?
MRI scans are used to diagnose certain conditions and to help your doctor determine whether further testing or treatment is needed. They can also be used to monitor the progression of certain conditions. MRI scans can detect a wide range of health problems, including:
Spinal Cord and Brain Conditions
- Traumatic injury
- Multiple sclerosis
Heart and Blood Vessel Function
- Heart attack or heart disease damage
- Inflammation or blockage in blood vessels
- Aorta structural problems (e.g., aneurysms, dissections)
Bone and Joint Problems
- Torn ligaments or cartilage
- Spinal disc abnormalities
- Bone infections
- Bone or soft tissue tumors
MRI imaging can also be used to check for tumors or abnormalities in other organs, including the kidneys, spleen, uterus, ovaries, prostate, liver, pancreas, or bile ducts. Additionally, MRI technology is sometimes used to help detect breast cancers and growths using MRI-guided breast biopsy.
What does an MRI/MRA scan involve?
MRI and MRA scans can be performed at Neighborhood Radiology Services in a short office visit. Your doctor will provide detailed instructions for how to prepare for your exam. Depending on the area being scanned, you may be asked to adjust your diet in the hours leading up to the exam. When you arrive, you will be asked to remove any metal clothing or accessories (e.g., belt, jewelry, hair clips, glasses).
During the procedure, you will lie down on a comfortable exam bed that can move in and out of a large round scanning area. If you are nervous about being in a confined space, talk to one of our radiologists about our state-of-the-art High-field Open MRI scanner, which has a wider scanning space and more air flow to help ease feelings of claustrophobia or discomfort.
During your MRI scan, you will be able to communicate with our technologists and our friendly staff will be there to ensure that you are completely comfortable. After the scan, one of our experienced radiologists will review your results with you and answer any questions you have.
What are the benefits of undergoing an MRI/MRA scan at Neighborhood Radiology Services?
Undergoing an MRI or MRA scan with our board-certified experts has the following benefits:
- Performed using the latest and highest quality equipment certified by the American College of Radiology (ACR)
- Non-invasive and painless procedure
- Performed in one short office visit
- Can help diagnose numerous medical conditions
- Can be performed using the High-field Open MRI machine, which offers more space and more air flow to make you feel more comfortable
If you need to book an MRI or MRA scan, contact our board-certified radiologists at Neighborhood Radiology Services, with locations throughout the New York Metropolitan Area. Fill out the form on this page to request an appointment or call 800-220-2220 to learn more about our services.