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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Orange Regional Medical Center
707 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940

Orange Regional offers the latest MRI technology available with open and closed MRI systems.

Your MRI exam

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), is an advanced, state-of-the-art method which produces very clear pictures, or images, of the human body without the use of X-rays. This technology enables physicians to detect developing diseases or abnormalities earlier.

MRI uses a powerful but harmless magnetic field and radiowaves, like the kind that transmit your favorite FM music. The combination of radiowaves and magnetic field produce detailed images of body structures such as the brain, the spine and other vital organs.

Two types of MRI systems available at Orange Regional Medical Center, include:

  • Open Bore MRI: Orange Regional's Open Bore, 1.5 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) system has a larger bore, or opening, and can capture top-quality diagnostic images. This allows a greater range of patients to benefit from the service (there is a weight limit of 450 lbs.). Our Open Bore MRI system is also ideal for claustrophobic patients. 

    Learn more about Open Bore MRI's, how they work and the essiential benefits for our patients. Learn more >>

  • 1.5 Short Bore MRI: Our high-field, short bore MRI delivers unsurpassed diagnostic detail - providing comprehensive MRI exams from head to toe. The short bore, or opening, allows almost all MRI's to be performed with your head outside of the machine and exams are typically completed in 20 minutes. Short bore MRI minimizes feelings of claustrophobia and can provide an alternative to open MRI for many patients.  

How does MRI work?

The human body is made up of millions of atoms, which are magnetic. When placed in a magnetic field, these atoms line up with the field, much in the way a compass points to the North Pole.

Radiowaves, tuned to a specific frequency, tip these tiny magnets away from the magnetic field. As they tip, they gain energy. When the radiowaves are turned off, the atoms try to realign with the magnetic field, releasing the energy they gained as very weak radio signals. A powerful antenna picks up these signals and sends them to the computer, which performs millions of calculations to produce an image for diagnosis.

The MRI exam poses no risks to the average patient if appropriate safety guidelines are followed. If you have any questions regarding the MRI exam, please be sure to discuss them with your doctor.

What to expect during the MRI exam

Although MRI is a very advanced medical technique, the MRI exam is probably one of the easiest and most comfortable exams you may ever experience.

The technologist will simply ask you to lie down on a cushioned table which will automatically move into the magnet after you have been comfortably positioned for scanning. The technologist will leave the magnet room, but you will be in constant contact with each other through the entire exam.

When the MRI scan begins, you will hear a muffled thumping sound which will last for several minutes. Just relax, even take a nap, but try to lie as still as possible since any movement during this time will blur the picture.

Other than sound, you should experience no other sensation during scanning. When scanning is completed, the technologist will return to assist you off the table.

Patient checklist for MRI

Prior to your exam, please review the following:
  • Please bring previous X-rays applicable to the exam. The radiologist may want to review them. (For example: If you are having a MRI of the knee, bring any previous X-rays of your knee.)
  • If you think you may be claustrophobic, ask your doctor to prescribe medication prior to the exam and request our Open Bore MRI system. If you do receive medication, please bring someone with you who will be able to drive you home because you will not be able to drive yourself.
  • You CAN eat and drink prior to the exam.
  • You CANNOT have the exam if you have any of the following:
    • Cerebral aneurysm clips
    • Certain heart valves
    • Cochlear implants
    • Metal filings in the eye
    • Pacemaker
  • You will be asked a series of questions concerning your surgical and occupational background. If this history includes metal work (For example: welders, grinders, etc.) or metal implants, please be sure to tell the technologist prior to your exam. Preliminary X-rays may need to be taken.
  • Relax and do not worry about the exam!
  • We will make sure that you receive the quality, professional care that you deserve.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 845-333-7050.

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707 East Main Street
Middletown, NY 10940
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