MRI (Cardiac)

MRI (Cardiac)
Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed still and moving images of the heart. Cardiac MRI is one of the most accurate ways to measure heart function, leaking valves, detect scarring of the heart muscle, viability of heart muscle tissue, cardiac sarcoid, and congenital heart problems. This imaging modality is particularly helpful in patients with corrected Tetralogy of Fallot , patients with Fontan circulation or other patients with unique anatomy. Coronary artery disease can be also be detected using a special technique called stress perfusion.

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a technique that allows doctors to see inside the human body in remarkable detail without using radiation. Instead, MRI uses a powerful magnet, radio waves and a sophisticated computer system. This scan will provide your doctor with important information on certain types of body tissue (internal organs, joints, brain and spine) differently than an x-ray or a computed tomography (CT) scan.

How do I prepare for my MRI scan?
Very little preparation is required for an MRI scan. You will be asked to remove all metallic items such as watches, jewelry, hairpins, eyeglasses, and hearing aids and change into a patient gown. A personal locker will be provided for safe-keeping of valuables. Certain exams may require a short period of fasting prior to imaging. If so, you will be made aware of this when you book your appointment.

Will I receive intravenous injections?

For some procedures, it may be necessary to inject contrast material, which enables radiologists to see specific areas of your body more clearly. If you will be receiving contrast, a nurse will place an IV prior to your exam.

What can I expect during the MRI scan?
Upon arriving in the MRI Department, you will be greeted by a receptionist and asked a series of questions. Once in the scan room, you will be asked to lie on a padded table. During the scan, it is important to hold very still, as movement will cause blurring of the pictures. Throughout the examination, you will be able to speak to the technologist via an intercom. When the scanner is operating, you will hear a loud thumping noise and may feel a slight vibration. This is normal.

How long will the MRI scan take?
Each MRI scan is different. However, most scans take between 30 and 60 minutes (per exam).

What will happen following my MRI scan?

Immediately following the scan, you may resume normal activities, diet and medications.

How do I find out the results of my MRI scan?

Your MRI will be reviewed by a Radiologist. The Radiologist will send a report to your physician.

MRI Concerns

Not everyone is able to undergo an MRI as the technology can conflict with certain conditions. In some cases, testing can go forward, but may require certain protocols to ensure your health and safety.

Both you and your physician should be aware of the following conditions which may affect an MRI. Be sure to inform the facility of any of the following when you call to schedule your appointment:

• Pacemakers
• Stent insertion within the last six weeks
• Metallic foreign bodies (artificial joints, metallic valves, etc.)

Special Circumstances
If your doctor orders mild sedation to assist with conditions such as claustrophobia, you must be accompanied by a person who will drive you home.

MRI Questionnaires 

MRI Questionnaire
MRI Contrast Questionnaire

 

Schedule Your Appointment By Phone

The scheduling staff is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.  Please have your prescription and insurance information available.

  Advanced Imaging Scheduling Call Center: 914.493.2500

For Cardiac MRI inquiries, please e-mail CardiacImaging@wmchealth.org

Any other inquiries, please e-mail AISchedulers@wmchealth.org


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Westchester Medical Center Advanced Imaging

Ambulatory Care Pavilion
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595
914.493.2500

MRI, Cardiac MRI
Pediatric MRI with Anesthesia

For Cardiac MRI inquiries, please e-mail CardiacImaging@wmchealth.org

Any other inquiries, please e-mail AISchedulers@wmchealth.org

ADVANCED IMAGING AT THE AMBULATORY CARE PAVILION
100 Woods Road, Valhalla, NY 10595

From Tappan Zee Bridge

  • Get off at Exit 8 (287 East to White Plains -- New England).
  • Get off at Exit 4 (Hartsdale). At the stop sign, make a left. Make next left back onto 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge).
  • Get off at Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway). In the exit, stay toward left onto Sprain Parkway North.
  • Get off at the second exit (Hospital Road).
  • At the stop sign, make a left.
  • At the next stop sign, make a left onto Woods Road, Enter the Ambulatory Care Pavilion.

From Connecticut/New England Thruway I-95

  • Get off at Exit 21 -- 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge).
  • Get off at Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway). In the exit, stay toward the left onto Sprain Parkway North.
  • Get off at the second exit (Hospital Road).
  • At the stop sign, make a left.
  • At the next stop sign, make a left onto Woods Road, Enter the Ambulatory Care Pavilion.

From Northern Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties

  • Take the Taconic Parkway, South, to Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • Get off at the NY-100 exit in Hawthorne. At the end of the exit ramp, bear right onto Route 100 (which is also Bradhurst Avenue).
  • Make a right at the first traffic light.
  • At the stop sign, make a left onto Woods Road, Enter the Ambulatory Care Pavilion. 

 

Please contact the Advanced Imaging Center at 914.493.2500 or e-mail AISchedulers@wmchealth.org with any inquires. 

Fuisz, Anthon R.
Fuisz, Anthon R.
Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging
Cardiology
Cardiovascular Disease
Non-Invasive Cardiac Imaging
Radiology
Gilet, Anthony G.
Gilet, Anthony G.
Director of Body MRI and Director of Radiology Residency Program
Body Imaging
Musculoskeletal Radiology
Radiology
Pearson, Gregory
Body Imaging
Radiology
Rozenshtein, Anna
Rozenshtein, Anna
Director of Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging
Body Imaging
Radiology