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Advanced technology, in a healing environment.

The MRI suite at Griffin Hospital incorporates state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology in a personalized, healing environment. Our staff of board certified and state licensed Radiologists and technologists ensure that your MRI exam is performed and interpreted using the latest imaging techniques. It is our goal to offer a comfortable, anxiety-free environment to our patients while providing exceptional imaging. We are proud of the fact that our MRI Department is recognized by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and is accredited in both MRI and breast MRI imaging. The department recently received its fourth accreditation award from the American College of Radiology.

American College of Radiology MRI Accredited FacilityAmerican College of Radiology Breast MRI Accredited Facility

In 2015, Griffin Hospital was awarded a three-year term of accreditation in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR gold seal of accreditation represents the highest level of image quality and patient safety. It is awarded only to facilities meeting ACR Practice Guidelines and Technical Standards after a peer-review evaluation by board-certified physicians and medical physicists who are experts in the field.

The MRI unit at Griffin Hospital is a "high-field" Siemens 1.5T (T = tesla) unit. Designed to be patient-friendly, the unit boasts a "short bore" and a roomy "wide-angle" gantry, providing greater patient comfort without compromising image quality. Due to its speed, our MRI allows technologists to keep scan times to a minimum. Not all MRI units are the same, so it is important for patients and referring physicians to understand that magnet strength is a major consideration when choosing a facility for MRI services. Be assured that the MRI unit at Griffin Hospital will produce exquisite, high resolution images because it contains a "high-field" magnet.

In keeping with the Planetree Model of Care, the MRI Department offers both music and aromatherapy to provide you with a comforting environment for your MRI examination. Complimentary valet parking is offered to all outpatients who use Griffin Hospital's Diagnostic Imaging Services. This program is offered Monday through Friday. Routine outpatient appointments are available in the evening as well as on the weekends. Appointments are scheduled through the Central Scheduling Department at (203) 732-7101.

QWhen is MRI used?

Injuries show up well on an MRI. For example, an MRI may show whether you have torn ligaments or torn cartilage in your knee and help your healthcare provider decide whether or not you need surgery. It is also useful for injuries involving the shoulder, back, or neck. Healthcare providers use MRIs to see problems in the brain and spinal cord and to see the size and location of tumors. MRI is also used for Breast Imaging.

QHow do I prepare for the procedure?

No special preparation is needed. You may eat normally and take any usual medicines. For the test, wear loose, comfortable clothing without metal fastenings such as zippers or clasps because metal will interfere with the test. Do not wear jewelry. If you have any metal in your body (such as plates or screws from a previous surgery) tell your healthcare provider. If you have a pacemaker you may or may not be able to have an MRI, depending on the type of pacemaker. If you have any metal fragments in or around your eyes you cannot have an MRI because the test may injure your eyes. If you have anxiety or claustrophobia (difficulty with small or crowded spaces), let your provider know. Your technologist will ask you a series of questions to screen you for any metal in or on your body prior to the exam.

QWhat happens during the procedure?

You lie down on a cushioned bed that moves into a magnetic field created by the machine. Some MRI machines are ‘tunnel like’ and are open at both ends. Others are have a more ‘Open’ configuration.

In order to provide more patient comfort, especially for larger or claustophibic patients. Ask your healthcare provider in advance, which type of MRI would be best suited to your needs. If you get nervous when you are in small closed spaces you should talk to your healthcare provider about this before you have your MRI. He or she may be able to give you a medicine that will help you feel less nervous or anxious or may refer you to a site that has an “Open” MRI scanner.

You will have to be very still during the procedure so the pictures will not be blurry. Sometimes you are given an injection of a fluid called gadolinium before getting an MRI. This causes any abnormal areas to become very bright on the MRI. This makes them easier to see. Most MRIs take between 25 and 40 minutes. You will hear loud knocking and a whirring sound while the pictures are being taken. These sounds are normal with an MRI test. You will wear earplugs or music will be provided so that the noise doesn't sound so loud. You will be able to speak with the technologist at all times during the test through a sound system to let him or her know if you are having any problems. When the test is over you may go home. Your healthcare provider will schedule a visit with you to discuss the results.

QWhat are the benefits and risks?

An MRI is painless. No radiation is used for this test. If you were given an injection of gadolinium, there is a small chance you may have an allergic reaction, but this is very rare. Your technologist will explain the use of gadolinium fully before your exam and will answer any questions you may have. Although there is no evidence that an MRI will hurt a baby during the first trimester of pregnancy, the National Radiological Protection Board recommends not using MRI at this time of pregnancy. MRI may be used safely later in pregnancy.