MRI procedures are available at our Greentree (Marlton), Voorhees, Turnersville, Route 73, and Washington Township offices, Cross Keys and West Deptford offices.
What is MRI?
MRI is the common name for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. This equipment is used to look inside the body without using X-rays. Under controlled circumstances, magnetic field and radio frequency energy are used to create computer-assisted images of the body. These images are then interpreted by SJRA specialists trained in neuroradiology, body imaging and orthopedic radiology.
SJRA Equipment is State-of-the-Art
SJRA offers the most advanced equipment in the region. Our array of scanners allows us to optimally evaluate any clinical problem with the best technology. Our newest MRI magnet is the Siemens 3.0 Tesla Skyra, an open bore ultra high field system which is designed to optimize evaluation of smaller and deeper structures. This cutting edge magnet brings to the Delaware Valley the latest in advanced MRI capabilities.
We also offer the Siemens 3.0 T open bore Verio scanners at out Voorhees and Washington Township, Cross Keys and West Deptford offices. Our practice also offers three Siemens high field strength (1.5T) scanners, including two open bore Seimens Espree scanners, and three GE high field (1.5T) systems. All of our magnets are continually upgraded to ensure state-of-the-art technology. SJRA utilizes dedicated phased array coils for each body part assuring an optimized exam.
SJRA is proud to be one of the very few facilities in the world to be chosen as a show site by Siemens Medical Systems. We host physicians and scientists from around the world in our centers. The confidence shown in us by Siemens is a result of our commitment to the latest equipment medical science has to offer, made accessible to our patients in a warm, friendly and private environment.
ULTRA HIGH FIELD MRI
Our newest scanners, the Verio and Skyra from Siemens Medical Systems, combine the advantages of ultra high field scanning at 3.0T with Siemens revolutionary TIM (Total Imaging Matrix) technology. This allows whole body use of this advanced technology which was previously limited to neurological applications. These open bore MRIs, the Verio and Skyra, accommodate all size patients and minimize anxiety and claustrophobia. For many exams, your feet go in first. When a head first exam is necessary, there is plenty of elbow room and at least 12 inches above your face. The extra large open bore design is flared to give you a wide-open view. During the scan, you can even hold the hand of a family member to provide assurance and comfort. In some exams, special ultra lightweight coils will be placed over a part of your body. With the Skyra, SJRA physicians can take imaging to another level of resolution, allowing evaluation of problems previously limited by available technology.
What kind of preparation do I need for an MRI?
Preparation for most MRI exams is minimal. You may be asked not to eat or drink before the exam depending upon the body area to be examined. You will be asked to change into a gown. Most importantly, you must inform the staff of any metal in your body such as pacemakers, heart valves, aneurysm clips, metal fragments in your eyes, or other sources of metal. This will be reviewed in detail when you schedule your exam.
What can I expect during an MRI examination?
During the exam you will lie on a cushioned table. The body area to be examined will be placed on a “coil,” a special type of MR antenna designed to capture the images we are generating. An intercom system allows you to speak to the technologist at all times. Most exams require only 15 to 30 minutes of actual scan time.
What if I am claustrophobic or overweight?
Our wide bore field systems allow many claustrophobic patients the ability to be scanned on a high field system. Weight limits vary from one scanner to another, but the wide bore system can accommodate most patients.
For appointments, please call 1-888-909-SJRA (7572).