Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
Clearly superior to many other techniques, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has proven very valuable for diagnosing many joint, spine, neck and musculoskeletal disorders, enabling doctors to see some body structures that may not be visible by other methods.
For patient convenience – and to ensure optimum communication between professionals and the best coordination of your care – Orlin & Cohen has in-house MRI imaging facilities with the latest in technology at 444 Merrick Road in Lynbrook, 1732 Sunrise Highway in Merrick, 1101 Stewart Avenue, Suite 100 in Garden City, 45 Crossways Park Drive in Woodbury, and 3480 Veterans Memorial Highway in Bohemia. Our offices are accredited facilities of the American College of Radiology.
We have a high-resolution, short-bore unit in Lynbrook and Woodbury, which minimizes both the MRI scan time and the potential 'claustrophobic' experience. Of note, for scanning many body parts the patient's head is completely outside of the magnet.
Our facilities in Merrick and Bohemia feature a state-of-the-art, open MRI, which eliminates the ‘claustrophobic’ feeling altogether, as it is open on all sides while still maintaining its ability to scan body parts with incredible detail.
We have a state-of-the-art, seated Extremity MRI unit which ensures excellent image quality and the ultimate in patient comfort located in Lynbrook.
Our newest High Field MRI is a one of a kind, short and wide bore unit, located at our Garden City office. It not only reduces the claustrophobic experience, but it brings comfort to a new level. Most scans can be done with the patients' arms by their side. All this is accomplished while producing superior image quality.
Beyond image quality, the key to the value of MRI testing is the interpretation or reading of the MRI scans. At Orlin & Cohen, we pride ourselves in providing the interpretive services of a radiology team led by Steven Sharon, MD who is one of the very few fellowship trained radiologists in the musculoskeletal specialty in the metropolitan area.
To further enhance the patient's experience when an MRI proves necessary, images are immediately forwarded and available to your physician in digital form. These MRI scans can subsequently be accessed by your doctor from any secure location.
If your Orlin & Cohen specialist has determined that an MRI is necessary, our knowledgeable office staff can take care of the rest: from scheduling your appointment, to obtaining authorization from your insurance company.
How should I prepare for my MRI exam?
You will typically receive a gown to wear during your MRI examination. Before entering the MR system room, you (and anyone accompanying you) will be asked questions (using a screening form) regarding the presence of implants and be instructed to remove all metallic objects from pockets and hair. Anyone accompanying you will also need to fill out a screening form to ensure that they may safely enter the MR system room. If you have questions or concerns, please discuss them with the MRI technologist prior to the examination.
Before the exam, you will be asked to fill out a screening form asking about anything that might create a health risk or interfere with imaging. Items that may create a health hazard or other problem during an MRI exam include:
- Cardiac pacemaker or implantable defibrillator.
- Catheter with metallic components that may pose a risk of a burn injury.
- Ferromagnetic metallic vascular clip placed to prevent bleeding from an intracranial aneurysm.
- Implanted or external medication pump (typically used to deliver insulin or a pain relieving drug).
- Cochlear (inner ear) implant.
- Neuro-stimulation system.
Important note: Some items including certain cardiac pacemakers, neurostimulation systems and medication pumps are acceptable for MRI. However, the MRI technologist and radiologist must know the exact type that you have in order to follow special procedures to ensure your safety.
Items that need to be removed by patients and individuals before entering the MR system room include:
- Purse, wallet, money clip, credit cards, cards with magnetic strips
- Electronic devices such as beepers or cell phones
- Hearing aids
- Metal jewelry, watches
- Pens, paper clips, keys, coins
- Barrettes, hairpins
- Any article of clothing that has a metal zipper, buttons, snaps, hooks, underwire or metallic threads
- Shoes, belt buckles, safety pins
Objects that may interfere with image quality if close to the area being scanned include:
- Metallic spinal rod
- Plates, pins, screws or metal mesh used to repair a bone or joint
- Joint replacement or prosthesis
- Metallic jewelry including those used for body piercing
- Some tattoos or tattooed eyeliner (these alter MR images and there is a chance of skin irritation or swelling; black and blue pigments are the most troublesome)
- Makeup, nail polish or other cosmetic that contain metal
- Bullets, shrapnel or other type of metallic fragment
- Metallic foreign body within or near the eye (such an object generally can be seen on an X-ray; metal workers are most likely to have this problem)
- Dental fillings (while usually unaffected by the magnetic field, these may distort images of the facial area or brain; the same is true for orthodontic braces)