Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Clifton Imagening Center  now offers patients more advanced MRI options, in more imaging centers, than any other provider in Clifton. Your physician can now refer you for one of these many options:

  • 3T MRI
  • 3T Wide-Open MRI
  • 1.5T Wide-Open MRI
  • High strength (1.2T) Open MRI
  • 1.5T MRI
  • Open MRI

Our wide selection of MRIs - most of which are offered in multiple centers throughout Clifton - ensures that you can get the right imaging test for your medical problem.

3T MRI, the highest strength magnet available, is appropriate for detecting many musculoskeletal problems, especially in small joints. It is also useful for evaluating the breast, tiny abnormalities in the brain and spinal cord, and some parts of the abdomen and pelvis.

Open MRI and Wide-Open MRI are useful for patients who tend to be claustrophobic or who are too large to fit into a closed MRI. Such patients no longer have to sacrifice image quality , thanks to the combination of high strength magnets with more open designs.

What is an MRI?


Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI, Diagnostic Imaging ToolMagnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an advanced diagnostic tool used by radiologists to evaluate subtle abnormalities that may not be detectable using other types of imaging. Unlike X-rays or CT scans, MRIs do not involve any radiation exposure.

The MRI scanner uses a very powerful magnetic field to image the human body. The magnetic fields used in MRI have attractive forces many times stronger than small, hand-held magnets. The strength of MRI magnets is measured in Teslas. A 3 Tesla (3T) magnet is nearly twice as strong as a 1.5T magnet and allows radiologists to obtain very precise, clear images of even very tiny abnormalities. However, because most abnormalities can be clearly seen with a 1.2T or 1.5T MRI, 3T MRI is reserved for specific types of medical issues.

For some MRI scans, a contrast (gadolinium) injection may be necessary to provide better information.Clifton Imaging staff will notify you at the time you schedule your MRI if this is necessary in your exam. Most MRIs do not involve a contrast injection.

In the standard, closed-bore MRI, the patient lies still within a closed, cylindrical magnet while harmless radio waves are directed at the area being evaluated, creating radio signals that are then processed by a special computer to form an image. In open MRI, the patient is not fully enclosed, making it ideal for patients who are claustrophobic or too large to fit in a closed magnet.


All of our MRI facilities are ACR accredited.

How do you prepare for your MRI?


• For most scans, there are no special preparations.


• If you are having an abdominal or pelvic MRI, please don’t eat for 4 hours prior to the scan and drink water only to swallow medications.


• Do not wear metal or jewelry.


• Let your doctor know if you have any implants, for example

- Pacemaker or cardiac defibrillator
- Brain aneurysm clip
- Cardiac stent
- Stimulators
- Metal in your eye


• Notify us in advance if you have renal (kidney) disease.


• If you are or may be pregnant, tell your physician.


• Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your appointment.


• If you must cancel or reschedule, please call us at least 24 hours before your appointment.



Special instructions for liver, kidney, adrenal, gallbladder and pancreas MRI exams:


• Do not eat or drink for 4 hours before the exam. 




Special instructions for breast MRI exams:


• Bring any mammogram, breast MRI, breast ultrasound and/or breast biopsy films and reports that have been performed by other radiology groups.



Special instructions for MR Arthrography:


• If you are taking Coumadin (a blood thinning medication), arrange with your doctor to stop taking the medication 1 - 2 days before your MR Arthrography appointment.


• Ask your physician to arrange an INR (International Normalized Ratio) blood test before your appointment. If the result is above 1.5, you will need to reschedule. Please bring your blood test results with you.


• If you are taking aspirin or other NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) like Motrin, Aleve, or Naprosyn, stop taking it 3 days before your appointment, with your doctor's permission.


What should you bring to your procedure?


• Prescription or referral from your physician


• List of medications you take


• Insurance cards


• Any previous, relevant imaging exams and reports, including MRI, CT, PET/CT, taken outside our network


• Medical history


• Pathology reports


What will you experience during your MRI?


Upon Arrival


• Because the MRI uses a powerful magnet, we will ask you to complete a safety questionnaire to learn if you have implants or other sources of metal in your body.


• We will ask you to remove any metal including jewelry, eye glasses, hearing aids, dental work, hair clips and hair pieces before your scan.


• Our MR technologists or the radiologist will ask you some medical questions and review what you can expect during the MRI.


During your scan


• We will make you as comfortable as possible on the exam table before the scan begins. Because the scanner can be noisy, we will provide you with ear protection.


• The table will slide into the MRI unit where the scan will be conducted.


• You will be able to communicate with the MR technologist at all times during your exam. The technologist will constantly supervise you and will check in with you periodically during your scan.


• Most MRI exams last less than one hour.


After your MRI

• You may leave immediately after your MRI is completed and continue with your daily routine, even if you received an injection.


•  The radiologist will review your scans and send the written report to your physician.


•  Urgent findings will be called or faxed to your physician.


Call 1-973-777-8100 to make an appointment

Our goal is to provide every patient with the most comfortable and positive experience possible. From our supportive staff to our beautiful imaging facilities, which are designed to enhance patient comfort and privacy, everything we do is focused on the needs of our patients. Please tell our staff if there is something else we can do to assist you.

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