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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

For Appointments, Call 866.596.8456

For Copies of Images or Radiologist Reports, Call 845.368.5000 (ext. 6120).

MRI is a non-invasive imaging technology that produces three dimensional detailed anatomical images without the use of damaging radiation. It is often used for disease detection, diagnosis, and treatment monitoring. It is based on sophisticated technology that excites and detects the change in the direction of the rotational axis of protons found in the water that makes up living tissues.

At Good Samaritan Hospital we offer the latest MRI equipment and technology:

Ultra wide, for less stress

  • At 70cm wide, our MRIs are large enough to easily accommodate patients up to 500 lbs. in comfort.
  • The open design helps alleviate feelings of claustrophobia in patients of all ages and provides a great range of motion for patients when trying to capture specific images.

Faster and quieter

  • The advanced technology provides a quieter environment which allows us to capture high-quality images in less time, so your exam will be smoother and easier.

Remarkable images

  • Our MRIs capture the most clear, detailed and precise images to help them make a proper diagnosis for you.

At Good Samaritan Hospital our team of radiologists and technologists work together to provide you with the best possible experience.

Our special training includes:

  • Our staff technologists who perform MRIs have credentials (or are eligible for them) from the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
  • All radiologists who interpret MRI results have completed imaging fellowships specific to MRI. That means, they spent an extra year studying this field to become experts.

Hours and Appointments

Good Samaritan Hospital
255 Lafayette Avenue, first floor 
Suffern, NY 10901

Open seven days a week, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. -- Providing after work appointments for your convenience  
For appointments and insurance inquiries: 866.596.8456

What do I bring?

You’ll need your insurance information, the prescription for the procedure from your doctor (a phone order from your doctor is acceptable, too), and a referral if your insurance requires it.

How do I prepare?

For most exams, you don’t need special preparation, and you can eat and drink lightly prior to the exam, and take any of your prescribed medications. For certain exams, you cannot eat or drink for four hours before your scheduled exam. In these instances, we will give you instructions when you schedule with us.

What if I have any allergies?

Please be sure to inform the scheduler as certain allergies may require you to be pre-medicated.

What will happen during my MRI?

  • Before your MRI, we will ask you to change into an examination gown. We will also have you remove watches, removable dental work, hearing aids, hair pins, glasses, wallet and all jewelry (locker will be provided).
  • Just before your exam, we’ll ask you questions about your medical history and possible contraindications. A technologist will explain the exam to you and what to expect. Please don't hesitate to ask questions.
  • With most MRI procedures (there are some exceptions) you may listen to music. We have many satellite stations for you to choose from.
  • The most important thing to do during your MRI exam is to remain as still as possible. This allows the technologist to get the best possible images.
  • An MRI exam involves close surroundings. If you feel uncomfortable in these situations, you should ask your physician to prescribe something to help you before arriving. If he or she prescribes sedation medication for you, please follow your physician's and/or medical provider's recommendations and instructions carefully.
  • While the MRI exam itself is painless, you may need an injection of contrast material part way through the exam to obtain additional information for your doctor. While the majority of patients do not require this injection, occasionally it may be necessary.

How long does the MRI exam take?

Approximately 30 to 60 minutes. During the exam, you will hear a loud knocking sound like a drum beat. The technologist will speak to you intermittently during the procedure. It is imperative to remain still at this time.

What precautions should I take?

MRI uses a safe, but powerful magnet. So please let us know immediately if you have:

  • A pacemaker
  • Any metal implants
  • Any cerebral aneurysm clips or vascular clips
  • Ever done any grinding or welding of steel or sheet metal work, even as a hobby
  • Ever been exposed to shrapnel or had metal in your eyes or face
  • An IUD or if you are pregnant

How do I get the results of my MRI?

When the scan is finished, the images will be reviewed for quality. Please know, the technologist will not discuss the results with you. A radiologist will study the images and report the results to your physician and/or medical provider.

We promise to make your MRI as seamless and as pleasant as we can.

New MRI system

The new Ingenia Ambition 1.5 T MRI system scans 50 percent faster than earlier generations of the technology with little to no image quality degradation; the large 70 cm short bore enables the equipment to accommodate more patients, particularly those with a larger BMI.

Good Samaritan Hospital strives to make the imaging experience pleasant for each patient. To help accomplish this, the upgraded Radiology Department now features ambient lighting and acoustic noise reduction as well as voice guidance and calming visuals for a more relaxing sensory experience. The ambient experience cove lighting can reduce patient stress and anxiety. The expanded space also includes four ambient patient bays, six dressing rooms with handicapped access and seven lockers.

This advanced imaging technology is unique to Rockland, Orange and Bergen Counties.

Ingenia Ambition 1.5 T MRI system

Ingenia Ambition 1.5 T MRI system

Patient Bay

Waiting Room