Magnetic Resonance Imaging and
Magnetic Resonance Angiography

Non-invasive, technologically advanced radiation free imaging

What is MRI/ MRA?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is a state of the art technology that uses a magnetic field and radio waves to show detailed pictures from within the body. Used most commonly to show the brain, spine and joints, this painless technique also helps to uncover tumors or other abnormalities within the body’s soft tissues and organs. In fact, it is such an accurate diagnostic indicator that it often eliminates the need for invasive biopsies or exploratory surgery. Like MRI, magnetic resonance angiography uses a magnetic field and radio waves for detection. MR Angiography is a study of blood vessels. It uses MRI technology to detect, diagnose, and aid the treatment of heart disorders, stroke, and blood vessel diseases.

Freehold MR Associates, offers two high field magnets at its facility. Our new state of the art Siemens Espree Open Bore high field MRI scanner, not only provides high-quality imaging for diagnostic analysis, but its open bore allows patients to be more comfortable with more leg room, head room, and elbow room. For claustrophobic patients, larger size adults, and children our Open Bore MRI is the system of choice. Both of our 1.5 Tesla High Field MRI scanners produce high quality images with precision and clarity, which physicians prefer. We are proud to be an ACR accredited Facility.

How does MRI/MRA work?

Lying flat on a cushioned exam table, the area of your body to be examined will be positioned within a magnetic field while safe radio waves are repeatedly turned on and off. Your body will react by emitting signals of its own that vary according to the characteristics of the tissue or bone being scanned. These variations create a clear detailed visual record. The signals from your body are transmitted to a computer that processes the information to produce the image of the scanned area. Depending on the type of exam being done, the patient may receive an injection of contrast material usually gadolinium during one of the imaging sequences. This enhances the visibility of certain tissues and blood vessels. The entire procedure will be performed by a magnetic resonance technologist and will last from 20 to 50 minutes. One of Freehold Radiology’s board certified radiologists will study the images for an accurate diagnosis.

How should you prepare?

Wear loose comfortable clothing with no metal zippers or buttons.

You can eat normally before the exam, no special diet is required in most cases.

Music is provided during your exam. If you have a favorite CD, please bring it with you.

You will be asked to remove your glasses, hearing aids, jewelry, keys, watches, coins, hairpins, dental work and any other metallic objects on your body or clothing.

Expect to feel slight vibrations or hear periodic tapping or thumping sounds.

You will be asked a series of questions when making an appointment:

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you will be advised by our technical staff whether the exam can be performed.