In an effort to offer you and your physician more options than ever, our Hamilton, New Jersey location will soon hold a grand opening for Extremity MRI services.
Now you can experience this amazing technology in the soothing, calming atmosphere of our remarkable Visual Therapy setting, which give you the feeling of nature and being outdoors.
An extremity MRI is an imaging procedure that uses magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate the tissues in the arms and legs, including the hands and feet and the joints in these areas. Unlike a traditional whole-body MRI that uses a large tube-like device to perform scans and obtain images of internal organs and tissues, extremity MRIs are performed using a scanner specifically designed for extremities. The machine enables your head and torso to remain outside of the scanner and to have images made while you sit or recline comfortably, eliminating the "closed-in" feeling that many people experience with traditional MRI machines.
MRIs are noninvasive, do not use x-rays and are completely painless. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing for your MRI and leave any jewelry at home. If your leg or foot is being evaluated, you may be asked to wear a hospital gown. During the exam, you'll be able to sit or lie down while the limb (or extremity) is placed inside the scanner. As images are made, you'll hear noises like thumping, tapping or snapping as the magnetic fields shift positions to enable the radio energy and computer to gather data and create the final detailed images. In most cases, you'll be asked to remain completely still for the procedure and straps may be used to keep your limb in the proper position; in other cases, depending on the images your doctor needs for your evaluation, you may be asked to move your limb or hold a specific position for a portion of the procedure. Once the MRI is complete, you'll be able to return to your regular activities right away. Most extremity MRIs take about a half hour to perform, though some may take a little longer, especially those involving the spine.
MRI appointments available 7 days a week, and we accept most insurance plans.