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My doctor ordered an MRI exam with contrast. What is contrast and is it safe?
Gadolinium is an injectable agent used for MRI exams. It makes certain structures more visible on an MRI. Gadolinium is generally very safe with very few side effects. MRI contrast is much different than CT dye and is unrelated chemically to CT dye. If you have had CT dye in the past, and experienced a reaction of some type, MRI dye is not known to causes similar reactions. If you are concerned about your exam with MRI contrast we suggest you discuss this with your referring doctor. They can explain the benefits of doing the exam with contrast and why you should consent to this procedure.
Why do I need blood work for my MRI exam with contrast?
Gadolinium should be avoided for patients with reduced kidney function. We assess this with standard bloodwork done by your doctor or in a lab. We require blood work if you are age 55 or over.
Can you send my imaging results to other physicians?
We will send your results to any physician you request us to. You must notify us which physician you wish to receive the reports and provide a phone and fax number for each one.
I have a large deductible on my insurance policy. Will I have to pay when I arrive for my office visit?
Many insurance policies now have large deductibles and copays. When you schedule your appointment we will verify your insurance and do our best to tell you if you should expect an out of pocket expense for your exam. If you do have large out of pocket costs we will work with you on a payment plan to make the exam more affordable.
Can I get to your facility by public transportation?
Yes, we are conveniently located 3 blocks from the New Hyde Park LIRR station.
By Bus you can reach us by taking the N24 and getting off at the New Hyde Park Road stop or by taking the N25 and getting off at the Jericho Turnpike stop.
Can I get a copy of my images?
Upon request, every patient can leave the office with a CD of your images. You can wait while it is prepared or you can return the next day to pick it up. You can tell us your preference when you arrive for your exam.
How long will it take my doctor to get results?
Your doctor will generally have a report within 24 hours of your exam.
How long do I have to wait to get an appointment?
XRay patients can just walk in with no appointment necessary.
MRI and Ultrasound patients can usually be scheduled within 1-2 days. Emergency studies will be seen the same day if we receive a request directly from your doctor.
What parking is available for your patients?
Metered parking is available on the street from 9am-6pm daily. Meters require quarters and each quarter give you 1/2 hour of parking. Max time at the meter is 1-2 hours depending on the meter. Be sure to read the meters carefully to avoid a ticket.
Street parking is available in the residential area after 3pm with no meters.
When should I arrive for my appointment?
Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to fill out paperwork. If you have filled out paperwork online you can arrive 10 minutes before your schedule appointment.
Can I eat before my exam?
You can eat before your MRI or XRay appointment. If you require sedation for your MRI you will have to fast. See our preparation instruction for sedation patients.
Some ultrasound exams require that you do not eat prior to the exam. Please see our ultrasound preparation instructions for your particular exam