MRI (Cardiac)

Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a safe, non-invasive diagnostic test that uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce detailed still and moving images of the heart. This type of test does not expose the patient to any x-rays. Our new large bore machines can accommodate patients up to 500 lbs.

Cardiac MRI is one of the most accurate ways to measure heart function, for both the left and right sides of the heart. Leaking valves can also be accurately measured more precisely than with any other technique. Hemodynamically significant coronary lesions can be detected using stress perfusion cardiac MRI. Cardiac MRI is especially useful to detect scarring of the heart muscle, viability of heart muscle tissue, cardiac sarcoid, and congenital heart problems such as arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. In patients with heart failure, cardiac MRI is helpful in looking at scar patterns. Cardiac MRI is used commonly in patients with complex congenital heart disease. This imaging modality is particularly helpful in patients with corrected Tetralogy of Fallot , patients with Fontan circulation or other patients with unclear anatomy. It is also useful for measuring shunt flow non-invasively. Suspected anomalous coronary arteries can also be detected and imaged.

If you have any questions or wish to schedule an appointment please call our main number at (914) 493-2500 or click below.


As effective as it may be as a diagnostic tool, not everyone can undergo an MRI as the technology can conflict with certain conditions. In some cases, testing can go forward, but may require certain protocols to ensure your health and safety.

Both you and your physician should be aware of the following.

Conditions which may affect an MRI

  • If you have a pacemaker you cannot have an MRI.
  • If you have had stents placed in your body within the last six weeks, you cannot have an MRI.
  • If you have metal in your body (artificial joints, metallic valves), you may not be eligible for a scan. Be sure to inform the facility of this condition when you call to schedule your appointment.

Special Circumstances

If your doctor orders mild sedation to assist with conditions such as claustrophobia, you must be accompanied by a person who will drive you home.

If you are scheduled for an MRI with MRCP Protocol, you may not eat anything for four hours prior to your exam.

MRI Questionnaires


By Phone

The Central Scheduling Office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Our Phone: 914.493-2500 (to schedule an appointment press 2)
  • Fax: 914.493.2501
  • Nuclear Medicine Phone: 914.493.7552
  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology Phone: 914.493.7560


You can also request an appointment online by clicking the button below

Scheduling Your Appointment

When calling our scheduling department, a friendly voice will greet you and ask for some information to schedule your examination. If possible, please have the following information available:

  • General information: name, address, telephone number with area code, Social Security number, driver's License number
  • The prescription from the doctor describing the type of examination to be performed.
  • What type of insurance you have.
  • If the examination you are having requires a pre-certification or pre-authorization number, please give that number to the scheduler. If you are not sure whether or not your particular insurance provider requires a pre-certification or pre-authorization, please call your insurance benefits coordinator who should be able to help you.
  • Specific information: You may be required to give more detailed information about your examination such as if you have any allergies, if you take certain kinds of medication or, in the case of an MRI examination, if you have a pacemaker or any metallic objects inside your body.

Please notify the scheduling staff if you have had any previous examinations at the Advanced Imaging Center or Westchester Medical Center.


Westchester Medical Center Advanced Imaging     
19 Bradhurst Avenue, Suite 1000
Hawthorne, NY 10532
(914) 493-2500


Westchester Medical Center
100 Woods Road 
Valhalla, NY 10595

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The Advanced Imaging Center hours of operation are from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Saturday hours are available for MRI services.

From Tappan Zee Bridge
  •  One mile after tolls, stay to the left for Exit 8 (287 East to White Plains -- New England)
  • Get off at Exit 4 Hartsdale. At the stop sign, make a left. Make next left -- 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge).
  • Get off at Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway). Stay on the left -- Parkway North.
  • Get off at second exit on the Sprain Parkway marked (Medical Center). At the stop sign, make a right. At the traffic light, make a right onto Bradhurst Avenue, then make a right into the entrance of the Medical Arts Atrium Building.
  • Westchester Medical Imaging Services is in the Medical Arts Atrium Building, Suite 1000. Once inside the building, go to the right toward the elevators, then go to your left. Straight ahead will be the entrance to Westchester Medical Imaging Services.

From Connecticut/New England Thruway I-95

  • Get off at Exit 21 -- 287 West (to Tappan Zee Bridge). Continue on 287 to Exit 3 (Sprain Brook Parkway).
  • Then, follow above directions.

From Northern Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess Counties

  • Take the Taconic Parkway, South, to Sprain Brook Parkway.
  • Get off at the second exit (right after the police barracks), Route 100, Hawthorne. At the end of the exit ramp, bear right onto Route 100 (which is also Bradhurst Avenue).
  • Westchester Medical Imaging Services is located at 19 Bradhurst Avenue, in the Medical Arts Atrium Building (which is past the first traffic light). Make a right into the entrance of the Medical Arts Atrium Building. Once inside the building, go to the right toward the elevators, then go to your left. Straight ahead will be the entrance to Westchester Medical Imaging Services.


Fuisz, Anthon R.
Fuisz, Anthon R.
Director of Advanced Cardiac Imaging
Gilet, Anthony G.
Gilet, Anthony G.
Director, Body MRI and Director, Radiology Residency Program
Body Imaging
Rozenshtein, Anna
Rozenshtein, Anna
Director, Thoracic and Cardiac Imaging
Body Imaging
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