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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

MRI services at Ellis Hospital and McClellan Street Health Center

Our MRI capabilities are among the fastest and most powerful in the Capital Region.

What is MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging and is a painless method for taking pictures inside the body. MRI uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to scan your body and produce detailed pictures (two- or three-dimensional pictures) for diagnostic purposes. In many cases, MR images replace the need for x-rays, hospitalization and exploratory surgery.

The MRI Exam

The MRI exam is simple and painless. The patient lies on a cushioned table that slides into the tubular magnetic unit (see picture above). It is important that the patient remains perfectly still during the exam to prevent the images from blurring. A technologist monitors the exam from outside the exam room during the entire procedure. For your increased comfort, our MRI even has a sound system that enables patients to relax to music during a scan.

Ellis Medicine has MRI-certified technologists, and all scans are read by radiologists who are board-certified in subspecialties of radiology specific to various body systems, such as neuroradiology.

Advanced Technology

The MRI at Ellis Hospital was the first scanner in the Capital Region capable of echoplanar diffusion imaging of the brain. Echoplanar diffusion imaging allows doctors to quickly and accurately assess patients with early symptoms of stroke, opening the possibility of extending the use and safety of the new stroke treatments. These treatments can increase the chances of precious brain tissue being saved, reducing the severity of a stroke's long-term effects.

Ellis proudly offers MRI services at the following locations:

  • Ellis Hospital (1101 Nott Street, Schenectady)
  • McClellan Street Health Center (600 McClellan Street, Schenectady)
  • Medical Center of Clifton Park (103 Sitterly Road, Clifton Park)

MRI Parking Only signParking at Ellis Hospital

  1. Enter the Rosa Road parking garage
  2. Dedicated parking is on the ground level
  3. Drive to the back-left corner and find the MRI PARKING ONLY signs
  4. Exit the garage at the back-left and follow sidewalk to the MRI Center

If you park in the Nott Street parking garage ...

  1. Proceed to the registration desk and turn right. 
  2. Follow signs for MRI Center

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 518.243.4311.