Magnetic Diagnotic Resources of Central New York


Due to the nature of our studies, all examinations should be scheduled through the referring physician's office.


Please have the following information available when scheduling an exam:

  • Patient’s full name
  • Date of birth
  • Patient’s daytime and evening phone numbers
  • Exact examination required, and clinical history (both of which, along with an ICD code for the symptoms, should be on a request of some form, sent with the patient, or faxed to MDR)
  • Social Security number (optional)
  • Surgical history and symptoms
  • Any previous, relevant x-rays, CT scans, ultrasound, or MRI studies
  • Type of insurance (verifying this information when scheduling can save your patient unnecessary delays in pre-approval

We understand that we are asking for a lot of information, but this is all for the safety and convenience of the patient.

Many questions the patient may have will not be covered in the website. In this case, we urge the patient to contact the MDR facility where his or her appointment is scheduled so that a Technologist may answer them for him/her. It is especially important that the patient bring the pertinent films/CD and insurance information. In doing so, delays in the results can be avoided.

Physician’s offices should be aware that the following patients are NOT candidates for an MRI scan:

    • Please call us if patient has any stage of renal disease and needs injections
    • Patients with aneurysm clips inside the HEAD
    • Patients with implanted neurostimulators
    • Patients with cardiac pacemakers
    • Patients with some cochlear (ear) implants
    • Patients with some cardiac valves
    • Women in their 1st trimester of pregnancy, unless it’s a dire emergency
    • Patients with metallic objects inside the eye
    • There are many other items too numerous to list here that may not be placed within the bore of the magnet.

Referral List

This is a list (not exclusive) of the more common parts of the body that are frequently scanned during MR exams:

MRI: does not include MRA (angiography):

  • Abdomen
  • Ankle
  • Arm (indicate upper or lower)
  • Brain
  • Breast *St. Joseph’s, Crouse POB locations only (Hospt.)
  • Cardiac *Crouse POB & St. Joseph’s hospital locations only
  • Cervical spine
  • Chest
  • Clavicle
  • Coccyx
  • Elbow
  • Face (soft tissue)
  • Foot
  • Hand
  • Hips
  • Knee
  • Lower leg
  • Lumbar spine
  • MR Arthrogram
  • MRCP *all locations except Fulton
  • Neck (soft tissue, NOT spine)
  • Orbits
  • Parotid glands
  • Pelvis
  • Pituitary gland
  • Prostate *North Medical location only
  • Shoulder
  • Spectroscopy *St. Joseph’s hospital location only
  • Thigh
  • Thoracic spine
  • TMJ *all locations except St. Joseph’s hospital
  • Wrist
  • Anesthesia studies *Crouse Hospital location only


  • Abdomen
  • Brain
  • Chest
  • Lower Extremity
  • Upper Extremity
  • Neck and contrast
  • Pelvis

Payment Policy

MDR provides services for numerous HMOs, and PPOs throughout Central New York. Additionally, we work with all public and private insurers including Medicare, BC/BS, and liability carriers such as Worker’s Compensation and No-Fault. Please be aware of the insurer’s policies for scheduling an MRI scan at MDR. The insurance section of the website will help.

Written Orders

All patients who visit MDR for an MRI scan need to have a written order by their Physician.

Results of the MRI Scan

For Physicians Only
A final typed and signed report should arrive at your office via fax, delivery or mail on the next business day after completion of the patient’s scan. “Wet” readings are available upon request of the referring physician only, during the hours designated by each individual MDR location.

Medicating Your Patient
At times, your patient may require medication that your office will need to prescribe for him or her to ease minor claustrophobia. When your patient requires medication, it is MANDATORY that someone other than the patient, drive the patient safely home. If the patient does not have a driver to do so, he or she will be required to stay at that MDR location until the full effect of the medication has worn off, possibly as long as 6 hours.


To facilitate early detection and enhanced diagnoses, MDR offers the most advanced breast imaging procedures, including breast MRI, in a comfortable and caring environment.

Patient Info
& Forms

To help make your visit as quick and convenient as possible, you may fill out some forms prior to your appointment. We’re also here to answer any questions you may have.

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