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Advantages of Open MRI –

Even though Open MRI exams uses a lower field strength magnet and often take longer to complete, excellent image quality and an accurate diagnosis are easily achievable because patients tend to be more comfortable and can remain still longer. With an open MRI, technologists have more room to position patients, which will produce a better test.

Other types of MRI scanners, called Closed MRI Scanners, you might discover that you experience claustrophobia. Closed MRI scanners have a tube shaped like a long donut. For most scans, your entire body will be inside the tube, with the top of the tube close to your face and your shoulders brushing its sides.

Additionally, our wooden floors and soft lights create a soothing environment to put patients at ease. We have a sitting area in the exam room and invite a family member to stay in the room with patients during their exam.

Open MRI has given large patients access to high tech imaging. Open MRI scanners have a wider opening and their table weight limits are substantially higher than those of closed MRI machines. With a wider opening, positioning overweight patients into the scanner is much easier which can improve image quality.

Clinical Advantages:

Complete array of RF coils imaging technique protocols for superb resolution and tissue contrast in:

  • Brain and orbit applications
  • Spine applications
  • Musculoskeletal applications
  • Abdomen/pelvis applications

Magnetic resonance angiography for those patients needing evaluation of the intracranial circulation, carotid arteries, renal arteries, etc.

Allows studies on larger patients where MRI may not have been an option previously.


Patient Advantages:

A concept magnet design, which is completely open on both sides as well as the front and back. The unique Open-Air design provides greater patient comfort during scanning and helps to minimize claustrophobic effect.

Soft-Sound™ gradients, which aid in minimizing patient anxiety.

Soft-Touch™ coils for patient comfort.

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