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Open MRI

What is Open MRI?

MRI is a noninvasive test that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the body without using radiation. This type of exam allows excellent characterization of the soft tissue and has applications in evaluating the brain, spinal cord, blood vessels, bones, joints, pelvis and organs of the body. Our open scanner is designed to minimize feelings of claustrophobia which can be a significant problem for many patients on closed MRI machines.  Open MRI provides comfort, accommodates large patients and reduces chances of patient claustrophobia while producing exceptional images.  As an added comfort, our MRI suite allows a loved one to be present during the exam.

Exam Prep

For your health and safety, metal workers or others with a history of metal shrapnel in the eyes will require simple x-ray screening prior to entering the MRI scanner.  

If you have any of the following, you should not undergo an MRI:

Implanted defibrillator or pacing device
Cochlear implants
Aneurysm clips within the brain
Spinal cord or deep brain stimulators

Other metallic devices are potential hazards. Please inform the personnel and physicians at our facilities if you have any of the following items:

Heart valves
Infusion ports and catheters
Insulin pumps
Vascular stents
Artificial limbs or joint implants
Metal pins, screws, plates

For patient health and safety, we require simple x-ray screening for metal workers or others with a history of metal shrapnel in the eyes before they enter the MRI scanner.