Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Open MRI)

Open MRI is different from traditional MRI in that it has a large, non-conforming opening. It provides an important option for large or claustrophobic patients.

Open MRI is a safe and painless diagnostic imaging procedure that captures finely detailed pictures of the human anatomy, including internal organs, the nervous system, bones, and soft tissue. Using a strong magnet, radio waves, and a sophisticated computer, the MRI produces cross-sectional views of the body in slices, which are then sent to the computer. The computer combines these images and can create views from any angle. MRI is used to diagnose a variety of medical conditions and evaluate organs, tissues, and bone without exposure to X-Ray radiation. MRI can help provide a quick and accurate diagnosis for your physician.

In most cases, there are no advanced preparations needed for your MRI scans. Wear something comfortable with no metal (no zippers, etc.). Avoid make-up, as it may contain metal. If you have had previous diagnostic studies of the body part being evaluated, please bring those films and reports, or request that they be sent to the Center. These studies or reports are very helpful to the radiologist interpreting your MRI scan.

Tell your doctor or the technologist:

  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • If you have implanted devices such as a heart pacemaker, aneurysm clips, metal plates, bone or joint replacements or cardiac values.
  • If you have had brain, heart, eye, ear, or other surgeries.
  • If you have been a machine, auto, or metal worker.
  • If you have ever been injured by metal that may still be lodged in your body.
  • If you have braces, bridges, or hearing aids.

Preparation for MRI:

  • Preparation is not required for most MRI exams. Please inquire when scheduling your appointment.

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