Learn What an MRI Means and How an Open MRI Can Be Best For You
MRI stands for “Magnetic Resonance Imaging”. An MRI offers a safe and efficient method for medical diagnosis of many conditions. Unlike older methods of internal diagnosis (X-RAY), the MRI utilizes magnetic fields to create detailed images that allow the doctor to better evaluate a patient's conditions without subjecting the patient to potential hazards.
Approximately 9 out of 10 MRI machines require the patient to slide head first into a tunnel like metal chamber. These units produce a high quality image; However, according to a recent study by the Journal of American Medical Association, nearly 30% of the patients that undergo this treatment suffer anxiety related reactions.
The “Open MRI” allows a patient to not be confined within a “tunnel” during scanning. Open MRIs with open ends and sides utilize lower strength magnets (only 1/12th as powerful as the tunnel type MRI) which result in lower quality images and less detail.