Open MRI is a non-invasive, sophisticated diagnostic imaging technique that uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce pictures of the regions of interest of your body designated by your physician. It gives your physician the ability to see detailed images of your anatomy.
Your physician uses Open MRI images in the early discovery and treatment planning for many conditions and diseases. There is no radiation involved in an Open MRI examination and it often replaces invasive tests that may be less accurate and more expensive or require hospitalization.
What To Expect
The patient-friendly features of our 'Open' MRI were designed for your comfort and peace of mind. During the exam, you will relax in complete, open-air comfort, in an area large enough to accommodate a parent with a child..
The technologist will simply ask you lie down on a cushioned table, which will move into the magnet, after you have been comfortably positioned for the scans. The technologist, whom you will be able to see and communicate with at all times, will carefully monitor the operation of the Open MRI. For some patients, a small injection of a contrast agent may be required to enhance image clarity.
The average Open MRI exam typically takes between 30-60 minutes. After the exam, you may return to work or home and resume normal activities. A radiologist will promptly review and interpret your images and deliver a report to your physician.
Preparations and Precautions
Usually, there are no dietary restrictions before a MRI exam. However, we do ask you to take the following precautions for your own personal safety and to ensure that we get the best possible images:
Please do not wear hairspray, eyeglasses, makeup, jewelry, a hearing aid or any removable dental work. You can remove any of the above mentioned items and leave them in your dressing room prior to the exam.
Finally, and most important, inform your doctor and technologist if you have:
- a pacemaker,
- a metal plate, pin or other metallic implant,
- cochlear implants/metallic ear implant,
- aneurysm clips,
- an artificial heart valve,
- an intrauterine device (IUD), or
- if you are pregnant.
Also, it is important to know if you have been exposed to metallic fragments:
through a war wound, as a metal worker, through construction work or house painting/cleaning, etc.