Benefits of Front Open MRI 

January 4, 2023

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About MRI Scans and Front Open MRI

Doctors use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) tests to examine your organs, tissues, and bones. An MRI produces three-dimensional images of the inside of your body, and it helps doctors diagnose a variety of medical conditions. During a typical MRI test, patients lie in a long tube. However, a front open MRI utilizes an open-facing design to provide patients the option to lie in a bed instead of being enclosed in a tube.


Both traditional and front open MRIs are free of radiation. X-ray, PET, and CT scans all have risks of radiation exposure, but MRI does not use ionizing radiation. Instead, an MRI scan uses powerful magnets and radio waves to make images. It is one of the safest medical procedures available. 

Ideal for Patients With Claustrophobia or Anxiety

Traditional MRI might not be a good option for people with claustrophobia or anxiety. A front open MRI allows the front of the patient to stay open. Many patients feel more comfortable in an open environment. It is estimated that one in five patients experiences some anxiety during a traditional MRI. In fact, an MRI scan might be the first time a patient experiences claustrophobia, so front open MRI scans are more likely to be completed. Additionally, open MRIs help prevent the need for sedation or anxiety medication, which a patient might need during a traditional MRI.

Designed for Children, Seniors, and Patients of All Sizes

Younger patients are able to be accompanied by their parents during a front open MRI. Also, the procedure is more accessible for patients with mobility restrictions. For instance, some patients might not be able to lie flat on their back; a front open MRI allows them to remain in a different position. Larger than average patients can have trouble fitting into a traditional machine’s cylinder. Patients of all sizes can comfortably undergo an open MRI.

Less Noisy Than Traditional MRI

Traditional MRI scanners are quite loud. The metal coils vibrate inside a metal compartment and can create sounds as loud as 110 decibels. This is equivalent to the loudness of a jackhammer or a power saw. Most patients have to wear earplugs to protect their ears. Open MRI scanners do not have an enclosed tube, so they are much quieter than traditional MRIs. It is easier for patients to communicate with the technologist during an open MRI. When a patient is comfortable, they are more likely to hold still and allow for a high-quality image.

Front Open MRI at Expert MRI

Expert MRI offers front open MRI scans at locations throughout Southern California. If you are interested in front open MRI, please contact us at 877-674-8888 to learn more. You can also schedule an appointment by clicking here.