Open MRI Advantages

February 14, 2023

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Expert-MRI blog on open MRI advantages

An open MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of medical imaging technology that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses, and a computer to produce detailed images of the inside of the body. Unlike traditional closed MRIs, which have a narrow, enclosed space for the patient to lie in, open MRIs have a larger opening and are less confining. This design allows for better patient comfort and reduced feelings of claustrophobia or anxiety. Open MRIs are used to diagnose and monitor a wide range of medical conditions, including injuries, diseases, and tumors. They can also be used to guide surgical procedures and to monitor the progress of treatment.

  1. Reduced claustrophobia and anxiety: The larger opening in an open MRI can help to reduce feelings of claustrophobia or anxiety for patients who have trouble with enclosed spaces.
  2. Better for larger patients: Open MRIs are often better for patients who are overweight or have larger body types, as the larger opening allows for more comfortable positioning during the scan.
  3. Quieter: Open MRIs tend to be quieter than closed MRIs, which can also help to reduce anxiety for patients.
  4. Wider range of imaging options: Open MRIs can also provide a wider range of imaging options, such as 3D imaging, which can be beneficial for certain types of diagnostic procedures.
  5. Less restrictive: Open MRIs are less restrictive, providing more room for patients to move, this can make it easier for patients to hold still during the scan which results in clearer images.