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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Quieter: Open MRIs tend to be quieter than closed MRIs, which can also help to reduce anxiety for patients.
- 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.
- 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.