OPEN MRI FAQ
WHAT IS AN OPEN MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) systems use radiofrequency waves and a strong magnetic field rather than x-rays to provide remarkably clear and detailed pictures of internal organs and tissues. The technique has proven very valuable for the diagnosis of a broad range of pathologic conditions in all parts of the body including cancer, heart and vascular disease, stroke, and joint and musculoskeletal disorders. MRI requires specialized equipment and expertise and allows evaluation of body structures that may not be as visible with other imaging methods, particularly neurological and orthopedic anatomy.
WHAT IS THE ADVANTAGE OF AN OPEN MRI?
The MRI System is open on all sides often eliminating the anxiety of the narrow closed MRI Scanner.
Our compassionate staff understands the anxiety an MRI can cause and are well prepared to assist even the most claustrophobic patient. If you’d prefer, a family member or friend can remain with you in the scan room to help put you at ease. Our mission is to treat every patient like family.
ARE MRI'S SAFE?
Open Sided MRI’s are very safe. There are no health risks associated with magnetic field or the radio waves used by the machine nor have any side affects been reported. There is no harmful radiation associated with MRI.
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR AN OPEN SIDED MRI EXAM?
Because we use a large magnet in the MRI, no metallic objects or mechanical devices can enter the imaging room. You may want to keep this in mind when deciding what to wear to your MRI appointment. Below is a list of suggestions to help you prepare.
Clothing: Wear something lightweight and comfortable that is easy to take on and off. Avoid wearing clothing that has metal snaps, zippers or hooks. Lockers are provided for your convenience.
Jewelry: Most metal jewelry and all watches must be removed.
Hair accessories: Any hair clips, ties, or pins that are made of metal or have metal parts on them must be removed.
Make-up: Because some make up, particularly mascara, is made with a metallic base, it is best not to wear much make-up the day of your appointment.
Dental devices: If you wear dentures, or partial dental plates, you may be asked to remove them depending on your exam. For your comfort please check with us.
Medication & diet: You may continue to take any doctor prescribed medications and there are no dietary restrictions.
WHAT DO I BRING WITH ME ON THE DAY OF THE EXAM?
You will need to bring your current insurance card(s) and picture identification such as a Drivers License.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER MY EXAM?
Follow your normal daily activities.
Your exam will be interpreted by our radiologists and their findings will be reported to your physician. Your physician will then be able to discuss the results of your MRI with you.