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Open MRI Scan

Pacific West Diagnostic Imaging is a leading provider of Open MRI scanning services in Seattle. 

We offer patients an Open MRI scan which is an alternative to the conventional MRI and provides optimal image quality.

All Open MRI scanners are available to patients that may have anxiety issues or are claustrophobic.

What is an Open MRI Scan?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging which is a way of taking pictures inside the body without using x-rays.

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.

While MRI scans are highly efficient, the standard 'tunnel' scanners can be particularly uncomfortable for claustrophobic patients, or for those unable to lie flat for a prolonged period.

Advantages of an Open MRI over the conventional 'tunnel' MRI:

The MRI System is open on all sides often eliminating the anxiety of the narrow closed MRI Scanner.

Perfect for patients that may suffer Claustrophobia or anxiety.

Some patients need to be observed during the scan for whatever reason.


​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.

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