Open MRI

Open MRI uses the same technology as a traditional MRI, but has a large, non-conforming opening. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive way of viewing organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI uses radio waves passed through a powerful magnetic field to produce clear and detailed pictures of the chest, providing information on the heart and lungs that cannot be otherwise obtained from an x-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan.

What is the difference between an Open MRI and a Closed MRI 1.5T?

Open MRI uses the same technology as a traditional MRI, but has a large, non-conforming opening. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a non-invasive way of viewing organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. MRI uses radio waves passed through a powerful magnetic field to produce clear and detailed pictures of the chest, providing information on the heart and lungs that cannot be otherwise obtained from an x-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (CT) scan.



How does a patient prepare for an MRI scan and how is it performed?

All metallic objects on the body are removed prior to obtaining an MRI scan. MRI scanning requires that the patient lie completely still for best accuracy. Patients lie within a closed environment inside the magnetic machine. Relaxation is important during the procedure and patients are asked to breathe normally. Interaction with the MRI technologist is maintained throughout the test. There are loud, repetitive clicking noises which occur during the test as the scanning proceeds. Occasionally, patients require injections of liquid (dye contrast) intravenously to enhance the images which are obtained. The MRI scanning time depends on the exact area of the body studied, but ranges from 30 minutes to an hour.

How does a patient obtain the results of the MRI scan?

After the MRI scanning is completed, the computer generates visual images of the area of the body that was scanned. These images can be transferred to film (hard copy) or burned to a CD. A radiologist is a physician who is specially trained to interpret images of the body. The interpretation is transmitted in the form of a report to the physician who requested the MRI scan. Your physician can then discuss the results with the patient and/or family.