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Reducing MRI Claustrophobia and Increasing Your Confidence:

Before your MRI, you should also know that some of the MRI-claustrophobia-related stories you may have heard are likely no longer accurate. Our MRI machine is not a dark, closed-off tunnel. It is well-lit, open on both sides, and much wider than they once were.

When it comes to anxiety and MRI claustrophobia, one of your most powerful tools is knowledge. Learn about what an MRI is and why you need one. Some patients who need an MRI exam are anxious about the process, fearing they will be claustrophobic in the machine. 

If your doctor ordered an MRI exam, it is because they need images of the inside of your body to diagnose and treat your condition properly. These images are crucial to your care. Let us at Open Air MRI help you today. 

Call (318) 445-8009 or visit for more details.
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Have you ever wondered how an MRI works? Here is a quick overview:

An MRI scan works by using a powerful magnet, radio waves, and a computer to create detailed images. Your body is made up of millions of hydrogen atoms (the human body is 80% water), which are magnetic. When your body is placed in the magnetic field, these atoms align with the field, much like a compass points to the North Pole. A radio wave "knocks down" the atoms and disrupts their polarity. The sensor detects the time it takes for the atoms to return to their original alignment. In essence, MRI measures the water content (or fluid characteristics) of different tissues, which is processed by the computer to create a black and white image. The image is highly detailed and can show even the smallest abnormality.

Similar to CT, MRI allows your doctor to see your body in narrow slices, each about one quarter of an inch thick. For example, imagine that you are slicing a loaf of bread and taking a picture of each slice. It can view slices from the bottom (axial), front (coronal), or sides (sagittal), depending on what your doctor needs to see.

A dye (contrast agent) may be injected into your bloodstream to enhance certain tissues. The dye contains gadolinium, which has magnetic properties. It circulates through the blood stream and is absorbed in certain tissues, which then stand out on the scan.
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•CT scans utilize X-rays to form images inside the body while MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) uses powerful magnetic fields and radiofrequency pulses to produce detailed pictures of organs and other internal body structures.
•CT scans use radiation (X-rays), and MRIs do not.
•MRIs provide more detailed information about the inner organs (soft tissues) such as the brain, skeletal system, reproductive system and other organ systems than is provided by a CT scan.
•CT scans are quick, painless, and noninvasive.
•MRI scans are not invasive, but they are noisy and take more time.
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