What is MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a method used by physicians to look inside the human body and obtain diagnostic information. Incorporating an advanced technology, MRI produces images of the anatomy without the use of radiation as in x-ray and CT scanning. This technique is now commonly used as a primary diagnostic tool. It can help provide a quick and more accurate diagnosis for your doctor, which--in some situations--reduces the need for exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures which might have greater risk.
MRI imaging is used for virtually all parts of the body. It is the primary imaging modality for evaluation of diseases of the brain and spine. It is effective in depicting abnormalities of the eye, paranasal sinuses, throat, salivary glands, and the thyroid. MRI is the method of choice for imaging of the musculoskeletal system and is widely used for evaluation of the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle. It can also accurately depict abnormalities within the bone marrow. MRI is also important in evaluation of the organs of the abdomen and pelvis including the liver, pancreas, kidneys, ovaries, uterus, and prostate.
What are the Advantages of Open MRI?
Open MRI systems reduce patient anxiety and claustrophobia and can accommodate the size of larger patients. It is estimated that tube, or closed-bore, MRI systems are unable to perform MRI procedures on a sizable percentage of patients due to patient size and claustrophobia. And much of the remainder of the population find the closed-bore MRI procedures extremely uncomfortable and intimidating, often requiring medication to endure the experience.
In addition, with Open MRI, pediatric, physically-challenged or senior patients can be accompanied by a parent or support person during the actual testing.