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Introducing MRI

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging – MRI exam has significant benefits over other diagnostic options such as X-Rays or CAT Scans, both of which use a form of radiation. MRI is a non- invasive procedure that use a magnetic field and radio waves generated by a computer which react to the body tissue producing a highly detailed image of the anatomy. MRI is a simple, safe, and painless. X-Ray Associates Open MRI also eliminates the apprehension or the fear that many MRI patients once experienced in the old, noisy, closed system.

Open MRI

Compare benefits of Open MRI with the traditional closed system:

Closed Design

  • Confined, narrow "tunnel"
  • Zero visibility
  • Loud and often frightening drumming sound
  • Narrow tables restricting patient size
  • Confining, limited views
  • Limited range of motion exams
  • Patients access is extremely limited

    Open Design

  • Open and spacious
  • Clear view of room
  • Reduced noise for a quieter exam
  • Extra-wide table to accommodate larger patients
  • Panoramic view into & out of magnet
  • Wider range of motion exams for joints possible
  • Friends or family may comfort the patient during the exam

    The End to "Tunnel Vision"

    When the original closed MRI came along , it was a giant leap in diagnostic technology, but it had some drawbacks intrinsic in the "tunnel-like" design. The patient, already apprehensive about the test, laid on a narrow table and was shuttled, head-first, into a dark, confining tunnel. The machine was extremely noisy and added to the tension of the dark tunnel.

    In most patients, this created an elevated level of trepidation, but for some, it was akin to a nightmare. Moderately claustrophobic patients demonstrated heighten levels of anxiety, and some patients could not undergo the procedure because of the emotional impact. Large, overweight patients often could not fit in the confined space.

    X-Ray Associate’s Open MRI changed all of this. The procedure is more comfortable, relaxing, and far less confining. Patients, especially small children already frightened by the unfamiliar experience and environmental and patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome are ideal candidates for the open MRI. Sedation is not necessary for most exams.


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