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What is Open MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exams enable physicians to see inside the body without using x-rays. Instead, open MRI creates images by using radio waves, a computer and a powerful magnet approximately 7,000-times stronger than the magnetic force of the earth.

What is MRA?

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a specific type of MRI scan that is optimized to show blood vessels and blood flow. Physicians use this test to rule out blood vessel disorders and plan treatment.

What is MRI used for?

While the majority of MRI exams historically have been studies of the head and neck, the technology is now used to assess disease and injury in the spine and back, the pelvis and abdomen, and the extremities such as knees, shoulders, ankles and wrists. MRI is even used in the evaluation of diseases of the breast including breast cancer.

What types of illnesses or injuries will open MRI detect?

Open MRI can diagnose neurological disorders like multiple sclerosis, meningitis, Alzheimer's, malignant and benign tumors in the brain and other parts of the body, as well as injuries and diseases affecting the spine and other anatomical areas.

How does open MRI differ from diagnostic tests like x-ray and CT?

Instead of relying on x-rays like CT scans and conventional x-ray exams, open MRI uses radio waves, a computer and a powerful magnet approximately 7,000-times stronger than the magnetic force of the earth. Open MRI produces better images of soft tissue than CT scans or x-ray exams.

What is the benefit of an open MRI system?

Traditional Open MRI systems are designed with a narrow "tube" in the center of the donut-shaped machine where the patient lies down. Many patients experience discomfort and anxiety in this closed space, and patients of size sometimes find the narrow space too tight to fit comfortably. However, open MRI was designed to feel much more open. The system enables patients to see outside the system in every direction. This "line-of-sight" design, combined with the large area to lie down, reduces the anxiety and uncomfortable sensation of being enclosed for most patients.