MRI is the sophisticated technology used to scan the organs, tissue and bones to detect abnormalities. Open MRI comes with many features that help overcome the limitations associated with the traditional closed technique.

MRI is the sophisticated technology used to scan the organs, tissue and bones to detect abnormalities. But say ‘MRI’ (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) and people usually picture themselves lying in a fairly narrow tube with the ears blocked by sound-canceling headphones for almost an hour. This can be a devastating experience for a patient who is claustrophobic. Fortunately, the introduction of open MRI has taken much of the fear and anxiety associated with MRI scanning. Open MRI comes with many features that are an improvement the traditional closed technique.

Features and Benefits of Open MRI Scanning

Unique Design

Open MRI features a unique open-on-all-sides design. This makes it ideal for claustrophobic patients of all ages. In closed MRI scanning, patients may have to be given sedatives to minimize anxiety during the test. This can be avoided with the open system. Patients weighing more than 300 pounds can be accommodated in the latest models. The open systems facilitate a smooth, quiet and hassle-free scanning experience.

Better Patient Access

Another advantage of the open scan system is that it offers better access to patients who need support such as children and the elderly. Young children can take comfort in the presence of a parent during the examination. They can even see, touch or talk to their parent which helps keep them calm during the test.

Hi-resolution Imaging

A new generation scanner such as the Hitachi AIRIS II provides high resolution scanning which helps in accurate diagnosis of various conditions. Its ultra-powerful magnets and superior radio frequency emission helps give remarkably clear and three-dimensional image of the internal organs and tissues. This allows the physician to easily pinpoint and locate anomalies in the patient’s body.

Diagnose Complex Disorders

MRI scans can help physicians diagnose varied and complex disorders in any body part. Muscle and joint disorders, breast cancer, blockages within the blood vessels, disorders of the central nervous system, brain, spinal cord and neck can be detected using magnetic resonance imaging. Injuries to the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip and knee as well as conditions such as lumbar disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, lumbar spinal stenosis, and degenerative disc disorder can be accurately diagnosed using the scan. So you can have brain MRI, spine MRI, knee MRI, shoulder MRI, ankle MRI, hip MRI and elbow MRI.

No Risk of Radiation

What distinguishes an MRI scan from X-ray and tomography is it is free of the risks of radiation. This is because the MRI uses the hydrogen atoms present in the human body for scanning. There are no side effects or any adverse reactions.

Quality MRI at a Reputable Healthcare Provider

The best place to get an open MRI scan is at a reputable healthcare center. Multi-specialty centers offer treatment for a wide range of musculoskeletal problems and would have their own MRI scan facility to help in proper and quick diagnosis and treatment. With state-of-the-art equipment and qualified and licensed radiologists, a reliable center can ensure patients a safe, comfortable and efficient scanning experience.

Author's Bio: 

Igor Stiler is a medical consultant at HealthQuest, an established multi-specialty health care center based in ,New York. We are equipped with the highly advanced open MRI system that provides high resolution images of internal body parts. It is ideal for patients who are uncomfortable with the traditional closed-type MRI unit.