Open MRI

Open MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a procedure used in hospitals to scan patients and determine the severity of certain injuries. An Open MRI machine uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. Common reasons people go in to get an M.R.I. are for a sprained ankle or back pain.

What should I do to prepare for an Open MRI?
There is little to no preparation needed before getting an Open MRI. When you first arrive at the hospital, the doctors will ask you to change into a gown. You will also be asked to remove all accessories such as jewelry, credit cards, and any metallic objects. The reason for this is because Open MRIs involve magnets, which may interact with objects in your possession. This in turn may lead to bad results and/or poor image quality.

Is an Open MRI going to hurt?
You can breathe a sigh of relief. It is not going to hurt one bit. The exam itself is a painless procedure that is noninvasive, meaning that the body is not tampered with in any way. Since humans are not able to feel any type of radio waves, patients will not feel a thing. A loud tapping noise will be experienced, however, as the magnets are turned on and off throughout the exam. No need to worry, though. If you think the noise will bother you, just ask the technician for a pair of earplugs to drown out the noise.

How long does the Open MRI test last?
The exam itself takes about 30 - 45 minutes. However, this may vary depending on the number of body parts being examined.

So how does Open MRI work?
A strong magnetic field is created by passing an electric current through the wire loops. While this is happening, other coils in the magnet send and receive radio waves. This triggers protons in the body to align themselves. Once aligned, radio waves are absorbed by the protons, which stimulate spinning. Energy is released after "exciting" the molecules, which in turn emits energy signals that are picked up by the coil. This information is then sent to a computer which processes all the signals and generates it into an image. The final product is a 3-D image representation of the area being examined.

How to cope with Open MRI Claustrophobila?
Some techniques, which can be used to reduce the anxiety that comes with feelings of claustrophobia include focused breathing and covering your eyes with a towel during the exam. Shivam Diagnostics also offers headphones for listening to music.

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