Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or an MRI, is an advanced diagnostic imaging procedure that makes detailed images of inside the body. These images are created by using a powerful magnet, radiowaves and a computer to process the images. MRI’s are useful for physicians to diagnose diseases and abnormalities in their early stages so that effective treatments can be given to patients. There are two major types of MRI machines used across the country, open and closed. Closed MRI’s are donut shaped and enclosed on all sides. On the other hand, open MRI’s are open on all four sides and much quieter than the traditional closed MRI, letting patients feel at ease during their procedure. The images below depict the spatial differences between open and closed MRI’s.


There are a variety of benefits that open MRI’s can offer. Open machines are able to accommodate a range of patients, including those that are handicapped or large. All patients have a greater sense of comfort in the spacious open machines, which may assist in reducing fears of claustrophobia or confinement. Children who are fearful of doctor’s offices can be comforted during scanning by a parent. Most importantly, open MRI’s provide patients with a greater range of motion and positioning, which can help with getting the best image to meet the needs of what is being tested for.

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