Getting an Open MRI? Heres What to Expect


If you’ve never used an open MRI scanner before, it can be a bit intimidating. However, getting an MRI is actually pretty straightforward.

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You will go to the medical office, be greeted at the front desk, and then given some paperwork to fill out. You’ll have to let the staff know if you have any implants or other things that could complicate the procedure.

The staff may also ask you about implants and potential metal, such as earrings. Patients will need to ditch their street clothing and wear scrubs. This is because the clothing itself may actually have metal in it. Metal can distort images and even cause injuries if worn in an MRI scan.

Once you’re changed, you’ll be taken to the MRI room. With an open MRI, you’ll typically be scanned in two stages. You’ll be placed on a bed-like apparatus and given a pillow and blanket. The staff will work with you to make sure that you are comfortable.

A closed MRI will have patients placed in a capsule-like apparatus. With an open MRI, the magnets are only on the top and bottom. This means the sides will be open. If you are claustrophobic or have a certain body type, an open MRI may be more comfortable. After the MRI is performed, medical professionals can examine the images and then provide insights.


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