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On the Increasing Popularity of Open MRI

MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) works with powerful magnets and advanced software to generate high resolution images.

In traditional closed MRI’s, the patient is scanned in a confined space. This puts off many patients, especially children and those who suffer claustrophobia or obesity. A study conducted in 2011 by researchers in Berlin, Germany reported that more than 80 million MRI procedures are carried out every year, but about 2 million patients don’t have the procedure performed or terminate it early because they suffer claustrophobia. In some cases, sedation became the only solution.

Open MRI is a great alternative as it resolves the psychological issues that confront patients who need an MRI scan. The system has open sides and is quieter and less claustrophobic. The latest models can accommodate patients weighing more than 300 pounds. The open scan system also offers better access to patients who need support and is ideal for pediatric patients. Children can have a parent present during the examination, and can see, touch or talk to the parent. This keeps them calm during the procedure.

Besides offering greater patient comfort, open MRI is also particularly useful to the evaluation of certain conditions such as arthritis and other musculoskeletal pathologic conditions. Studies show that open MRI makes it easier to investigate a particular area such as a lower flexion angle such as the knee which the closed-bore MRI scanners do not permit.

Leading multi-specialty healthcare centers are equipped with the patient-friendly open MRI systems, allowing physicians to diagnose or supervise treatment for musculoskeletal issues, stroke, headache, multiple sclerosis, spine disorders, and much more.

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