Open MRI

Superior technology, for greater piece of mind

What is a MRI?

MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, a non-invasive diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio frequencies to generate detailed anatomical and functional images.  MRI scans have an advantage over some forms of scanning because they can image different types of organ tissue without ionizing radiation.  MRI exams are among the most accurate and advanced medical imaging procedures offered today.  The images produced are much clearer and more detailed than X-rays—helping your doctor give you a better, earlier and more complete diagnosis.

What Is Open MRI?

Our “Open” MRI systems make it possible for you to come to a facility where you can be examined — without the concern of being placed in a narrow tube for an extended period of time.  That’s why it’s called Open MRI.  This advanced MRI system is ideal for pediatric, elderly, claustrophobic, anxious, and those uncomfortable in a closed MRI system.

World's largest Open MRIPreparing for your MRI

Your comfort during the procedure is one of our highest priorities. We can achieve it through your help with the following:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes ahead of time to complete any necessary paperwork
  • Please remember to bring a picture ID, your insurance card, and the referral form
  • Please wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing.  Avoid underwire bras, girdles, metal snaps and pins.
  • You may eat and drink normally prior to your MRI procedure
  • All medications should be taken as prescribed.

During your MRI

  • An MRI technologist will escort you into the scanning room and will help you lie down on a cushioned table. A pillow and blanket will be provided for your comfort during the exam.
  • Some patients may require a contrast material to enhance the visibility of certain tissues or blood vessels. If your physician has ordered this for you, it will be given intravenously prior to the start of the MRI exam.
  • Next, you will be positioned on the table and moved into place for the procedure, which you can expect to take 45-60 minutes depending on the body part being studied. Once the exam begins, you will be asked to lie as still as possible to make sure the images captured are clear. You will hear a knocking or thumping sound during the exam. Don’t worry; these noises are all part of the scanning process. Earplugs will be provided for your comfort.
  • We want you to be calm and relaxed during your MRI exam. If anything concerns you, please do not hesitate to let us know. A microphone system will enable you to talk with your technologist at any time during the exam.  Our Open MRI also allows for a loved one or caretaker to be near during the exam.

Please notify us

For your safety, some conditions may prevent you from having an MRI. If any of the following apply, please tell your doctor or MRI technologist, or let the center know when you schedule your appointment.

  • Cardiac pacemaker
  • Implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)
  • Cochlear implant(s)
  • Prosthesis within your body
  • Aneurysm clips (magnetic)

After your MRI

When your procedure is finished, you should feel no side effects and can resume your normal activities. If you received a contrast agent for the scan, you may be advised to drink plenty of fluids for a few hours after the exam. Here’s what happens next:

  • Our MRI technologist prepares your images for the radiologist to evaluate.
  • The radiologist will carefully analyze your MRI images, review the findings with your physician, and provides a report. Your physician will then discuss the results with you.