OPEN MRI: EXCEPTIONAL AND COMFORTABLE
611 MRI·CT offers the only Hitachi Oasis Open MRI within 100 miles.
The open MRI is not a tunnel or tube; it is open on the sides, allowing patients to stretch out and relax. The MRI can accommodate very small children as well as adult patients up to 660 lbs. Our friendly technologists are experienced in helping claustrophobic and pediatric patients successfully complete their exam. Parents can even be next to their child during the exam to comfort them, which helps promote a positive outcome.
Our patients say that their MRI exam was much easier than they expected. This is just one of the many reasons patients travel long distances to 611 MRI·CT
The Open MRI option is the first choice for many patients – especially those who are:
- Pediatric Patients
- Larger Patients (660 lb weight limit)
What is an MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) uses two safe and natural forces, a magnetic field and radio waves, to produce vivid images of internal body parts.
Images are interpreted by a radiologist to see if a medical condition is present. Results are then sent to your doctor who will review them with you.
What do I need to do before I have an MRI done?
No special preparation is necessary before your exam. You may eat and drink as you normally do.
We advise you to dress in clothes that are metal-free (no zippers, brass buttons, etc) for your exam. We can also provide you with specialized clothing for the exam. Individual dressing rooms are available for your privacy. All metal objects, including coins and watches, will be kept safely in a locker.
What's the procedure like?
Someone may stay with you during the entire exam. A comfortable lounge is also available for other family members or friends.
The MRI contains a padded bed on which you will lie during the exam. An MRI technologist will be in continual voice and visual contact with you. Exams normally last 20 to 45 minutes.
The exam consists of a series of 4- to 7-minute scans. You will hear a knocking sound during the scanning periods. You should remain very still during the scanning periods, as any movement will cause poor images.
Music of your choice can be played during the exam. We have an XM radio in the imaging room. But you are also welcome to bring your own CD to listen to.
Is it possible that I can't get an MRI?
Only a few people are excluded from having an MRI. Please review this list and contact your doctor if you have:
- A Pacemaker
- Cardiac Pumps
- A Defibrillator
- Aneurysm Clips in the Brain
- Carotid Clip
- Metal Fragments in your Eye(s)
- Inner Ear Implants
Some MRI scans require the use of gadolineum, a safe contrast media. This is given intravenously during the exam to highlight certain body parts. Please consult your doctor if you:
- Are Pregnant or Nursing
- Have Asthma
- Are Anemic
- Have Ever had an Adverse Reaction to Contrast Media