Top 5 Advantages of Open MRI's
It's becoming a trend in the medical imaging field to use Open MRI's and leave traditional (closed) MRI's by the wayside. Here at Carlsbad Open MRI, we are totally on board because we believe Open MRI's are the best machines for the procedures our patients need. Here are the 5 advantages and reasons why we love Open MRI's:
1. No more claustrophobia.
Traditional MRI's are closed tubes in which the patient must stay in throughout the duration of an imaging procedure. Since these procedures can take up to an hour, it's easy for patients to begin to feel trapped or claustrophobic. Our Open MRI's don't have that problem because they are literally open and eliminate the trapped/closed in feeling.
2. Accommodation for patients of all sizes.
Open MRI's give patients more space and allow patients who may not have fit in a closed machine to still get the care they deserve. Patients up to 550 pounds or patients with broad shoulders can use the open machines much more comfortably than the traditionally closed machines.
3. Makes it easier for patients with limited mobility.
We want every patient to feel welcome and have equal access to our services. Patients who use wheelchairs or who have limited mobility tend to have much smoother and more comfortable transfers into Open MRI machines compared to Closed MRI machines.
4. Better for children and teens.
Even outside of MRI procedures, children (and sometimes teens) can be antsy and unable to stay still. Open MRI's are great options for their imaging needs as well since they won't feel the confinement of closed machines (similarly to claustrophobic patients).
5. No more loneliness, more support.
Any medical procedure can be scary or nerve-racking, especially ones that have to use big, sometimes overwhelming, machines. Open MRI's allow for patients to hold a loved one's hand to help them feel comforted and comfortable during the exam.
Regardless of who you are, there is most likely an advantage to using Open MRI's for your imaging needs. Contact us and schedule an appointment today!