What to Expect from Your Open MRI Scan

doctor explains MRI procedure to patientOpen MRI machines are designed to offer patients as much comfort as possible while still delivering accurate readings. However, the best way to make a procedure more comfortable is to learn what to expect.

A Different Design

You’ve likely seen traditional MRI machines on TV or perhaps even been scanned by one in the past. They look like large tubes; the patient is instructed to remain still as they slide inside and the machine makes loud noises around them.

Open MRIs are different. Rather than going inside a closed tube, the patient lays down in an open enclosure. This set up is great for larger patients who do not fit easily into traditional MRI. Likewise, it’s ideal for patients who become anxious in tight spaces or need additional supervision during the process.

Getting Your MRI

During the procedure, you will rest on a cushioned table. This table slides into the open MRI machine’s large opening, leaving plenty of space around you. You will not be closed in at any point; there is always airflow and a clear line of sight available. The lab staff will monitor you throughout the examination and communicate with you through a speaker system. Depending on your needs, the MRI will likely take between 20 to 50 minutes.