The Differences Between Open and Closed MRIs

elderly lady being visited by a doctorWhen you need an MRI, you have two options: closed and open MRIs. While the imaging quality doesn’t vary significantly between the two machines, there are a few key differences that you should be aware of before deciding which MRI is right for you.

Patient Comfort

Many patients may experience anxiety or claustrophobia in a traditional, closed MRI. Some people will even have a claustrophobic episode for the first time while getting an MRI scan. For many patients who suffer from anxiety, a closed MRI is simply not an option.

While any form of medical testing can give rise to anxiety, and open MRI provides a more comfortable experience for all patients. Upright MRIs, which are offered at Dynamic Medical Imaging, are another option that can make patients feel more in control of the procedure.

Accessibility

Traditional closed MRIs are small, cramped spaces, which can be problematic for patients with disabilities and mobility issues as well as larger patients. Open MRIs are more accessible for patients of all shapes and sizes.

Types of Exams

In order for a specific body part to be scanned, it needs to be positioned directly under the magnet. It can be challenging to achieve the positions necessary in a closed MRI. With an open MRI, you have more positioning options, allowing you to complete a more diverse array of scans.

Call our Flushing imaging center today to schedule an open MRI at 718-507-8184.