What are MRI’s for?

When you have a medical procedure, sometimes an MRI will be mentioned as one of the ways to see what is wrong. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging, and it used magnets and radio waves to see inside of your body. Think of it as a high-quality X-ray, and it’s often used to monitor your chest, pelvis, and stomach.

You are placed inside of a metal tube and lay there while the MRI scans your body. The scans are uploaded to a computer, and this allows doctors to monitor your body non-invasively. If being in a metal tube for around 20 minutes sounds constricting, then an open MRI might be for you.

Closed vs open

While a closed MRI has you completely surrounded by the magnets and machines, an open MRI only puts them on the top and bottom, leaving the sides completely open for you. You’ll be able to see what is going on and communicate with doctors or loved ones on the other side. The procedure generally works for those who are claustrophobic or those who do not want a sedative to calm down beforehand.

There is no difference between closed and open MRI’s, so you will get the same level of scanning and it will take the same amount of time, it’s just a matter of personal preference.

open MRI

When are they used?

Most MRI’s are used for tumors in the chest, abdomen, and pelvis. They can also be used to monitor babies, heart problems, and problems with blood vessels. The scans allow for a high-quality evaluation without too much inconvenience for you, and once it is done the doctors will contact you for the results and any additional treatment.

Whether you choose an open or closed MRI, you’ll be able to get an intimate look inside of your body and get a better diagnosis because of it.