The open MRI scan
In response to the problems of the closed ‘tube’ MRI Scan, open scanning systems have been developed. Instead of a tube structure, the Open MRI Scan consists of a gantry that is open on four sides. The new generation of open mri scanners are also considerably quieter.
These new scanners produce images of comparable quality to the closed scan, while reducing the trauma for many patients.
The advantages of an open MRI scan
The new Open MRI Scanners offer many benefits, including:
Vastly reduced anxiety for patients, especially those with claustrophobia
A more reassuring environment for younger patients who can even have their hand held during the procedure
The possibility of scanning larger patients, including the obese, and large framed patients like sportsmen
The flexibility to scan disabled patients who would not be able to use a traditional scanner
A reduced need for sedatives for patients undergoing the procedure, as they feel much more relaxed
The upright MRI scan
MRI scan technology has advanced still further with the introduction of the upright MRI Scanner. Currently only available privately in London, the upright scanner has the advantage that the patient can have an MRI scan carried out in a weight bearing position, showing the body, bones, and organs in their natural posture.
With the Upright MRI Scan, patients can stand, sit, or lie back slightly, and are even able to watch DVDs on a plasma screen during treatment, easing their anxiety still further.