Weight-Bearing MRI

Traditional Supine (laying down) MRI verses Weight Bearing MRI.

The upright, weight-bearing MRI at Medical Imaging Express offers the latest in global technology – right here in Greenville, SC. This is the first and only weight-bearing  open MRI technology in South Carolina.

We can scan patients lying down, as you would normally. We can also tilt the whole magnet up and perform weight-bearing scans.


Actual image from Medical Imaging Express patient

Higher Diagnostic Accuracy

During a weight-bearing scan, patients are scanned in an upright or semi-upright position, replicating the normal compression that tissues undergo on a daily basis. This is critical in diagnosing certain conditions of the spine, hips, knees and ankles, such as:

  • nerve compression or impingement
  • vertebral body slippage (spondylolisthesis)
  • vertebral subluxation
  • cartilage loss
  • joint instability
  • sports injuries
  • spinal injuries
weight-bearing MRI images

Benefits of Weight-Bearing Imaging:

Alternative to Conventional MRI

Patients who have difficulty lying down during a medical examination due to a medical condition or chronic pain now have an alternative to conventional MRI. The open and tilting design is a new and innovative way of doing MRI in which the position of the patient becomes an integral part of the outcome of the examination.

Getting an MRI can be stressful for a patient. We want to make sure it’s a comfortable, open and friendly environment. Ask your doctor if you would benefit from weight-bearing MRI. To schedule an appointment, fill out the form below or give us a call at (864) 775-5004.

We offer:

  • Knee MRIs
  • Shoulder MRIs
  • Hip MRIs
  • Ankle MRIs
  • Foot MRIs
  • Elbow MRIs
  • Wrist MRIs
  • Hand MRIs
  • TMJ MRI/Imaging
  • Cervical Spine MRIs
  • Thoracic Spine MRIs
  • Lumbar Spine MRIs