What are the benefits of the Open, Weight-Bearing MRI over conventional, tube MRIs?
The Open MRI can be tilted to scan patients in an upright, weight-bearing position. This replicates the normal compression that tissues undergo on a daily basis, helping to capture more accurate images. The open-room MRI is also a great alternative for patients who suffer from claustrophobic symptoms during a closed, “tube” MRI, including children and larger patients (up to 450 lbs).
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THE EXAM?
Comfortable clothing. Avoid wearing anything with metal including jewelry, zippers and snaps. Those items will need to be removed before the test. Women can wear a sports bra with no metal.
WILL I FEEL ANY PAIN?
No, not from the test. MRI uses a magnetic field to acquire the images so you will not feel any pain. You must lie very still during the test. Some patients become uncomfortable lying in one position. If you think you will have trouble lying down, notify the technologist.
HOW SOON AFTER MY TEST CAN I EXPECT THE RESULTS?
A board-certified radiologist will read your exam and a report will be sent to your referring doctor within 24-48 hours. It is recommended that you speak to your referring doctor for an explanation of the test.
DO YOU HAVE SELF-PAY AND CO-PAYMENT OPTIONS OR DISCOUNTS?
Yes. We do have options available for patients with no insurance or co-pays. We also take most credit cards and CareCredit. Call our office prior to your exam to discuss payment arrangements and discounts.