How the Advanced Open MRI Helps Eliminate Claustrophobia

November 11, 2019 – 3 min read

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How the Open MRI Eliminates Claustrophobia

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been around for some time and is one of the most efficient technologies when it comes to diagnosing and monitoring the body’s structure. However, for some patients, getting an MRI causes a sense of deep dread. For those that suffer from claustrophobia, an MRI can feel more like a nightmare than a beneficial process.

Now, with the Advanced Open MRI, patients that were once terrified of this technology can put their mind at ease as the Advanced Open MRI delivers a more relaxing and open environment.

What is the Advanced Open MRI?

An MRI is a completely safe, pain-free imaging technique that uses a powerful magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to produce highly detailed images of the body’s structure. An MRI can be used to help diagnose or monitor treatment in the bones, joints, organs, muscles, and other soft tissues. An MRI is commonly used to evaluate:

  • Organs in the abdomen and chest such as the heart, kidneys, liver, bowel, adrenal glands, and pancreas.
  • Blood vessels and lymph nodes.
  • Pelvic organs such as the reproductive organs and the bladder.

An MRI is used to diagnosis or monitor treatments for conditions including:

  • Diseases of the liver.
  • Tumors in the abdomen, chest, or pelvis.
  • A fetus in the womb.
  • Heart problems or inflammation of the blood vessels.

The MRI was traditionally an enclosed device where the patient would lie on their back inside. Now with the Advanced Open MRI, it provides a completely open environment and allows patients to stand, sit, bend, or lie down. The Open MRI can accommodate patients up to 400lbs and enables imaging in a weight-bearing state to show the full effect of gravity on a particular area of the body.

How the Advanced Open MRI Eliminates Claustrophobia

Older MRI machines had narrow tunnels with a ceiling very close to the patient’s face. This, combined with the knowledge the patient has to lie very still and not move about, caused patients suffering from claustrophobia to form an aversion to the MRI. However, with all of the wonderful benefits of the MRI, something needed to be done to make the technology more accommodating yet still just as powerful.

The Advanced Open MRI is the answer for those suffering from claustrophobia. The upright open environment gives the patient open air above, in the front, and behind. This allows the patient to experience a greater sense of ease and freedom and the ability to breathe in the fresh air all around them.

The new Open MRI technology lets patients fully relax during the exam, and in many cases, they can even enjoy their favorite TV show. Not only is the Advanced Open MRI great for those suffering from claustrophobia, but it can be a calming environment for both children and their parents. A parent can stand near their child and hold their hand and make eye contact during the entire exam giving everyone a sense of comfort.

At American Health Imaging, we offer the Advanced Open MRI in Decatur, GA and San Antonio, TX. The open space and comfort now allow patients to fully reap the amazing benefits of the MRI like never before.

Contact us today to set up an appointment or learn more about how the Advanced Open MRI can benefit you.