An open mri is a new concept for many people. In the past, the idea of getting an MRI could be enough for some to put off diagnostic testing. Traditional MRIs involved lying still in a tight, enclosed tube while the machine banged and clanked around you. The procedure, while painless, could be difficult to undergo for anyone, although some people experienced more challenges than others.
Using an open mri allows individuals who would otherwise have difficulties with an MRI diagnostic test to have the test without issue. For individuals who do not believe that having a traditional MRI would cause problems, an open MRI can still be a good choice. There are no drawbacks to an open MRI, and it is not unusual for people who have never experienced claustrophobic symptoms in the past to have trouble with a traditional MRI.
An open machine has benefits aside from allowing people to experience the benefits of a diagnostic MRI without the accompanying claustrophobic feelings. Children, for example, would often have to forgo the traditional MRI. Using these newer MRIs with children leads to better outcomes because the child will be much calmer.
Individuals who have certain physical issues that limit mobility, as well as individuals who are larger in size would often find that a traditional MRI was not suited for them. An open machine allows these individuals, who are often most in need of accurate diagnostics, the option of undergoing an MRI.
An MRI is used to diagnose a variety of illnesses and conditions. Unlike other diagnostic tools such as CT scans and X-rays, there is no radiation involved in MRI testing. MRIs are most often used to diagnose issues of the nervous system, such as brain injury, multiple sclerosis, and stroke, and soft tissue injuries. Given the wide range of diagnosis that the MRI can be used for, it is easy to see why it is a popular tool. It is noninvasive and a painless procedure. Open machines reduce the main obstacle that makes MRI testing for most people.