Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a diagnostic imaging technique using a combination of magnets and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. Unlike an X-ray, which is used to view the body’s bones and joints, an MRI captures harder to see images of the soft tissues such as muscles and organs. While a traditional MRI or wide-bore MRI consists of an enclosed capsule, an open MRI provides space in the front, back, and above the patient. This airy technology is an innovative take on the traditional MRI and provides the same high-quality imaging. However, when it comes to open MRIs, people still have their questions and concerns on this particular type of exam.

Is an Open MRI Safe?

Not only is the open MRI safe for most people, but it’s completely pain-free. However, pregnant women are advised not to receive an MRI exam and patients should always let the technologist know if they have any metal inside or on their body. Cardiac pacemakers, inner ear implants, artificial heart valves, and bio stimulators are just a few of the devices you should report to your technologist. Any dental fillings will not affect your MRI exam.

Is there any Special Preparation for my MRI Exam?

Open MRI exams do not require any preparation. Patients can eat and drink as they normally do and continue taking any medication unless a doctor says otherwise. Clothing should be loose and comfortable and free of any metal fastenings or zippers. It’s also a good idea to leave any metal jewelry at home.

How Long will an Open MRI Exam Take? 

Most MRI exams take anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes. Sometimes your doctor may want you receive an MRI with an enhanced contrast medium. This usually takes a little longer compared to a regular MRI exam. Other factors that determine the length of your exam include whether or not your sedated and if your doctor asked for multiple studies.

When will My Doctor Receive Results?

At American Health Imaging, our radiologists review each MRI exam as soon as the results are available. Within 24 hours, your doctor will receive copies of your images along with a detailed report.

How Do I Schedule an Open MRI?

When your doctor decides it’s important for you to receive an MRI, their office will notify our staff and we’ll coordinate an appointment for you, or you can set up your own MRI exam by giving us a call. From there, we’ll verify health insurance. If you don’t have health insurance or your deductible is incredibly high, we work with you to fit our excellent self-pay rates.

We offer same-day appointments as well as weekend appointments so your open MRI exam will always fit in with your schedule.

At American Health Imaging, we want you to feel secure and knowledgeable when it comes to open MRIs. Getting an open MRI is a great step in making sure you stay in optimal health.

Contact us today to schedule your open MRI exam so you can get on the path to a quick recovery.