Open MRI

An Open MRI, like an MRI, produces extremely detailed images of body tissues and organs without using x-rays, but gives the patient more room inside the magnet during their exam. Two- and three- dimensional images are produced when electromagnetic energy is measured and analyzed after exposing a patient to radio frequency waves in a strong magnetic field. These pictures may be viewed on a computer monitor. Our new Open MR system from GE uses cutting-edge software and hardware to produce high-resolution images using high-field magnetic strength—the open design does not sacrifice the quality of the images.

Like our traditional MR scanners, our Open scanner has a tube-like architecture, but its bore size is much larger than traditional MR machines, allowing the patient more comfort inside the magnet. The spine coils required in traditional MR units have been built into the Open MR machine, enabling even more space. Accommodating patients of all body types or who are claustrophobic, our Open MR offers an alternative to patients and their doctors who require high-resolution images but have not been able to successfully complete their exam with traditional MRI machines.

Recognizing the need for a more comfortable setting in which to have an MRI, Mink Radiology built the Open MRI suite to include large windows to provide natural light and a state-of-the-art sound and visual system to further alleviate the stress of the exam.

Nearly all of our patients who have been unable to complete their exam in our traditional MR have successfully finished it in the Open MR. If patients desire an oral sedative to complete their scan, we can provide Ativan to those who bring a driver and arrive 30 minutes before their scheduled appointment. For patients who require conscious sedation, an anesthesiologist comes to our Beverly Hills location on Saturdays. The anesthesiologist requires his own set of prerequisites before the exam, such as a medical history and physical. Please check the exact prerequisites when you schedule your appointment.

Referring physicians will be pleased to see that the image quality of the Open MR is comparable to that of the traditional closed scanners. We have hardware and software to reduce, and in some cases, eliminate interference from metal artifacts in joint replacements, artificial disc replacements, and other spinal implants.

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