1.5T Open-Bore MRI
MRI, short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is an advanced diagnostic tool widely used in the medical field today. Unlike many other processes, MRI does not rely on x-ray or radiation, making it a safe and effective option. This technique creates images using a strong radio waves, allowing the medical professional to better assess and diagnose a patient. There are various types of MRI scans, some of which require a contrast medium.
A specific type of MRI machine is an open-bore MRI, which utilizes a shorter and wider tube, commonly referred to as the “bore”. Because this machine is shorter than the traditional MRI scanner, part of your body will likely be outside the machine during the exam. In addition, this machine is often used for those patients with MRI claustrophobia or who have anxiety surrounding traditional MRI exams. Furthermore, the wider opening allows us to offer MRI exams to larger patients in a comfortable setting.
If you are in need of an MRI in Dallas/Fort Worth, be sure to inquire about our 1.5T open-bore MRI scanner. We are happy to answer any questions you may have in order to ensure you feel comfortable and confident about the exam.
About Open-Bore MRI Scanners
Here are a few facts about open-bore MRI scanners to give you a better idea about what you can expect:
- Open-bore MRI scanners are larger than a tradition MRI and can hold up to a 600 lb patient
- Open MRI scanners are designed to accommodate claustrophobic and larger patients
- Open-bore MRI scanners are able to perform a wide range of highly specialized and necessary exams, including breast MRI, prostate MRI, and full-body MRA
One of the main benefits of the 1.5T open MRI scanner is that it is a true high-field magnet, allowing us to get the patient in and out quickly which again helps for those with MRI claustrophobia. In addition, this type of MRI scanner provides our doctors with an incredibly detailed and specific image, giving them the tools they need to make an accurate diagnosis as soon as possible.
Your Open-Bore MRI Questions Answered
Open-bore MRI scanners provide doctors with the opportunity to cater to the needs of patients on a broader scale. The configuration of the 1.5T open MRI scanner used by Prime Diagnostic Imaging MRI clinics in Dallas-Fort Worth is ideal for many different scenarios. Please keep in mind that preparation guidelines differ based on the type and purpose of the scan that has been ordered. However, there are a few common guidelines that all MRI patients should adhere to:
- Wear comfortable and loose-fitting clothing
- Leave valuables – such as jewelry – at home, if possible
- Do not wear eye makeup
- Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your appointment
If you have any additional questions about our Dallas area 1.5T open-bore MRI services, please contact us at your convenience.