Open MRI for Maximum Patient Comfort
What is Open MRI?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging exam that uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to collect detailed information about the organs and tissues of the body. MRI does not use x-ray or radiation.
Open MRI is used to accommodate claustrophobic, obese and pediatric patients. Conventional MRI scanners are a cylinder shape, while an open MRI does not completely surround your body. It is usually open on two or three sides. An Open MRI provides a more relaxed, less confining environment and lower noise levels making it less stressful for you.
Our Open MRI Locations
1944 Clairmont Rd, Decatur, GA, United States
900 Eagles Landing Pkwy, Stockbridge, GA, United States
Open MRI for Spine and Joint
How should I prepare for my MRI exam?
- Please follow any instructions given by your healthcare provider.
- MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to make detailed pictures
- Wear comfortable clothes without metal fasteners, including zippers, buttons and snaps.
- Please let us know if you have an insulin pump or glucose monitor. Our imaging machines may cause your device to malfunction, so it will need to be removed during your exam.
Meet Our Team
“I have tried other spine centers in Atlanta, however none of them made me feel more comfortable and explained every step as well as Allspine.”
“When I first cam to see Dr. Rezaiamiri my arm pain was debilitating. Dr. Rezaiamiri and his assistant spend the time to explain my diagnosis and treatment options. After the surgery my arm pain is completely gone. I tell everyone to go to AllSpine first!”
MRI’s Near Me
MRI machines are an important part of diagnosing spinal disorders, back problems and the source of neck pain. The imaging used gives your doctor important information on what’s happening to cause you pain, and what the best treatment plan should be. Many times you may have to go to an alternate facility to get an MRI done, but at AllSpine Laser and Surgery Center we have in house Open MRI machines ready so you can have your comprehensive spinal care taken care of in one place, without having to run around looking for different MRI providers around town.
How does an MRI work
The way the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) works is through the powerful magnets within the machine. They create strong magnetic fields which make the protons found in water of your living tissues to align with the field created by the MRI machine. A radiofrequency is pulsed through the patient and the protons are stimulated which goes against the magnetic field generated by the machine. When the radiofrequency ceases the MRI sensors can detect the energy released by the protons realigning with the magnetic field. Different types of body tissues are noticeable in the image due to the time it takes the protons to realign and the energy released by those protons.
What does an MRI show
After all the complicated scientific stuff is done, the result is a three dimensional detailed anatomical image, which is very helpful in diagnosing anything that may be wrong internally. They are great at showing soft tissues of the body, and the brain, spinal cord, and nerves are seen very clearly with an MRI machine compared to an X-Ray or CT scan. It’s useful in diagnosing aneurysms and tumors as well, and because it doesn’t use radiation it’s great for when multiple imaging sessions are needed.
How long does an MRI take?
An open MRI scan can take as little as 15 minutes and up to an hour, depending on which part of the body needs to be imaged and whether or not contrast is used in the MRI. It will also depend on whether or not multiple exams are being done, since that will have additional time constraints. The MRI technician operating the machine will be able to tell you how long the process will take for your specific scenario.