A stand-up MRI machine makes the imaging process very simple for our patients. Over the last 30 years, technology has revolutionized the imaging industry by designing the open MRI system.
Traditional imaging equipment would require the patient to lie down and slide into the machine head first. This has been proven to cause anxiety related reactions that may hinder the imaging process. Many patients are too claustrophobic or unable to lie still enough to use these types of machines.
A New Way to Be Scanned – The Stand-Up MRI Machine
The new standup MRI machines allow our patients to simply walk in, sit or recline and be scanned. While our machine is much quieter than traditional mri, some patients still prefer to wear earplugs since there is still some noise produced during imaging. It is still important to remain still in an open machine but it is much easier to relax as you watch your favorite TV program or listen to your favorite music. The open MRI machine allows various parts of the body to be scanned.
How to Prepare For Your MRI
It’s very important that you DO NOT have a pacemaker. Before your MRI, be sure to eat and drink normally and take your regular medications (with the exception of blood thinners, which should be avoided prior to an MRI) . When you arrive, you will need your insurance card and ID. You will be asked to remove any metal objects including jewelry, hairpins, body piercings, keys, eye glasses, etc. If you clothes have metal, you may be asked to change into a gown or scrubs.
Once the MRI scan is complete, the images are sent to the radiologist for review. A written report is sent to your doctor within 2 business days.