Traditional vs. Open MRI
Although both an Open MRI and a traditional MRI work on the same principles, there are major differences in terms of comfort for the patient.
In the traditional MRI, patients are encased in a tunnel-like device throughout the course of the examination. Patients often complain of the close quarters and the rising anxiety levels associated with feelings of claustrophobia.
The Open MRI at Wilson Regional MRI provides the patient a relaxing environment in which to have the procedure performed. The machine is designed to provide a great deal of open space around the patient, dramatically reducing anxiety levels. In fact, it is not unusual for patients at Wilson Regional MRI to doze off while the procedure is being done.