MRI (short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a diagnostic tool that can be invaluable to doctors trying to diagnose and treat various conditions and injuries. With current advancements in technology, there are now several different types of MRI scans. In this article, we will discuss the various types of MRI machines and help you figure out which type of MRI exam is right for your situation.
A close MRI is what most people picture when they think of an MRI. Closed MRI scans work great, but there are several downsides. They’re loud and cramped, which can be a huge issue for a patient who suffers from claustrophobia. Despite these drawbacks, closed MRIs still provide the best image quality of any MRI machine.
Compared to a traditional closed MRI, an open MRI is much less cramped. The patient still lies down inside the machine during the exam, but the space is much larger and less claustrophobic. Open MRIs are also better for obese patients who may not be able to fit inside a closed MRI machine.
Taking the open MRI scan to another level, some new machines allow patients to sit or stand during their exam. These machines provide an extra level of comfort for the patient, but they are rare.
It’s important to note that not all clinics have all of these types of MRI machines. Some facilities only have traditional closed MRIs. That being said, it’s always good to ask about your options, especially if you are claustrophobic.
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