Open MRI: what it is, how it works and where to do it
New technologies make some tests available to all patients, including magnetic resonance imaging: now accessible to claustrophobic subjects or those in need of accompaniment.
Open magnetic resonance imaging is increasingly indicated for patients who have difficulty facing the classic diagnostic exam. It is therefore a reliable tool designed for claustrophobic patients, the elderly or children stand up MRI machine in East Brunswick, NJ.
MRI is a fundamental diagnostic test for various areas of medicine. Thanks to the use of harmless magnetic fields it is possible to study both the soft tissues and the hard tissues of the organism in an accurate and three-dimensional way. It is therefore a fundamental examination to identify pathologies or dysfunctions of the organism in time. To date, the presence of magnetic resonance devices is very high and widespread in the area.
However, there are some categories of patients who are precluded from this examination. Due to the conformation of the device, consisting of a cylindrical tube in which the patient is made to lie down for a time ranging from 30 to 60 minutes, claustrophobic people have difficulty in carrying out the examination correctly. The machinery could then cause some problems even to particularly elderly patients or children.
The advantages of open resonance
Many diagnostic centers and hospitals are therefore equipping themselves with devices designed specifically for these categories of patients, so as not to deny anyone the right to diagnosis. The open MRI works exactly like the traditional one, with the only difference that the device does not have a closed and cylindrical shape, but an open “C” shape. The lower arm and the upper arm therefore act as plates for the generation of the magnetic field. The machinery has the same precision as the traditional counterpart, but does not generate physical or psychological oppression. Given the mechanism, it is often possible, with the consent of the radiologist, to be accompanied by another person.
Open resonance is also finding very important use in the operating room. Surgeons use it to analyze the organs and tissues of the patient being operated on: in a few tens of minutes, therefore, the doctor can have a clearer overview of the area. We therefore speak of intraoperative use of the diagnostic examination.