If you're claustrophobic, our wide-opening MRI scanners offer more space so you can feel more at ease.
What Is a Wide-Opening MRI Scan?
MRI is a painless, non-invasive test that uses magnetic waves to take pictures of body parts, organs, and tissues from all angles.
Since it takes fast, precise 2- and 3D pictures, doctors can see inside of the body from head to toe. This helps them make the proper diagnosis quickly.
At UPMC Imaging Services, our wide-opening MRI machines:
- Offer the same tests as a standard MRI scanner without putting you in a narrow cylinder.
- Are open on the ends and larger than a standard MRI scanner.
- Let you have visual — and sometimes physical — contact with your loved ones and our staff during your scan.
We also offer a reduced-length scanner so that your head can remain outside during some tests.
Our open MRI may be suitable for:
- Advanced-age adults.
- Clinically obese people.
- People suffering from sports injuries.
- People who fear enclosed spaces.
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Benefits of Wide-Opening MRI Versus Standard MRI
Wide-opening MRI scanners offer more space and comfort than standard MRI scanners.
Extra-wide openings and more space
Wide-opening MRI scanners:
- Offer nearly a half foot more space, providing room for lying on your side or raising your knees.
- Are perfect for people with large or broad frames and those with claustrophobia.
- Give you more room, providing a more comfortable and relaxing test.
The same clear, precise images as closed MRI
- Wide-opening MRI offers the same advanced technology and clear imaging results as standard MRI scanners.
- High-res pictures can lead to a more precise diagnosis.
What to Expect During Your Wide-Opening MRI Test at UPMC
MRI scans require you to stay very still, so the pictures aren't blurry.
Depending on your condition, you may have a device to track your pulse, heart rate, and breathing during the scan.
If you're having an MRI with contrast dye, the imaging tech will:
- Place a small IV needle into a vein in your hand or arm before you slide into the extra-wide open MRI scanner.
- Give you a saline drip to prevent clotting.
- Inject the dye. Some may have an allergic reaction to the dye, but this is rare.
Next, the tech will leave the room and:
- Use an intercom to give you directions, such as holding your breath. You can talk to them as well.
- Take the pictures. You'll hear loud clicks. We'll provide ear plugs.
- Will slide you out of the scanner and remove the IV needle if you had contrast dye.
Your Wide-Opening MRI Test Results
A radiologist studies your high-quality digital MRI scans and sends them to your doctor via our state-of-the-art computer system.
If you ever need your images at a UPMC hospital or office, they can access them any time — day or night.
You can also view your test results at your UPMC patient portal account.
Call your doctor if you have any questions.
Where We Offer Wide-Opening MRI Testing
Ask your doctor about having your wide-opening MRI at a UPMC Imaging Services location.
Many offer same-day, night, and weekend appointments.