Open MRI vs. Closed MRI: What is the Difference?

Open MRI vs Closed MRI

Did you know that there are three different types of MRI? The relaxed upright MRI, or stand-up MRI, the open MRI, and the traditional closed version.

The open upgright MRI has different uses than the traditional MRI. In this post, we will discuss the benefits and differences between an open MRI vs. closed MRI.

What’s the Difference?

closed MRI is your standard version, leaving you laying in a narrow tube while being scanned. It subjects the patient to loud noises, lack of airflow, darkness, and claustrophobia.

So then, what’s an open MRI? Well, technically, there are two types of open MRIs. The original open MRI still requires the patient to lay down during their scan, however, it is usually open on two or three sides so they are not confined inside a dark tube. Because the patient is still laying down, it produces similar results to the closed version.

At SUMA, we use the Fonar® Upright MRI; it’s a much different experience for the patient because they have the option to sit, stand, bend, or lay down during the procedure. Getting in the position of pain means the MRI results show the cause of the injury more clearly.

As a result of being completely open in front of the patient, they will not experience claustrophobia. Nobody enjoys laying in that narrow tube for an extended period of time! With the open MRI, they won’t have to.

The open upright version is also much quieter for the patient, leaving them naturally less stressed. With the open front, the patients won’t have to worry about airflow or darkness.

Having an injured or ill child is not fun for anyone. Imagine trying to put a young child in a closed MRI when they already don’t feel well. Our open MRI gives the child multiple options for comfort and even allows them to sit on a parents’ lap during the scan, consequently helping to keep them calm and still long enough for the MRI scan to complete. Let us help you make a terrible situation a little more bearable.

It is not uncommon for someone who is claustrophobic to have to be sedated for a closed MRI. With an open MRI, there’s no need because the patient will not be in a closed-off area.

This will help prevent IV’s, added stress, and extra time for allowing the medication to take effect.

The choice is clear, an open MRI has several added benefits over the standard closed tube version.

Open MRI vs. Closed MRI

We hope this information has been helpful in deciding which type of MRI is best for you.

Here at SUMA MRI, we care about the well-being of all of our patients. Therefore, choosing an open upright MRI will simply be easier and less stressful for the patients involved.

Next time you have to have an MRI, request an open or stand up MRI. If you need assistance, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions. We’d love to help!

No longer will you have to question the differences between an open MRI vs. closed MRI. The choice is clear: choose SUMA MRI and receive the best results possible, just like these individuals.

If you’re curious about the cost of an open MRI, don’t worry! They are covered by most insurance plans and we even offer a reduced price of only $600 because many patients have a high deductible.

Let us help you have a much more pleasurable experience. Schedule an appointment today!

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