Open MRI vs Closed MRI
Unlike the familiar traditional closed MRI scanners which require a patient to be scanned in a narrow, enclosed tunnel, Open Upright MRI, commonly referred to as Stand-Up MRI, allows a patient to sit, stand, bend, or even lay down for their scans.
There are several other key differences between Open Upright MRI and Closed MRI:
Open Upright MRI
|Weight Restrictions||Open MRI: None||Closed MRI: Patient size and weight limited|
|Scan Positions||Open MRI: Several, including weight-bearing position of pain||Closed MRI: Lay-down only|
|Claustrophobic||Open MRI: No||Closed MRI: Yes|
|Drugs Needed||Open MRI: No||Closed MRI: Yes|
Upright MRI scanners are ideal for claustrophobic patients, those who are unable to lay flat for extended periods of time, and those who cannot fit comfortably into a traditional closed MRI scanner due to size.