You’ve been ordered to go to a lab or an imaging center to have an MRI done. This might sound like a frightening scan, but it’s really nothing to be concerned about. The results of the scan can assist your doctor in determining what is wrong with you and the best treatment plan to put in place. While most locations use a closed MRI, there are many that are now offering an open MRI scanner because of the benefits that are associated with the machine.

This design is one of the best options for patients of all types. There are some patients who are unable to physically be inside an enclosed tube for long periods of time or can’t get into the tube at all. An open design is essentially a long table with the scanner going around the table. This makes it easier for more people to have the necessary scans done to monitor their health. Since there isn’t an enclosure, then there is a decreased chance of someone becoming claustrophobic during the scan. Patients of all shapes and sizes can have access to the scan so that doctors can determine what is wrong with them as well. There could be mobility issues with people who aren’t obese that would prevent them from being on a table inside an enclosed tube for a long time.

If a child needs an MRI, then an open design is often the best option because there aren’t as many loud noises. The enclosed tube design is often frightening for children because they can’t see anyone and don’t realize what’s taking place in the room. With an open design, children can have someone in the room with them while the scan is being completed. Most open designs are more advanced than traditional machines, which means that doctors can get more information from them for the patient.