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What is open MRI?

Open MRI is a kind of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that takes high-quality images without the confining “tunnel” of traditional MRI. During open MRI, patients lie on a wide bed for their procedure.

Open MRI is ideal for patients who suffer from claustrophobia or who are too frail or overweight to undergo traditional MRI, but almost any patient who needs an MRI can enjoy the benefits of the technology.

Open MRI can meet the imaging needs of many specialties, including neurology, orthopedics and general surgery. Older pediatric patients also may be referred to the open MRI suite.
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