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What are magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machines like?

Advances in technology have made MRI machines more comfortable. Watch as experts from Trident Medical Center demonstrate the comfort and improvements of modern MRI machines.
Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
The standard magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine is a metal tube that you slowly slide into. You have to stay very still while the image is formed. For many people this can be disconcerting and bring on claustrophobia, so some opt for a sedative, an anti-anxiety drug, or even stress-reducing aromatherapy beforehand. We find breathing exercises and meditation are extremely calming during the process.

The Open Bore MRI model has a tube and gives a sharp image, but inside the MRI tube there's a foot of space above your face and sometimes you can have your head outside the tube.

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