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Premier Open MRI For Brain

Provided by Premier Diagnostic Imaging

CT services icon showing patient entering a computed tomography machine at Premier Diagnostic Imaging in Cookeville, TN

About Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI scanners (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) use a strong magnetic field, radio waves and a computer to create detailed images of organs and other features inside your body.

Since MRI scans produce better tissue images than x-rays they are commonly used for imaging the brain and spinal cord. MRI machines are also used for taking images of the thorax and vascular system (blood vessels), and of the musculoskeletal system (including the knee and ankle).

MRI technicians looking at brain from Premier Diagnostic Imaging in Cookeville, TN

About Open MRI

open MRI

Premier Diagnostic Imaging includes both open and traditional (closed) MRI services.

Our open MRI machine features an opening of nearly 2.3 feet in diameter and almost one foot of free space between a patient’s head and the magnet.

The bore (the opening) is approximately four feet long and is open at both ends. This allows more than 60 percent of exams to be completed with the patient’s head outside the bore. The large opening helps ease claustrophobia while capturing high-field, quality diagnostic images. This MRI scanner accommodates patients of all sizes, including children and overweight or obese patients.

What to Expect

You will be comfortably positioned on a special table that slides into the MRI system opening. The area is well-lit in a room that provides an open, airy, and comfortable atmosphere. The technologist will perform the MRI exam at the control unit in an adjoining room.
 
You will need to remain still during the imaging process. You will be able to communicate with the technologist through an intercom if needed. If you are claustrophobic, techniques like entering feet first, aromatherapy, or mirrors may provide relief.
 
In some cases, a contrast material may be injected into a vein in your arm. This makes tumors, blood vessels, and scar tissue brighter. Your kidneys will filter the contrast and your urine will eliminate it from your body within 24 hours. Side effects are rare, and registered nurses will be available throughout your procedure.

How to Prepare

The strong magnetic field used for MRI will pull on any metal objects implanted in your body, so the Premier staff will ask about all of your surgeries. Some surgical implants may make you ineligible for MRI. Other implants require a specific amount of time to pass before you can have an MRI.
 
Examples of surgeries that need special attention include aneurysm clips, ear implants, brain implants, pacemakers, heart valves, stents, and intrauterine devices (IUDs).
 
Patient lockers are available for jewelry and other valuable items. However, it is best to leave all jewelry at home during procedures.

For more detailed information about open MRI services
offered by Premier Diagnostic Imaging, Email or Call Us at (931)-528-1800.

Additional Resources:

Visit https://www.radiologyinfo.org/

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