Open MRI utilizes a completely safe magnetic field and sophisticated computers to produce exceptional quality images of any body part in any desired direction. The result is an unsurpassed diagnostic picture of the area your doctor needs to see.
There is no radiation, no pain and no known side effects.
OUR MRI SERVICES:
An open MRI is a technology that allows the patient to sit or lie between the magnets that perform the resonance imaging, but without having to be encased in a tube. The magnets themselves can be moved to be properly positioned where the patient needs them, so the patient is only surrounded by the machine exactly where they are being scanned. So for an abdominal scan, the head, chest and feet would be ‘open’ and not encased in a tube or in the machine.
The advantage of this is that patients feel less claustrophobic, are able to be ‘inside’ the machine for longer, and this reduces the overall time needed to perform the MRI and also produces better compliance with the patient being still during imaging.
With the open MRI, patients can be placed in multiple positions as well, to get the best image possible, while in a traditional MRI, patients are left mostly to lie flat on their backs and not move.
Only available at our Fort Myers location.
A traditional MRI / Magnetic Resonance Imaging has a tube that is a bit larger than the length of an average human body, and a table that extends in front of the tube. The patient lies on the table which slides inside the tube.
The space inside the tube is confined, and the tube is closed on one end and open on the other. Unfortunately, most MRIs require a person be slid in head first, meaning the open end is near the feet. Once inside the tube, the patient cannot sit up, because there is not enough room to do so. Therefore, the only way to get out of the tube is by sliding back out. Even with the mechanical assistance of sliding the tray electronically, it takes time to get a patient out of the tube, and that can seem like an eternity for someone having a claustrophobic reaction.
Additionally, hIgh field MRIs can take anywhere from a few minutes to over an hour to perform the completed scan, so the patient has to spend a good deal of time in the tube.
Preparing for Your Visit
A thorough evaluation is important to determine
your medical history before your procedure.
Following are some of the questions you will be asked when you call to schedule your appointment:
Q. Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
Q. Do you have an IUD in place?
Q. Have you ever had any medical devices such as…
Heart pacemaker, pacer wire or a defibrillator? Artificial heart valve? Metal clip placed for an aneurysm? Neurostimulator? Metal implants or other surgical clips? Hearing Aid? Eye or Middle prosthesis?
Q. Have you ever had any operations on your head and neck?
Q. Have you ever had surgery on your spine?
Q. Have you had any surgery in the past 8 weeks?
Q. Have you had a metallic foreign object in your eye(s) or metal removed from your eye by a doctor?
Q. Do you have any shrapnel or metal in your body?
Q. Do you have any known allergies to drugs? (please have list ready)
Q. Do you have any known history of kidney or renal disease?
Q. Do you wear a transdermal patch?
Q. Do you have any personal history of cancer?
Miami Open MRI is a certified health care facility accredited by the Agency for Health Care Administration of the State of Florida.
MIAMI OPEN MRI
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Tel. (786) 362-6929
Fax. (305) 230-7574
7404 SW 48th St, Miami, FL 33155
Open Monday to Friday 9 am – 9 pm and Sat. 9 am -4 pm but we offer same day after hours for urgencies, we never say “no”, contact us or make an appointment now.
Tel. (239) 689-3695
Fax. (305) 230-7574
6300 Corporate Court
Suite 101, Ft.Myers Fl 33919
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