The newest open bore (or “wide bore”) technology is a more comfortable alternative to traditional MRI for patients who are claustrophobic. This system is a pleasant compromise between the conventional closed MRI (which has stronger magnet strengths and superior image quality) and Open MRI which has limited magnet strength and imaging capabilities.
Open Bore MRI at The UVM Medical Center
Here at The University of Vermont Medical Center, we use the latest open bore technology available. The Philips Wide Bore Ingenia takes high-resolution pictures with faster-than-average scan times. That means better picture quality for your doctor, and less time in the scanner for you. We now have three systems available with the open bore technology.
Benefits of Open Bore Technology MRI
Open bore MRIs have a much wider diameter than conventional MRI and a shorter bore. They offer additional patient space without the trade-off of image quality that traditional Open MRI units often face. These systems are well suited for:
- Claustrophobic patients
- Pregnant women
- Overweight or obese patients
What to Expect During an Open Bore MRI
Open Bore MRI scans can take place in the hospital Radiology Department and usually last about 30 to 60 minutes. During the procedure:
- You will be asked to remove any metal objects such as jewelry, dentures and hearing aids from your body.
- You will be asked to wear a hospital gown.
- You may need an intravenous line (IV) if a contrast dye will be injected into your body to improve picture quality.
- You will lie on an examination table and made as comfortable as possible; the table then slides into the magnet.
- During the scan, the technologist will stay in constant contact with you from the control room via an intercom; you will be able to see him or her through a window.
- You will be asked to stay very still when the MRI is scanning. While the scan is taking place you may hear humming and knocking noises.
Preparing for an Open Bore MRI
Most open Bore MRI scans don't require special preparation. In some cases, your doctor may instruct you to stop taking certain medications. Be sure to follow any special instructions your doctor gives you before your exam. You will be asked to remove all of your jewelry and any other metal objects from your body before the scan.
If you have any metal, implanted devices, new tattoos or a pacemaker, please inform the department before your test. The technologist will ensure your exam can be performed as scheduled.
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