Radiology - Main Campus McClure
111 Colchester Avenue
Main Campus, McClure, Level 1
Burlington, VT 05401-1473
Wide bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) at UVM Medical Center
Wide bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanners feature larger openings than standard closed MRI scanners, making them less confining and more comfortable for patients of all shapes and sizes. This additional space comes without the decrease in image quality often found with traditional open MRI units.
- Exceptional imaging quality: At The University of Vermont Medical Center, we use the latest wide bore technology available, with equipment that takes high-resolution pictures with faster than average scan times. This means better quality pictures for your doctor and less time in the scanner for you.
- State-of-the-art technology: The UVM Medical Center uses the Philips Ingenia 1.5 Tesla MRI system — the first digital broadband MR scanner. Designed to help you feel less cramped, this leading-edge equipment also allows for scanning to be performed with your head completely outside the system.
- Experienced MRI team: All UVM Medical Center radiologists who interpret MRI exams have completed specific MRI fellowship training, ensuring your imaging test will always be read by a knowledgeable specialist. With extensive training in the field, our MRI-trained technologists focus not only on capturing high-quality images but also keeping you comfortable throughout the imaging exam.
Benefits of wide bore magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
The more at ease and relaxed you are during your MRI procedure, the better pictures we can capture. Wide bore MRIs are purposely designed with a larger entrance than conventional MRI. They also feature a shorter bore — the area where you lie down inside the circular magnet of the MRI unit. These more accommodating systems are well suited for:
- Claustrophobic patients
- Pregnant women
- Overweight or obese patients
What to expect from a wide bore MRI procedure
Wide bore scanners work the same way as traditional MRI, by safely and painlessly taking pictures of the inside of your body to help your doctor diagnose any problems. Wide bore MRI systems use a powerful magnet and radio frequency pulses to produce detailed images of your organs, soft tissues, bones and other internal structures.
Depending on the part of your body being imaged, you may be asked to not eat or drink for four to six hours prior to your exam. Because of the powerful magnet used in the procedure, for your safety you will need to remove any metallic objects such as jewelry, dentures or hearing aids before entering the scanning room.
The wide bore MRI unit is a large, cylinder-shaped tube surrounded by a circular magnet. You will lie on a motorized, moveable table that slides into the scanner. Your technologist will move the table to position the part of your body being imaged in the center of the magnet. Some examinations require the additional use of a coil — a piece of equipment that takes the images — to help improve image quality. The coil may surround the body part being imaged.
The MRI machine makes loud thumping noises during the imaging process. You will be provided with ear protection to help reduce the noise and increase your overall comfort.
During the exam, you must lie still. Subtle movements can blur the MRI images, making it more difficult for the radiologist interpreting your test to provide an accurate diagnosis. To communicate with you, your technologist will talk to you throughout the examination using an intercom system. You can speak to your technologist as well if you have any questions or concerns.