WHY USE AN OPEN MRI SCANNER
If you wish to have your MRI investigations without being uncomfortable due to the lack of room, an open MRI scanner would be an excellent option for you. It is suitable for everyone but particularly suitable for the following groups.
Claustrophobia : The Open scanner suits patients who suffer from anxiety and claustrophobia as the Open scanner allows patients to lie flat or indeed stand while the scan is being performed as opposed to having to stay still in an enclosed tunnel.
Open MRI Specialist Scan and Report: The scanner in the Droitwich Knee and Shoulder Clinic is an open 0.25 Tesla Magnet. The technology of this open scanner is different as compared to a 1.5 Tesla scanner which usually requires patients to lie in the tunnel. This also means that the images produced by the open scanner are slightly different as compared to 1.5. The clinic scan images are reported by a trained and qualified radiologist who also works on the NHS on a regular basis and interprets our scans as well as scans done on a 1.5. This comprehensive report is then sent to both the patient and your medical practitioner to go along with the actual images. Please note that if your specialist is not trained to read open MRI scan images, he/she may find that the images are different to those from a 1.5 scanner. If these images were taken to an external radiologist or specialist (who are not trained to read the scans from open scanners) and if they were not able to read the scans, we cannot be held responsible and no refunds would be made. If there are questions regarding the scans the clinic radiologist will be able to answer them but no refunds will be processed. Please refer to the referring specialist if required before booking your scan.
HOW DO WE SCAN
Preparation for an MRI scan is not labour intensive at all. You do not need to fast or take medications before the scan. We advise you to read the paperwork you have received from us in preparation. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scan time as we will need you to fill-up a questionnaire which assesses your suitability for the scan. Please let us know if you have any loose metal objects inside your body including a pacemaker, pacing wires, etc. You will need to change into our provided gown to make sure that you do not carry any metallic objects with you in the scanning room. Finally, and for your safety, the radiographer on the day may decline to perform the scan if she felt that the procedure was unsafe for clinical reasons.
This is a simple procedure to understand the scanning process and understand what investigation you are having done.
There are very few risks involved with an MRI scan which makes this test very adequate and patient friendly investigation. Our open scanner rules out the issue about claustrophobia and anxiety which is a problem for some patients.
You will have a briefing given by the experienced radiographers before the scan. You will be lying back (or standing, if your consultant has recommended) while the scan is carried out. The procedure usually takes between 30-50 minutes based upon the complexity of the scan and the area of the body to be examined. Once the scan is complete, a CD will be passed over to you which will remain your property. Your referring practitioner will receive a Consultant Radiologists report in due course.
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