When you need an MRI scan, you can receive either a closed or open MRI. The difference between the two is inherent in the names, but how does your doctor determine which one you need? You can choose an open MRI at our facility for any reason, but a doctor may call for an open MRI for a handful of specific reasons:
Patients with Mobility Issues – A closed MRI does not provide many options for patients with mobility issues. Some MRIs required you to change position, and if you need someone to reposition your body for you, you have to have an open MRI to allow this person access. It is also easier to get in and out of the machine.
Larger Patients – A closed MRI leaves you with little space to move around in. Even our wide bore MRI is only 70cm, or about 27.6” – that’s a tight fit. If a patient is the same size or larger than the bore of the MRI, an open MRI will be requested for their comfort and safety.
Complicated Scans – Some scans may require you to position your body in a way that a closed MRI will not allow, or require you change positions. An open MRI provides the most room for mobility, so it is used for these more complicated scans.
Claustrophobia – Anxiety and claustrophobia are serious issues, and subjected a patient with these conditions to a closed MRI is a risk to both their mental and physical health. An open MRI is the best option for patients with claustrophobia because they are not in an enclosed space.