How do MRI’s work?

Magnetic resonance imaging or an MRI is a fancy form of an X-ray, and it allows for 3-D pictures to be formed from the human body. Unlike traditional X-rays, they do not use radiation and are often more detailed in their imaging.

MRI’s are a very large tunnel, where the patient is placed on a sliding table and remains still, with some restraints to stay without movement. Then they remain in the box with only music to listen too for an hour to let the procedure go and scan their bodies.

The MRI’s work by using magnets to examine the protons in the body, and since the proton level is constant over the body’s tissues, injuries and other problems can easily be found and fixed by doctors. The MRI’s can scan arteries, veins, tissues, and other parts of the body that an X-ray would just pass through.

An open MRI

For people who are too tall, heavy, or for those who have problems remaining in a tight space for an hour, an open MRI can do the trick. Instead of being an enclosed box, the MRI has its magnets on the top and bottom while leaving the sides open.

open MRI

Other MRI’s are completely open and are mostly good for children and the elderly as they are able to talk to parents or doctors when they need it. While the open MRI’s are not as effective at some stages as the closed, they can provide more comfort.

Use communication with the doctor

If an MRI needs to be taken but there are issues with claustrophobia or discomfort, an open MRI or sedatives before the procedure can be taken to ensure that the patient is kept comfortable and relaxed while the results are calculated.  Being comfortable is the best chance to get the greatest results when the procedure is done.