Open MRI

Open MRI/MRA at Advanced Radiology Osage Beach

The Open MRI system is accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR), which is a “quality control” organization that evaluates technology equipment in hospitals and outpatient centers nationwide. The ACR determines if the different centers qualify for a certain set of elite standards mandated by medical physicists and scientists.

ACR accreditation assures that you are getting high quality images from our AIRIS Elite Open MRI system. Our Open MRI is one of the most spacious and least confining on the market. Compared to a traditional MRI machine, the open MRI has a less confining design making it ideal for patients with anxiety and claustrophobia. The Open MRI comfortably accommodates patients of all ages and size.

About Our Open MRI

Our patient-oriented Open MRI system has revolutionized the comfort of your imaging exam. The AIRIS Elite is quiet and open on three sides, making it very spacious and allowing it to accommodate patients of all ages and body types. The open design also allows a caretaker to be present if the patient requires one.

Benefits of Open MRI

– Open environment helps eliminate fear
– Patients may have a companion at their side
– Fast scanning times helps eliminate anxiety
– Easily accommodates large, claustrophobic or anxious patients
– Music system helps relaxation
How does an MRI work?About the ProcedureAre there any special preparations to make before the exam?How long will my MRI scan take?What does using contrast mean?Must I hold still during scanning?
How does an MRI work?
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test that uses a magnetic field and pulses of radio wave energy to differentiate body tissues and types. The MRI machine makes pictures of organs and structures that are inside the body. The MRI system converts the pictures into computerized images and the result is a clear and detailed depiction of the area of interest.
About the Procedure
During the procedure our intercom system will allow you to communicate with our radiologists who will be monitoring the exam from the control room. While your exam is in progress you will hear a knocking sound coming from the MRI system, which is perfectly normal. In order to obtain the highest quality of images it is very important to remain still during the procedure.
Are there any special preparations to make before the exam?
No. The MRI procedure allows you to eat normally and take any prescribed medications.
How long will my MRI scan take?
Most scans can be completed within 20 to 60 minutes.
What does using contrast mean?
Some types of MRI scans require the use of a safe paramagnetic agent or contrast media. The contrast is used to highlight certain body parts and is given intravenously before the exam. Allergic reactions to the paramagnetic agent are unlikely but all patients are screened for allergies to the contrast before it is administered.

If you are asked to take the contrast before you test, please tell your doctor or the technologist if you have any of the following:

– If you have asthma or other allergic respiratory disorders
– If you have anemia or diseases that affect red blood cells
– If you are breast feeding
– If you are pregnant or think you might be
Must I hold still during scanning?
Yes, it is very important for image clarity. If you would like, the technologist can instruct you when you may move between scans.

The MRI machine cannot examine you if you have any of the following:

– A pacemaker
– Certain aneurysm clips in the brain
– Ear implants
– Metal fragments in one or both eyes
– Implant spinal cord stimulator

If you have any of the above items, please contact the center before you arrive. Some of the above items may be permissible, however it is important to screen for these items. Call Advanced Radiology Osage Beach with any questions at: 573-746-7010