An open MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a type of MRI that utilizes a machine with an open design instead of a traditional closed tube. The open design allows for greater comfort and ease of access for patients, especially those who may experience claustrophobia or discomfort in enclosed spaces.

During the procedure, the patient lies on a table that slides into the open MRI machine. The machine uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce detailed images of the body's internal structures, including soft tissues, organs, and bones.

Compared to closed MRI machines, open MRIs typically have a wider bore diameter, which can accommodate patients of different sizes and shapes. Additionally, the open design allows for better communication between the patient and the medical staff, which can help reduce anxiety and improve the overall patient experience.

Open MRI

MRI does not use ionizing radiation, making it one of the safest and widely used medical imaging technique.


South valley Imaging
8359 church street gilroy, ca 95020 
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Directions From San Jose
Head South on Highway 101 towards gilroy for 1.6 miles. follow US-101 south to ca-152 w/Leavesley road in gilroy.  Take exit 357 from us-101 south in 28.4 miles
continue on ca-152 w/leavesley road to your destination

Directions From salinas
Head North on Highway 101 from north main street for 1.0 miles. 
follow Us-101 north to ca-152 w/leavesley road in gilroy. take exit 357 from us-101 north for 28.1 miles.
continue on ca-152 w/leavesley road to your destination for 0.8 miles

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