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.