What is Open MRI?

OPEN MRI

Traditional closed MRI machines are enclosed on all sides and subject patients to an alarming level of noise inside the small scanning chamber as the machine runs. Inside the narrow chamber, movement is greatly restricted and this causes severe claustrophobia in many patients. Our Hitachi 2 Open MRI scanner treats patients to a much more pleasant MRI experience.

The Hitachi Airis II is abundantly open, allowing patients to see into the MRI room on all four sides. Magnets are placed directly above and below the MRI bed, and only the area of a patient’s body to be scanned will enter the machine. For example: if a patient were having their foot scanned, they would enter the machine foot first and most of their body would remain outside the scanner. An Open MRI makes for a much more enjoyable experience for everyone.

WHY CHOOSE AN OPEN MRI?

There are a variety of reasons that your doctor may order an MRI scan from determining the cause of symptoms to examining an injury. Some of the common reasons for an MRI exam are to check for tumors or abnormalities, bone fractures too fine for x-rays or CT scans, or pain in the knee.

The board certified radiologists at Total Imaging MRI have decades of experience interpreting digital MRI results. They will work with your doctor to correctly and accurately determine the causes of your symptoms and deliver a diagnosis, all while promoting patient health.

THE OPEN MRI DIFFERENCE

While the technological aspects of an open MRI vs. a closed MRI are basically the same, a closed “High-field” MRI machine can deliver images in a higher resolution than an open MRI machine. Also, both types of scanners are highly sensitive to any metal in or on the body. Check with your doctor to determine if an MRI scan is the safe for you and whether an open MRI is the best option.

Need an MRI without Insurance?

If you just found out that you need an MRI, but don’t have any health insurance Total MRI is the imaging center for you. We offer cash payment plans starting at $300 dollars. This includes a complete MRI scan with one of our friendly technicians and a full report detailing your results from one of our board certified radiologists. Your doctor will even receive your results within 24 hours of your appointment. At Total MRI we never turn patients away. With our cash payments starting at a fixed rate of $300, patients without insurance can receive a regular MRI.

Why should you choose Total MRI?

  1. All of our MRI cash payment plans are competitively priced

  2. Our radiologists will work with you and your doctor to determine the results of your scan.

  3. We will deliver your results to your doctor within 24 hours

Get the same high-quality MRI as patients with insurance. You will receive our patient-friendly care and service at a competitive price. Call us today to speak with one of our staff members. We make it easy for patients without insurance to get an MRI.

Patients who request a cash payment MRI will still need to provide proof of a doctor’s prescription.

WHAT IS AN MRI?

MRI or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a process that allows doctors to get a literal view of the inside of their patient’s body. MRI’s capture detailed images of internal organs and tissues. This requires patients to lie still surrounded by magnets, which are used to align protons in the body. Patients lie as still as they can under these powerful magnets, which use radio waves to send data to the MRI machine. This data is decoded and turned into an image of the human body. MRI machines can even construct 3 dimensional images by applying different magnetic gradients.

WHAT MAKES AN MRI BETTER THAN AN X-RAY OR CT SCAN?

WHY MRI IS THE BEST?

MRI scans are a safe non-invasive way to capture images and do not require the use of harmful radiation. This makes MRI scans the safest option for most patients. MRI scans can be performed without any risk or adverse side effects. MRI’s are a safe option for brain imaging and are great for showing ligaments, joints, and tendons in great detail; as well as, normal and abnormal tissue, which is easily distinguishable.

 

Note: MRI scanners are sensitive to metal and may be harmful to patients with metal implants, screws, or shrapnel fragments. All patients should consult their doctor before deciding if an MRI is the safest option.

X-Rays

These scans are not able to distinguish between normal and abnormal tissue. They are not capable of showing organs clearly and are mainly used to examine the skeletal system. Radiation is required to capture x-ray images.

CR or CAT Scans

CT Scans are useful for diagnosing different forms of cancer and examining fine bone injuries. While they do deliver high-quality images, they also require patient exposure to radiation. CT Scans only take about five minutes and are thus utilized heavily by emergency rooms.

Claustrophobia and MRI's

DO YOU HAVE A HISTORY OF CLAUSTROPHOBIA?
DO YOU GET ANXIETY EASILY?
ARE YOU NERVOUS ABOUT GETTING YOUR MRI EXAMINATION?

An MRI can be a stressful experience, causing unnecessary worry and anxiety to patients. 

Total MRI strives to make MRI examinations a positive experience for every patient. Our staff and technicians will do everything possible to make sure that you are completely comfortable. They will not start your MRI until you are ready and will communicate with your through your scan.

Patients who choose Total MRI can now wear our special entertainment glasses, that make MRI examinations a “Movie Theater” experience.

OUR OPEN MRI’S ARE THE BEST CHOICE FOR PATIENTS WHO ARE CLAUSTROPHOBIC.

Patients who have a history of claustrophobia and anxiety will benefit from our Open MRI machine. Gone are the enclosed spaces, as you experience an MRI that is open on all sides.

“MOVIE THEATER” MRI

Total Imaging MRI is one of the centers offering entertainment during a patients MRI examination. During a scan, patients can opt to wear our entertainment glasses. Wearing our cutting-edge glasses, patients will feel like they are at the cinema. With visuals and sound, the MRI will fade as patient are taken on journeys around the world. We currently offer four entertaining choices:

  • The Secret Life of Plants

  • Under the Ocean

  • Discover Antarctica

  • Top Gear

  • More selections coming soon!

Swim with under the ocean, follow some penguins, discover the life of plants, or take an exotic ride. Your MRI will be over with before you know it!

Get in Touch

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Suite 120
Santa Clarita, CA 91387

Email. documents@totalimagingmri.com 

Tel. 661.250.4611
Fax. 661.250.9356

Hours

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Sunday By Appointment

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