Open MRI Types

Wide Open MRI

The wide open MRI takes the concept of open MRI to new heights; improving on MRI technology and capabilities.

This scanner is three times larger than a traditional MRI and is open on three sides. The increased size will accommodate people weighing up to 550 pounds. In addition to the enhanced physical features, it provides excellent image quality. It is perfect for bariatric, pediatric and orthopedic imaging.

The wide open MRI is available at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak and in the Wayne and Joan Webber Imaging Center on the campus of the Beaumont Medical Center, Macomb Township. To schedule a test call the Appointment Center at 800-328-8542 or request a test online.

It is important to note that some tests may require a more traditional scanner. This will be determined prior to testing.

How the wide open MRI benefits patients

There are many features of this advanced scanner which will benefit patients who are children, claustrophobic, and obese.

The large width of the scanner will allow parents to lie next to their child during the test. If a child is especially nervous or anxious about the procedure, having a parent by his side can help to reduce stress and create a calming experience.

To encourage a soothing environment, the examination room can be filled with calming ambient lighting, relaxing music and comforting images on the walls. This will benefit those who may be anxious due to claustrophobia. The patient will also be able to see outside of the scanner's walls, which increases the feeling of openness.

Wide Bore MRI

A wide bore MRI is a type of open MRI offered at Beaumont. It is the same as a traditional MRI with one difference; a larger opening. These scanners boast openings up to 70 centimeters wide along with much shorter tubes to further promote an open experience.

Beaumont offers the wide bore MRI at all three hospitals in Royal Oak, Troy and Grosse Pointe. For added convenience, the Lake Orion and West Bloomfield medical centers also offer this technology.

To experience the difference, schedule a test by calling the Appointment Center at 800-328-8542 or request a test online.

It is important to note that some tests may require a more traditional scanner. This will be determined prior to testing.

How the wide bore MRI benefits patients

Wide bore MRI scanners are a great alternative for larger patients or those who are claustrophobic. Comfort is key and Beaumont wants to make sure every person who receives an MRI scan is as relaxed and calm as possible.

Performance is not compromised with this type of scanner. Each MRI will deliver outstanding results; providing doctors with clear and accurate pictures. This allows our physicians to produce more precise diagnoses for their patients.