Our Open MRI system is located in a very large room with spacious floor to ceiling windows on two sides giving a wonderful view of the world outside-trees, grass, and sky! The entire environment is designed to be wide open and patient friendly. Our Open MRI system incorporates the highest field strength and best image quality available for an open magnet.
Hillsborough Radiology Centers is committed to providing the best medical diagnostic imaging available by offering the patient and referring physician a choice for their MRI imaging. Most facilities offer either High Field or Open MRI and have no option but to promote that equipment. Our many years of experience with both MRI systems at other facilities convinced us that High Field MRI is preferable whenever possible. However, for those patients who cannot be evaluated in a High Field system, the next best patient care choice is our Open MRI. Patients who are referred to our facility can be assured they will be matched to the appropriate magnet so the best study will be performed.
What will the exam be like?
During the examination you will not feel anything unusual. You will, however, hear a repeated drum-like knocking sound as the scans are recorded. Feel free to bring along your favorite CD or cassette tape to listen to during your scan to make yourself comfortable. Hearing protection will be provided to those patients who do not wish to listen to music.
You can help to produce high quality images by lying still during the examination while breathing normally. The average scan takes 5 to 15 minutes – the complete examination about 30 to 45 minutes – during which time several dozen images will be produced.
With incredible accuracy, MRI can detect many abnormalities which CT scanning and X-rays cannot, especially those involving soft tissue. In fact, MRI reduces the need for biopsies, exploratory surgery, and other diagnostic procedures which carry associated risk.
MRI is a totally painless procedure with no known side effects. Because no radiation or radioactive substances are used, patients requiring frequent scans avoid the potential danger of cumulative radiation exposure.