Medserena Upright Open MRI centres in London and Manchester offer patients a state-of-the-art MRI examination that removes the feeling of claustrophobia and even allows them to watch TV while their scan progresses.
Unlike conventional MRI scanners, Medserena’s Upright Open MRI is perfect for patients with claustrophobia. As you’ll know, traditional MRI scans require them to slide into a narrow tunnel which many people find uncomfortably hemmed-in, cramped and can induce anxiety or panic.
Even an ‘open’ MRI scanner still requires the patient to endure the machine very close to their face as the patient has to lie between two magnetic poles, often referred to as a ‘double doughnut’ format. (The distance between the upper and lower poles vary but are typically only around 38 – 43 cm.) Importantly, weight-bearing imaging and functional studies of the spine are not possible and the patient would have the upper pole layer in front of his or her face, given that the system is only open at the sides.
With the Medserena Open MRI scanner, patients have nothing in front of their face at all so there is no feeling of claustrophobia – and they can even watch a TV programme or DVD, on a large screen, whilst the process is being carried out. All coils (antennae), even the head coils for brain scans, are designed to allow patients to clearly see outside the system. The staff at Medserena Upright MRI Centres are specially trained in dealing with claustrophobic patients. And, if required, a relative or friend can stay with the patient in the room.
The procedure is conducted in a natural weight-bearing position. The patient can stand up, sit down, flex their neck and be moved into different postures – so the scan is carried out in exactly the position that pain is experienced. Indeed, some conditions maybe underestimated or may not even be seen at all in a traditional tunnel MRI scanner. For example, this type of MRI scan can offer a thorough, more conclusive diagnosis of conditions ranging from whiplash, pelvic floor disorders and breast implant leakage to problems with the spine or neck.
Perhaps you have a patient who would benefit from this type of scan? Maybe they have had a conventional MRI scan but their condition has not been properly diagnosed and they still suffer from pain? Or maybe they are claustrophobic or anxious about the idea of going through an MRI ‘tunnel’?
Medserena would be delighted to arrange for you to visit either of their scanning centres to view a live scan in progress and to sit in the scanner (without having an MRI) in order to learn about why this type of MRI is so much better for patients and their consultants. We have expert radiographers and radiologists who can explain in detail how this type of MRI scan works and its benefits. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to arrange a visit.