Open MRI Specialist

Precise MRI of Michigan

Medical Diagnostic Imaging Center located in Lathrup Village, MI

If you need an MRI, get the best from the board-certified team at Precise MRI of Michigan in Lathrup Village. With a MAGNETOM Espree by Siemens Open MRI machine, you feel comfortable and unconstrained during the procedure. This state-of-the-art technology supports the facility’s relentless focus on patient comfort, making a Precise MRI the most comfortable, easiest, and highest quality MRI provider in Greater Detroit. To schedule an appointment, call or book online today.

Open MRI

What is an open MRI?

MRIs are safe, painless, and noninvasive diagnostic machines that provide high-quality, three-dimensional images of your body’s organs, tissues, and structures. The procedure is safe and produces very little radiation. An open MRI is less restrictive and less enclosed than a traditional MRI.

The open quality should make you feel more comfortable during the procedure, especially if you have any form of claustrophobia. At Precise MRI of Michigan, your experience is of the utmost importance to the team. The MAGNETOM Espree by Siemens open MRI machines are one of the many ways the facility seeks to make your visit easy and comfortable.


How does an open MRI compare to a traditional MRI?

The primary difference between an open and traditional MRI is how much space surrounds you while you are inside the machine. Many people, especially those with claustrophobia, complain of feeling constrained or having difficulty breathing in a traditional MRI.

With an open MRI in a MAGNETOM Espree by Siemens, you’ll be unconfined. Additionally, if you are on the bigger side, this machine can accommodate you. It’s safe to use so long as you weigh no more than 550 pounds (250 kilograms).

However, open MRIs may not be suitable for all body parts and may not generate as clear an image as a traditional MRI. The team at Precise MRI and your doctor can determine if the open MRI makes the best choice for you.


Why would I need an open MRI?

An open MRI performs all of the exam functions of a traditional MRI. This includes MRIs for body parts including:

  • Head
  • Neck and back
  • Abdomen and pelvis
  • Joints

It can also be used with the state-of-the-art NeuroQuant® software for world-class brain measurement, MRA for accurate evaluation of blood vessel integrity, and arthrogram for an extensive assessment of your joint health.


Is there any special preparation for an open MRI?

The open MRI requires the same considerations and preparations as any other MRI procedure. While you likely will not need to modify your diet, medications, activity, or sleep, there are a few factors important to consider to ensure your safety. The technicians need to know if you have any metal anywhere in your body, including:

  • Brain aneurysm clips
  • Vascular stents
  • Pacemakers
  • Defibrillators
  • Artificial joints
  • Inner ear implants
  • Some heart valves

Additionally, if you have ever worked with sheet metal or been injured by shrapnel, it is important to let the Precise MRI staff know.  All of these circumstances pose risks to your safety as well as the quality of the machine’s imaging. While the staff will check, make sure to leave any metallic items like your pen, change, or jewelry as well as any digital items like your mobile phone outside the room before your exam.

If you are pregnant, notify the MRI technician staff. If you experience claustrophobia, even within the open MRI, let your radiologist know. They may provide mild sedatives.

If you need an MRI but are uncomfortable in the traditional machines, schedule an open MRI with Precise MRI of Michigan today by calling or booking online.