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High Field & Open MRI/MRA

What is MRI of the body?
MR imaging uses a powerful magnetic field, radio frequency pulses and a computer to produce detailed pictures of organs, soft tissues, bone and virtually all other internal body structures. Detailed MR images allow physicians to better evaluate parts of the boday and certain diseases that may not be assessed adequately with other imaging methods such as x-ray, ultrasound, or computed tomography (also called CT or CAT scanning).

What is the difference between an Open MRI and High-Field MRI?
Open MRI is an outstanding tool for scanning patients who would otherwise not be able to benefit from MRI's invaluable diagnostic capabilities. Featuring a much larger patient gantry and an open-end design, Open MRI systems have become an attractive option for patients who have difficulty with the size contraints of conventional MRI systems, and provide patient-friendly environment for high quality routine head, neck, body, and musculoskeletal MRI exams.
 
How can I prepare for my upcoming exam?
For an ordinary MRI, no special preparation is required, but leave any jewelry or other metal objects at home. Under certain conditions, specialized MRIs require dietary restrictions provided by the physician. These include:

* When the MRI requires injection or ingestion of a contrast agent (a dye used for image enhancement)
* When sedation or anesthesia is necessary
* Other special considerations

It is important to notify the person performing the test of any illness, allergy, or previous drug reaction. Some people may feel uncomfortable, or even claustrophobic (fearful of being closed in) because the machine has a tunnel-like appearance. Most people can overcome this feeling, but for those who need assistance, the doctor can prescribe a tranquilizer for use before the procedure.

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