When patients have to be scanned for an open MRI, the process can be a little overwhelming. Open MRI’s use a magnetic field and radio waves to create images of the body and allow doctors to see what’s inside.
Because magnets are involved, the choice of clothing is extremely important as clothing with buttons, zippers, snaps, or any kind of metal fasteners can’t be worn at all, and jewelry, watches, and even some dentures will have to be removed. Basically, if it has even a hint of metal, it needs to be left behind or it will interfere with the scan.
Before the exam
Once the clothing restrictions are dealt with, patients must arrive around 15 minutes early to have their insurance and ID checked, and they are allowed to bring a CD to listen too during the procedure. This music should be something that can help you relax and something you can let your brain focus on.
Thanks to the nature of an open MRI, patients will be able to see the doctors working on the exam, and they will be led to a soft cushioned bed and slid into the machine. If the patients are still nervous even with the open MRI, they can be given a relaxing sedative.
During and after the exam
Patients will have to remain still for the exam’s duration as the sounds of the scanner change with time. Most procedures take about 20 minutes and then patients will be allowed out of the machine.
Then, it’s done and the patient will be allowed to collect their things and go home to resume a normal life. The images will be studied and scanned by expert doctors and they will be sent to the local doctor, who will share the findings with the patient.