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News Release Date : 04/27/2005

Open MRI Provides Comfort & Convenience

A model of the new Open MRI
Comfort and convenience is the answer. The question - what St. Mary's of Michigan new Open MRI unit can provide for you? St. Mary's of Michigan now offers the only Open MRI north of Genesee County. The Open MRI does not have the "tube like" structure of a traditional MRI that patients must lie in; therefore, this is a great advantage for large or claustrophobic patients.

The Open MRI is located at the north end of St. Mary's of Michigan Medical Center main campus and is part of an "outpatient imaging center." A separate entrance adjacent to the doors to Seton Cancer Institute will allow patients who need MRI, ultrasound, CT or other imaging services to enter near the department. Patients no 

The traditional MRI
longer have to come in the main entrance and walk through the hospital.

The traditional MRI machine will remain in its current location and still be used; however, the Open MRI adds many benefits.

1. Patients who are claustrophobic, anxious, or simply not willing to be scanned in the more confining tubular/cylinder scanning area of the "non-open" systems, are able to take advantage of the powerful benefits of the Open MRI, without a traumatic or embarrassing experience.
2. Large patients, up to 450 pounds, can be examined without difficulty in the open area.
3. Children can be more easily scanned and monitored in an open system. The open design is less threatening and scary to children. A parent or family member may sit right beside the patient to provide reassurance.
4. The vertical orientation of the magnetic field allows a friend, family member, or spouse to accompany the patient into the scanner to provide reassurance for those who need it. They can be close enough to hold hands, if that helps!
5. The open architecture allows much greater flexibility in positioning the patient comfortably within the scanner. The area of the body to be examined can be positioned more easily at the center of the scanning area where the magnetic field is most uniform improving overall image quality.

If you have any questions about the Open MRI, contact your family physician or call 776-8164.

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