Open MRI Specialist

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in St. Joseph, MO

If you have unexplained joint or muscle pain that’s not going away, you may need magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to diagnose the issue. At Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, the orthopedic specialists use open MRI technology for a more comfortable, less anxious diagnostic experience. To learn more about the benefits of an open MRI, call the orthopedic office in St. Joseph, Missouri, to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online today.

Open MRI Q&A

What is an open MRI?

Open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a noninvasive diagnostic technology that uses radio waves and a magnetic field to create images with a 360-degree view of the inner structures of your body. 

Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center offers state-of-the-art MRI technology that’s open on both sides. Since an open MRI doesn’t require the patient to be fully encased, it’s an improved MRI experience for those with anxiety or claustrophobia. An open MRI can alleviate your anxiety about testing and ensure you’re more comfortable during the procedure.

Why would I need an open MRI?

MRI technology can show differences between healthy and unhealthy tissues in your musculoskeletal system. You may need an open MRI if you have pain or other unexplained symptoms resulting from injury or disease affecting your:

  • Spine
  • Joints
  • Tendons
  • Muscles
  • Ligaments

Following your open MRI, the team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center can interpret the results of your scans to determine if you need additional testing or treatment for an underlying orthopedic condition or injury.

What can I expect during an MRI?

The team at Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center helps you prepare for your MRI. Before your test, make sure you’re not wearing any metal, such as zippers and snaps on your clothes, and remove your glasses and any other metal belongings.

Your provider asks you to lie down on a padded table that moves you into the open scanner. Since the equipment can produce loud noises during the scan, you’re welcome to wear headphones to protect your hearing.

Throughout your scan, it’s important that you lie still and remain relaxed. It can take up to 45 minutes to complete the scan, depending on the reason for testing.

Immediately after your open MRI, you can return to your usual activities with no downtime or limitations. If the team determines you need treatment for an underlying orthopedic condition or injury, they discuss your options for moving forward.

To learn more about the diagnostic benefits of an open MRI, schedule a consultation online or call Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center today.