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OpenScan MRI

Our traditional OPENSCAN MRI in Zephyrhills.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a painless way to look inside your body without using X-rays. Instead, it uses a large magnet, radio waves, and a computer to scan your body and produce detailed pictures that cannot be seen on conventional x-rays.

MRI's ability to easily differentiate between soft tissues makes it the best exam for many procedures, including head, spine and musculoskeletal studies.

Our OPENSCAN MRI has an unobstructed view from three sides, allowing you to see and talk to our technologist during your exam. Our "open" scanner provides for a higher level of comfort over conventional, "tube shaped" MRI machines.

MRI Exam Preparation

Each exam lasts 30 to 60 minutes. No special preparation is required. You may eat or drink as usual, unless your doctor has given you other instructions.

Because the MRI uses a large magnet and metal objects interfere with the scan, you will be asked to remove and store valuables and other objects in a private lockbox.

It is important to tell us if you have a pacemaker, think you may be pregnant or have medical or dietary constraints that could interfere with the procedure. Also, please let us know if you are/were a machinist, welder, auto mechanic or work with metal in any capacity. It is very important to let us know if you even suspect you have anything metallic within your body, such as surgical clips, joint or bone pins, metal plates, unremoved bullets, shrapnel, BB shots, cochlear implants, neurostimulators or permanent tattoos. These items may interfere with the procedure.

Our technologist will help you lay down on a padded table that slides into the examining area. A device called a "coil" will be placed over or under you. It helps the MRI create a clearer picture.

Once you are comfortable, the technologist will step into the control area, staying in constant contact with you through the window and intercom. You will not feel anything during the exam, but you will hear different sounds (muffled thumping) for several minutes.

Try to relax as much as possible; any movement during this time will blur the picture. When the exam is done, the technologist will assist you off the table.

Please refer to our FAQ - TruSCAN MRI Stand up or OPEN MRI headings for additional questions & answers.

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