At Dynamic Medical Imaging, we utilize the latest in MRI technology – the Fonar Stand Up. This unit is an open MRI scanner that allows a patient to sit or stand and watch television during the procedure.
Most MRIs require the patient to lie down in a tight, enclosed cylinder, which sometimes causes issues with those suffering from claustrophobia. Most MRI tests last around a half an hour so the patient is much more comfortable and at ease using an open MRI. An open MRI can be used like a traditional MRI for Back, Brain, Breast, Cervical, Foot & Ankle and all other traditional MRI scans.
Are you claustrophobic or have you failed an MRI due to discomfort or mental stress? An Open and or Upright MRI is the solution.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Explained:
MRI, or Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is a common medical imaging technique used for viewing the internal human anatomy in greater detail. Due to its capability to distinguish the various soft tissues, it is frequently used to examine the brain, musculature, or organs. Generating an image using magnets and radio waves, an MRI produces no radiation, making it completely safe. It is a painless, noninvasive procedure with no side or after effects.
DMI’s Upright MRI offers a multitude of benefits:
Unlike conventional Lie-Down MRIs, DMI’s Upright MRI allows patients to sit, stand or lay down in multiple positions during the diagnostic test
For those patients who are claustrophobic, our Upright MRI helps eliminate the feeling of being “closed-in”. Just relax – an open area, upright and watch television.
An MRI should be comfortable for everyone, including young children. In fact, parents are able to stay in the room with their child for added assurance.
One Size May NOT Fit All
DMI’s Upright MRI routinely accommodates patients up to 500 pounds, avoiding the cramped feeling of a conventional Lie-Down MRI.
Patients can be scanned in their positions of pain or symptoms. Additionally, body organs and tissues can be viewed in their normal position of function – upright.
Advanced software capabilities and a full range of whole body applications generate high resolution imaging, to achieve diagnostic precision.
Preparing for an Upright MRI
As the name suggests, an open upright MRI doesn’t require patients to lie immobile inside a tiny space. By following these simple guidelines below, you can help us provide you with the best possible care during your upright MRI at Dynamic Medical Imaging.
Abdominal and/or Pelvic MRI: Do not eat or drink 4 hours prior to your scheduled appointment. Please take a small amount of water with essential medication. There are no food or drink restrictions for other MRIs.
Personal items should be left at home, such as jewelry and watches.
Wear comfortable clothing, with no metal zippers or clasps. You may have to change into a gown. For optimal image quality when performing head scans, eye make-up and cosmetics should not be worn, as they may contain metallic powders, and thus degrade the image quality.
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment and bring your prescription, insurance card, photo ID and any relevant reports or studies that were not done by Dynamic Medical Imaging.
Metallic objects must be left outside the scanning room – such as keys, credit cards, removable hearing aids, eyeglasses, dentures and other prosthetic devices.
There are certain details, which could interfere with the procedure. It is especially important to call our office at 908-687-2552 or notify the technician, prior to the MRI if any of the following points apply to you or anyone present with you during the scan:
Have a cardiac pacemaker or heart valve.
Are pregnant or think you may be pregnant.
Have a medical constraint concern.
If you are/were a machinist, welder, auto mechanic or work with metal in any capacity.
If you even suspect you have anything metallic within your body such as surgical clips, joint or bone pins, metal plates, un-removed bullets, shrapnel, BB shots, cochlear implants, neuro-stimulators or permanent tattoos.
What the experts are saying about Upright MRI
DURAL SAC CROSS SECTIONAL CROSS-SECTIONAL AREA (DSCA) IN AXIAL LOADING (SITTING DOWN) MRI SIGNIFICANTLY CORRELATED WITH THE SEVERITY OF SYMPTOMS WHICH CONVENTIONAL (LAYING DOWN) MRI COULD NOT DETECT. MRI WITH AXIAL LOADING (SITTING DOWN) PROVIDES MORE VALUABLE INFORMATION THAN THE CONVENTIONAL MRI (LAYING DOWN) FOR ASSESSING PATIENTS WITH LUMBAR SPINAL CANAL STENOSIS (LSCS)
Haruo Kanno 1, Hiroshi Ozawa, Yutaka Koizumi, Naoki Morozumi, Toshimi Aizawa, Takashi Kusakabe, Yushin Ishii, Eiji Itoi Dynamic change of dural sac cross-sectional area in axial loaded magnetic resonance imaging correlates with the severity of clinical symptoms in patients with lumbar spinal canal stenosis
ALL 3 FORMS OF INSTABILITY ASSOCIATED WITH SPONDYLOLYSIS OR ISTHMIC SPONDYLOLISTHEISS ARE BEST ASSESSED WITH POSITIONAL (UPRIGHT) MRI IN THE EVALUATION OF THESE PATIENTS ESPECIALLY IF RADICULAR SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT.
Pascal Niggemann 1, Johannes Kuchta, Hans-Konrad Beyer, D Grosskurth, Thorsten Schulze, Karl-Stefan Delank Spondylolysis and spondylolisthesis: prevalence of different forms of instability and clinical implications
POSITIONAL (UPRIGHT) MR IMAGING MORE FREQUENTLY DEMONSTRATES MINOR NEURAL COMPROMISE THAN DOES CONVENTIONAL (LAYING DOWN) MR IMAGING. POSITIONAL PAIN DIFFERENCES AR RELATED TO POSITION-DEPENDENT CHANGES IN FORAMINAL SIZE.
D Weishaupt 1, M R Schmid, M Zanetti, N Boos, B Romanowski, R O Kissling, J Dvorak, J Hodler Positional MR imaging of the lumbar spine: does it demonstrate nerve root compromise not visible at conventional MR imaging?