MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) is a procedure that has become very common but patients should be cautious. Ask questions:
- What is the field strength of the magnet? Closed MRIs should have a field strenght of one Tesla or more.
- Is an "open" or "closed" MRI preferred? Closed MRIs have better resolution and should always be the preferred study. Patients with claustrophobia might prefer an open study but be sure the open unit has a high field strength
- Who will be reading the MRI study? The radiologist should special training in MRI.
Diagnostic Imaging is an exciting field of medicine where physicians, technologists and patients are all learning about its' impact together.
Have you had a recent procedure?
What was your experience?
Any tips on how to avoid the claustrophobic feeling of an MRI?