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Shields has more than 20 locations that offer high-strength open MRI machines, including five advanced 3T options. Our open-bore machines can accommodate patients up to 500 lbs.
What to Expect
Every open MRI at Shields is a high-strength, which means that your doctor gets the quality image he needs and you get a comfortable experience designed to ease anxiety.
Christine Lindsey, Chief MRI Technologist at Shields MRI, talks about the comfort and quality of our open MRI machines.
Frequently Asked Questions
We’re asked this question. A lot. Our answer is no – and with good reason.
- The quality of the images is higher on our 1.5T & 3T open MRI machines.
- The gold standard for MRI is 1.5T strength and those open on three sides are a lower strength.
- Our radiologists recommend the images from the 1.5T & 3T open-bore MRI machines for the best diagnosis.
Our open machines can hold up to 550lbs.
At Shields, our 1.5T & 3T open bore MRI machines offer a wide opening between 60-70 cms and a shorter bore length, giving a much more spacious and comfortable experience without compromising image quality.
A traditional, closed MRI has a longer bore and has an opening that is about 45 cm.
The strength of the MRI machine is measured in teslas - the higher the tesla, the better the image. Radiologists prefer very detailed images to make the most accurate diagnosis.
1.5T or tesla is the gold standard in MRI today and anything lower than that - like a 1.2T or 1.0T - can compromise the quality of the image and impact diagnosis.
What does 70 cm of headroom look like?
When it comes to comfort, headroom is key. Our open MRI machines offer the maximum amount of headroom with 60-70 cm.
The patient experience
From the moment you walk in to Shields, we try to make you as comfortable as possible.
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