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The Best Extremity Open MRI in NYC
Midtown Sports Imaging, Inc.

115 E. 61st Street
Suite 7A, Seventh Floor
New York, NY 10065
Tel (212) 888-9599
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Non-Claustrophobic MRI

Non-Claustrophobic MRI: The Advantages and Benefits

Magnet Patient Hand Scan 1Open MRI machines offer many advantages over closed MRI units. Large individuals or children who struggle with the claustrophobic or restrictive nature of closed MRI units will find open MRI machines far more comfortable. There are many other benefits to closed MRI units. For a more relaxing and comfortable scanning experience, Midtown Sports Imaging, Inc. uses the most innovative, open MRI units available.

Open MRI Machines Can Scan People of All Sizes

Magnet Patient Knee Scan 2For some large athletes or heavy individuals, it may be impossible to fit into a closed unit. Open MRI machines have made it possible for doctors to scan people of all weights and sizes.

Non-Claustrophobic MRI Machines for Children

Children are more likely to remain calm and hold still during a scan using an open MRI machine. A full scan can take up to 30 minutes, which is a long time for a child to lay still in any situation. The claustrophobia that many children feel in a closed MRI unit can lead to a lot of movement. With an open unit, a parent or guardian can wait right alongside the child to provide comfort and reassurance. In this way, sedation can be avoided reducing both the risk and cost of image scanning.

Open MRI Units Produce Little Noise

System - Knee-Foot Top ViewLarge, closed MRI machine are often loud. This can create an uncomfortable and annoying experience for many. For children, the noise can make the experience that much more frightening. Open MRI units make a fraction of the noise made by traditional machines.

Finding a Clinic that Offers Open MRI Scanners

When searching for a facility that offers open MRI scanning techniques, it is important to be choosy. Make sure that the facility uses an open MRI unit that is less than five years old. Such machines have advanced tremendously in recent years and you’ll want to take advantage of the latest technology. They should have a certified MR technologist to perform the scan and a board certified radiologist to read the scan properly.

You will find all of these qualifications met at Midtown Sports Imaging, Inc. We have a brand new Esaote Open Extremity MRI system. Our new MRI was installed May, 2011 and is the most advanced, brand new, latest technology in MRI scanners. Our technicians are MRI trained and certified. Our Radiologist specializes in Extremity Musculoskeletal Imaging and is one of best in this specialty in the country. He is dual board certified.

Modern Open MRI Machines Use Superior Technology

Oscan Ankle Xbone T1At Midtown Sports Imaging, Inc., we use the most up-to-date MRI technology. We specialize in extremity MRIs of the arm, elbow, wrist, hand, knee, leg, ankle and foot. Going into a full body machine for this imaging is not necessary. Our radiologists use non-claustrophobic MRI for extremities.

oscan_Wrist_XBone_CoronalOur new extremity open MRI machine allows the coils to be closer to the body part being imaged. This allows superior image quality over full body machines. Add to that the most advanced sophisticated imaging software available and you can see why our images are superior to our competition. This provides the most precise way to make diagnoses.

Most scans take 30 minutes. Appointment are often available same day (as long as insurance precertifications are done). We take virtually all insurances (with the exception of Medicaid). If you are in need of the most accurate scan that produces superior images, make an appointment with our office today.

6 Responses to Non-Claustrophobic MRI
  1. r oliver
    August 25, 2011 | 7:05 am

    Does the open scanners only do joints. I think I may need my middle section scanning. Do you have a machine for this where I wouldn’t be enclosed as I am extremely claustrophobic.

    • admin
      August 26, 2011 | 6:42 pm

      Hi, I’m sorry but our scanner only does extremities. There are other practices that have open MRI’s for the entire body and stand-up MRIs.

  2. Giorgio Di Pietro
    March 9, 2012 | 8:41 am

    Can you scan the shoulder with those machine? Thank you

  3. C Clark
    July 24, 2012 | 8:58 pm

    Do your office do shoulder for rotator cuff

  4. Donna Tarsia
    October 6, 2013 | 4:46 pm

    Can your machine do an image of a rotor cuff?

  5. Ivette
    July 1, 2014 | 10:30 pm

    Do you take workers compensation cases ? I’m very claustrophobic .

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