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A Wider MRI

The High-field, Wide MRI at CDI gives patients more space inside the scanner. This is a huge benefit to patients worried about a tight or claustrophobic imaging exam, as the wider bore (the space you lay within the scanner) is about the size of a standard hula hoop. It gives you a full foot of breathing room between the tip of your nose and the scanner. Find a CDI location near you that offers MRI services.


The extra-large scanner opening is flared to give patients a wide-open view. No matter the age or size of a patient—even patients with mobility problems—there is comfort in the design of the scanner. A parent can hold a child’s hand throughout the exam, and the scanner table lowers to 18 inches from the ground to ensure an easy start and finish to the exam.

For the majority of exams, including lumbar spine scans, your feet go in first and your head remains outside the scanner, which is approximately three feet deep. If you are 5-feet 2-inches or taller, more than 60% of exams can be performed with your head out of the scanner.

When a head-first exam is necessary, comfort remains the priority. You will have an open view and generous headroom with at least 12 inches of space above your nose—that’s compared to 5-7 inches of space in a traditional Open MRI. There’s also more elbowroom as the scanner is especially designed for a more comfortable shoulder, chest or upper abdomen scan.

We can’t diagnose what we can’t see. As a high-field scanner, our Wide MRI has a powerful magnet that guarantees clear and detailed images with shorter exams when compared to a traditional, low-field MRI—so you can be confident of an accurate diagnosis and comfort throughout the exam.