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Wide-bore MRI

Captures clear, detailed images without sacrificing patient comfort.

Wide-bore MRI scanners offer patients high-quality MRI scans to guide diagnosis and a more comfortable patient experience.

With wide-bore MRI, the inner part of the scanner where the patient lies is wider and flared, providing extra space for added comfort.  The wider bore accommodates larger patients and also may help to relieve feelings of anxiety among those who experience claustrophobia.

For the majority of exams, including lumbar spine scans, your feet go in first and your head remains outside the slim scanner, which is approximately 3 feet deep from end to end. Comfort remains the priority when head-first exams are necessary. The wide bore MRI offers generous headroom with approximately 12 inches of space above your nose—that’s compared to 5-7 inches of extra space in an open-sided scanner. There’s also more elbowroom—the spacious 27.5 inch diameter of the scanner is especially designed for a more comfortable shoulder, chest or upper abdomen scan. 


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If you have questions about an upcoming MRI exam with us, please call the center where your exam is scheduled. For more industry information on MRI, visit