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High-field, Open-bore MRI

The High-field, open-bore MRI at Whitney Imaging Center offers patients more space inside the scanner. This is a huge benefit to patients worried about a tight or claustrophobic imaging exam, as the open 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 wall. To schedule a High-field, open-bore MRI at Whitney Imaging Center, call us.

Comfortable MRI design

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.

Feet first and head out

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.

More headroom and elbowroom

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.

Clear images for accurate diagnoses

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 in shorter exams when compared to a traditional, low-field MRI—so you can be confident of an accurate diagnosis and comfort throughout the exam.


Looking for a more comfortable MRI experience without scarifying the quality of the images needed to determine your care? Schedule an appointment at Whitney Imaging Center or call us with questions.

  • Let us know if you are pregnant.
  • Discuss any special dietary or prescription medication needs with us in advance. 
  • Wear metal-free clothing, and remove any metallic objects, such as jewelry, watches and hair clips. You will need to change into a gown for your MRI exams.
  • Bring previous films, CDs, imaging reports of the body part you are having scanned (MRI, CT, X-ray), your insurance card and driver's license. 
  • Arrive 30 minutes before your MRI. 
  • During your exam, you will lie on a cushioned table. 
  • For many exams, an imaging device called a "coil" will be placed around the area of the body to be scanned.
  • Once you are comfortable, the table will move into the magnet opening. As images are acquired, you will hear "knocking" or "buzzing" sounds for a few minutes at a time. 
  • You will be given headphones to help block out the noise. 
  • You will be asked to lie as still as possible during the exam. 
  • In some cases, you will need contrast material to further aid in detection or diagnosis of potential abnormalities. In this instance, an IV will be placed in your hand or arm. 
  • The images are read by one of our radiologists, a medical doctor who specializes in the specific area of the body you had examined. 
  • Next, the radiologist prepares a diagnostic report to share with your provider. 
  • Your provider will review this information and talk with you about the results. 
  • Call your provider's office if you have questions on next steps or need a follow-up appointment.