Open MRI

What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is an imaging modality used by physicians to obtain clinically useful diagnostic information. MRI produces images of the body without the use of radiation found in x-rays and CT scanning. MRI uses a computer and the physical properties of magnetic fields and radio waves to generate images of tissue within the body. It can help provide a quick and accurate diagnosis, which in some situations may reduce the need for exploratory surgery or other diagnostic procedures.

MRI scans typically take 45 minutes or less, are non-invasive, painless and have no known side or after effects. You feel nothing. The only sound you hear is a faint knocking which is the imaging process in operation.

How is Open MRI different from traditional MRI?

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Whereas traditional MRI utilizes a closed tube design, Open MRI is completely open on both sides as well as the front and back. This provides greater patient comfort during the test and allows for constant and direct visualization of the patient by our staff during the procedure. The open design is particularly more appealing to larger patients, pediatric or elderly patients and those with claustrophobia.

How do I prepare for an MRI?

No special preparation is required. You may eat normally and go about your daily routine. Continue to take any medication prescribed by your doctor unless otherwise directed. Because of the magnetic field, you will be asked to leave the following items in a safe place outside of the scan room:

  • Coins
  • Watches
  • Jewelry
  • Glasses
  • Credit Cards
  • Hearing Aides
  • Keys
  • Hair Pins
  • Other metal objects

mri 2You may also be asked to wear a patient gown to avoid magnetic interference from belt buckles and zippers. Please notify your physician and our technologist if you are pregnant.

Because of the potential harmful effects associated with some metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with our MRI technologist or physician if you have ever had any brain, ear or eye surgeries, or any of the following:

  • Pacemaker
  • Nerve stimulator
  • Metal implants
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Aneurysm clips
  • Surgical staples
  • Implanted drug infusion device
  • Foreign metal objects in the eye
  • Shrapnel or bullet wounds
  • Permanent eyeliner

mri 3Once you are situated on the table, make sure that you are comfortable so that it is easy for you to lie still. Breathe normally. There is nothing about the procedure that will cause discomfort.

A technologist will be able to see you at all times. An intercom system is built into the system so that if you need anything, the technologist is right there for you. Music may be provided to assist with your comfort during the scan.

The average scan takes 30-45 minutes during which several dozen images are produced. Once the exam is over, the technologist will assist you out of the scan room. The results of your examination will be studied by a radiologist who will then provide your physician with the results.

Where is the Tallgrass Open MRI located?

Tallgrass MRI is located on the first floor Suite #120 at the Main Topeka office location. Upon entering the main lobby, you will turn to your left and follow the directional signs to the entrance. Tallgrass MRI – (785) 271-2250.

Tallgrass Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
6001 SW Sixth Avenue, Suite 200  •  Topeka, Kansas 66615  •  785-233-7491  •  800-794-5242  •  Fax 785-233-3187
6730 SW Mission View Drive  •  Topeka, Kansas 66614  •  785-228-9999  •  800-794-5242