MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a unique, painless examination that enables your doctor to see detailed images of the inside of your body without radiation. Instead, a large magnet and radio waves are used to create the images. Images are shown as "slices" of the anatomy, and they are able to demonstrate soft tissues (fat, muscles, tendons, ligaments) extremely well. An MRA is a special scan that lets your doctor view the blood vessels of the area of interest, and the pictures are obtained using the same principles as MRI.
Open MRI scanners feature large, open gantries that help allay feelings of claustrophobia or anxiety during a scan, and are able to comfortably accommodate most large patients. The Open design has been in use since the late 1980s. Recent advancements in hardware and software technology have enabled the Open MRI to acquire high-resolution imaging. South Valley Imaging features the very first high-resolution Elite Open MRI scanner installed in Northern California. Our technologists are experienced at working with claustrophobic patients, and are there to help ensure a comfortable, successful exam.