About Our MRI
1.5T SIEMENS ESPREE OPEN BORE MRI
Many patients who experience excessive pain, limited mobility or feel anxious have had difficulty undergoing MRI exams. However, with the exciting new technology of the Siemens Espree 1.5T Wide Open MRI, MRI Centers of MI is now able to accommodate an unprecedented number of claustrophobic and elderly patients than ever before.
The Espree combines 1.5 Tesla (T) strength and sensitivity with a 70-cm open bore and Tim™ (Total imaging matrix) technology, which allows MRI Centers of MI provide high-field imaging to many patients who previously could not benefit from the technology.
Additionally, the Espree 1.5T allows flexible coil combinations making patient and coil repositioning virtually unnecessary. You can now be positioned just once for multiple studies, which is a big benefit for claustrophobic, frail, and elderly patients.
The Espree 1.5T Wide Open MRI will allow us to offer patients more comfort without sacrificing image quality. MRI Centers of MI offers MORE. More open, More power, More speed, More efficiency, More accuracy, and More comfort.
Frequently asked questions
What is MRI?
MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. (If your doctor has sent you for an MRA [Magnetic Resonance Angiography], this is also a kind of MRI looking specifically at blood vessels.) MRI is an advanced technology that lets your doctor see internal organs, blood vessels, muscles, joints, tumors, areas of infection, and more – with unexcelled clarity without the use of x-rays, surgery, or pain. MRI is very safe; in fact, it makes use of natural forces and has no known harmful effects. It's important to know that MRI will not expose you to any harmful radiation.
How does the MRI machine work?
The MRI machine creates a magnetic field, sends radio waves through your body, and then measures the response with a computer. This creates an image or picture of the inside of your body that is much clearer than can be obtained with most other methods.
Why an MRI?
MRI can provide very early detection of many conditions, so treatment can be more effective, accurate and rapid. The excellent quality of MRI images can also provide the best possible information if surgery is required. If there is an abnormality, MRI can show exactly where it is, its size and what tissues are involved.
How should I get ready for the exam?
In most cases, you can just stick with your normal, everyday routine - no special preparation is needed. You can eat and drink your usual diet, work, or play sports (unless you have an injury!) - and take any prescription medications you need. However, there may be some circumstances in which you'll be given specific instructions to follow before the exam. These will be given to you by your doctor, or by the MRI booking clerk at the time the MRI is arranged.
Are there any restrictions with the exam?
What's the exam actually like?
How long does the scan take?
The exam can last from 30 minutes to about an hour.
What happens if I can’t lay still or want to get off the table?
You will be able to communicate with the technologist with a call-bell and over an intercom throughout the exam. It is very important that you hold still during the entire time a set of pictures is being taken so the images turn out clearly. We take every measure to ensure that you are comfortable throughout the exam. Very occasionally, patients may feel claustrophobic in the MRI scanner. Some of these people may require a light sedative during the examination which we will give to you in the form of a small tablet taken by mouth. In this case, you will not be able to operate your motor vehicle after the exam and will require a ride home.