Many larger patients or those who experience feelings of claustrophobia with traditional MRI units believe that an “open” MRI is their only alternative. However, “open” MRI systems are really only open on the sides—so the magnet is still very close to the body—and they are usually “low-field” MRIs, which means the scans take longer and image quality may not be as clear.
Our wide short bore, high-field MRIs give patients the best of both worlds. They have a much larger opening and shorter length (for many tests, your feet and head remain outside the machine), so patients are much more comfortable and experience less anxiety and claustrophobia. And, because they are “high-field” units, they still provide doctors with the crisp, clear images they need to make an accurate diagnosis.
Our wide open bore MRI units are located at both the hospital (28 Crescent St., Middletown) and the Marlborough Medical Center ( 12 Jones Hollow Rd, Marlborough).