Tri-Cities Open MRI
40W222 LaFox Rd, Suite H-1, St. Charles, IL 60175  
Tel:  (630) 444-0082  
Fax:  (630) 444-0083  
Hours:  M, T, TH, F: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm,  W 8:30 am - 6:00 pm  

What is MRI?

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is one of technology's most advanced diagnostic tools for doctors today. MRI allows physicians to detect and monitor many different problems including diseases, tumors, brain disorders, and joint and spine abnormalities.

The main component of the MRI system, or scanner, is a magnet. This magnet causes your body's hydrogen atoms to align themselves in such a way as to receive radio signals from the magnetic resonance system. When your body receives these signals, it reacts by sending its own radio signals back to the machine. It is this radio frequency transmitted by your body that is computer-processed and turned into incredibly detailed images.

MRI makes it possible for doctors to see detailed images of the internal structures of the body. MRI can lead to early detection and treatment of disease and, in many instances, eliminate the need for more risky procedures such as exploratory surgery or biopsy.


Why Doctors Recommend MRI

With incredible accuracy, MRI can detect many abnormalities which CT scanning and X-rays cannot, especially those involving soft tissue. In fact, MRI reduces the need for biopsies, exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures that carry associated risk.

MRI is also versatile, with the ability to image most parts of the body for effective clinical evaluation of:

Brain disorders
Traumatic injuries
Eye abnormalities
Spine diseases and injuries
Tumor detection
Liver and other abdominal diseases
Knee and shoulder injuries
Musculoskeletal disorders
Facial/neck abnormalities
Cardiac malformations
Blood flow and vessel disorders

Why Open MRI?

mri of brain & knee


Traditional vs. Open MRI

Although both an Open MRI and a traditional MRI work on the same principles, there are major differences in terms of comfort for the patient.

In the traditional MRI, patients are encased in a tunnel-like device throughout the course of the examination. Patients often complain of the close quarters and the rising anxiety levels associated with feelings of claustrophobia.

Tri-Cities Open MRI provides the patient a relaxing environment in which to have the procedure performed. The machine is designed to provide a great deal of open space around the patient, dramatically reducing anxiety levels. In fact, it is not unusual for patients to fall asleep while the procedure is being done.

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