Open Bore 3T MRI

Tri-City Radiology

Radiologists located in Kennewick, WA

Sometimes it’s necessary to get an MRI for the clearest possible images of the human body, but for many, the experience of an MRI can be extremely nerve-wracking. The team of board-certified diagnostic radiologists at Tri-City Radiology in Kennewick, Washington, offer 3-Tesla open bore MRIs for patient comfort and to minimize the anxiety of being in a small space. Our experienced team of diagnostic radiologists provide the latest equipment and the highest quality imaging services. Call to schedule your open bore MRI today.

Open Bore 3T MRI Q & A

What is an MRI?

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a method of producing clear images of the inside of your body without the use of X-rays. Instead, MRI uses a magnet, radio waves, and a computer to produce images. MRIs are a safe way to get the most accurate pictures of your body in order to diagnose or monitor health conditions.

A typical closed MRI machine is a large tube with a table that slides through the middle of it. You lie on the table and slide into the tube for the test to take place. A diagnostic test can last up to two hours, so for many people who are claustrophobic or obese, it can be a stressful experience.

What is an open bore MRI?

Tri-City Radiology offers a state-of-the-art open bore MRI with the highest resolution for the most accurate imaging in the lower Columbia Basin. With an open bore MRI, instead of sliding into a narrow tube, there is a very large bore (hole) that allows patients of all sizes to feel comfortable during MRI testing. The open bore MRI is helpful for those with claustrophobia as well.

How does an MRI work?

Using a powerful 3-Tesla magnet, an MRI can "visualize" your internal organs and areas of your body. You lie flat on a table, and the magnet and radio waves scan your body to produce images. An MRI is safer than X-rays because it doesn't use radiation.

For some tests, you get contrast dye injected into a vein in your arm. The dye makes some of the structures inside your body become even more visible to the MRI technology. As the magnetic field passes over your body, the computer takes a series of images to show “slices” of your body.

Why would I need an MRI?

An MRI helps your doctor diagnose a disease, assess an injury, or monitor how effective a treatment is. You can get an MRI to detect and evaluate:

  • Brain and spinal cord issues or injuries
  • Stroke
  • Cancer
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Blood vessels
  • Bone and joint damage or diseases
  • Breast and ovaries
  • Liver, kidney, and pancreas
  • Prostate

If your doctor recommends MRI testing and you have concerns about the equipment, our team of radiologists recommend the 3T Sky open bore MRI for the quickest, most accurate diagnostic report for your comfort level.

Call to schedule an appointment today.