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The open architecture of our MRI means that patients can be scanned in comfort, without concerns of anxiety or claustrophobia. Patients simply walk in, sit down and get scanned while watching a 42" TV. All parts of the body can be scanned.

The system is equipped with a unique MRI-compatible motorized patient handling system that will move the patient into the magnet and place the anatomy of interest into the center of the magnet gap. It also can rotate the vertically oriented patient into a horizontal position so the patient can be scanned lying down as in conventional MRI scanning. Traditional recumbent MRIs can be done in our MRI.

Because of its vertical-field orientation, our scanner has a distinct technological advantage-an inherent advantage based on physics-over its horizontal-field competitors. That's because a vertical-field scanner is capable of using a particular type of antenna, known as a solenoid surface coil, an antenna that a horizontal-field scanner cannot utilize. Together, the vertical-field magnet combined with the solenoid surface coil double the signal-gathering capability of a horizontal-field scanner of the same field strength.

The latest scanner at the Imaging Center at CDA Spine truly provides the best of both worlds; the high-field strength capable of eliciting maximum signal from the human body-but with none of the detrimental drawbacks associated with a measured high field.