Open MRIs are used to diagnose a range of conditions including sports injuries, heart conditions, some cancers and conditions affecting other organs in the chest and abdomen. They are also used to diagnose conditions affecting the brain and spine, according to Stony Brook Medicine.
Open MRIs give doctors detailed images of the inside of the human body, primarily looking at soft tissue. This is why they are used to diagnose so many different conditions. MRI stands for magnetic resonance imaging and provides doctors with an alternative to surgery, X-rays or inserting dye into patients. They also provide an alternative to the tunnel type MRIs so the test is more patient friendly.
Some of the main conditions that open MRIs are used for, as stated by Health Diagnostics, include sports injuries, spinal injuries and joint problems. In particular, MRIs can diagnose problems in the knee, shoulder, hip, elbow and wrist, plus other areas of the body that can suffer from ligament and tendon tears.
An open MRI also checks for issues with the organs of the chest and abdomen. This includes conditions like artery problems and heart disease, as well as problems with other chest organs including the lungs. It can also diagnose issues with the kidneys, spleen and pancreas.
In addition, breast cancer, multiple sclerosis, conditions of the brain (including infections and tumors), bone tumors and cysts can all be detected through this process.