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Aren’t all MRI machines built the same?

Absolutely not! MRI machines are not the same.

There are basically 3 types of MRI machines.

1.Closed MRI (old technology)
2.Open MRI (subsequent technology)
3.Hybrid MRI (Latest technology – Best of 1 and 2).

BayView Radiology has the Hybrid High Field MRI System

Closed MRI / High Field (old technology) – With a Closed MRI system the magnet strength and the quality of the MRI images were very high.

The problem with this type of system was that it was extremely uncomfortable for the patient. Patients felt like they were confined to a very tight and restricted space.
(High Quality + Low Comfort = Happy Doctor, Unhappy Patient)

Open MRI (subsequent technology) – With an Open MRI system the magnet strength and the quality of the MRI images are very poor compared to a closed system. However with the open architecture of this type of system, patients felt more comfortable.

Many times an Open MRI exam will have to be repeated on a higher quality system due to the low quality images from an Open MRI. Most all insurance companies will not pay for the second MRI.
(Low Quality + High Comfort = Unhappy Doctor, Initially Happy Patient)

Hybrid MRI (Latest technology) – With a Hybrid MRI system, the magnet strength and the quality of the MRI images are very high. The architecture of our Hybrid MRI system allows patients to feel very comfortable.

The diameter of the opening is the largest in the industry. It also has a short bore which means that the whole body does not need to be in the machine; just the area being scanned.

With this type of system you get the best of both worlds and at no additional cost to you!

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