Open Bore MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) uses a combination of a large magnet, radio frequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body. An MRI is often used to examine the heart, brain, liver, pancreas, male and female reproductive organs, and other soft tissues. It can also be used to assess blood flow for detection of tumors and diagnose many forms of cancer, as well as to evaluate infections, or to assess injuries to bones and joints.
Scotland Memorial Hospital is one of the first hospitals in the Southeast to add an open-bore MRI, the latest in imaging technology. The Vantage Titan Open-Bore MRI (open-bore means the donut-shaped hole) offers the largest opening of any MRI system in its class, representing a new level of comfort and performance. It is also one of the quietest MRI machines on the market which makes the MRI exam a much more comfortable experience for the patient. Its wide opening means more room between a patient and the machine, reducing the claustrophobic feeling that closed-in quarters can create. The Vantage Titan Open-Bore provides physicians with superior images and results are available within minutes.
Dexa Scans, or bone density tests, use computer-generated images to measure the strength and density of your bones in various sites. These images can detect osteoporosis and predict chances of fracturing in the future. The test is often ordered by your physician as you approach menopause. When the test is repeated sometime later, our radiologists can help determine how quickly you are losing bone mass and density.
Where to Report
If you are scheduled for an MRI or Dexa Scan, you will report to the Hospital's Outpatient Registration area before proceeding to the Imaging Department. If arriving after 5:00 pm for an Imaging procedure, please report to the Emergency Center Registration Desk.
For more information, you may contact our Imaging Department at 910-291-7731.