Upright Open MRI Scanner, MRI Back, KNEE, West Midlands, Birmingham


If you wish to have your MRI investigations without being uncomfortable due to the lack of room, an open MRI scanner would be an excellent option for you. It is suitable for everyone but particularly suitable for the following groups.

Claustrophobia : The Open scanner suits patients who suffer from anxiety and claustrophobia as the Open scanner allows patients to lie flat or indeed stand while the scan is being performed as opposed to having to stay still in an enclosed tunnel.


Preparation for an MRI scan is not labour intensive at all. You do not need to fast or take medications before the scan. We advise you to read the paperwork you have received from us in preparation. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scan time as we will need you to fill-up a questionnaire which assesses your suitability for the scan. Please let us know if you have any loose metal objects inside your body including a pacemaker, pacing wires, etc. You will need to change into our provided gown to make sure that you do not carry any metallic objects with you in the scanning room. Finally, and for your safety, the radiographer on the day may decline to perform the scan if she felt that the procedure was unsafe for clinical reasons.

This is a simple procedure to understand the scanning process and understand what investigation you are having done.

There are very few risks involved with an MRI scan which makes this test very adequate and patient friendly investigation. Our open scanner rules out the issue about claustrophobia and anxiety which is a problem for some patients.

You will have a briefing given by the experienced radiographers before the scan. You will be lying back (or standing, if your consultant has recommended) while the scan is carried out. The procedure usually takes between 30-50 minutes based upon the complexity of the scan and the area of the body to be examined. Once the scan is complete, a CD will be passed over to you which will remain your property. Your referring practitioner will receive a Consultant Radiologists report in due course.

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Dr Steven L J James

Dr Steven James is a specialist consultant musculoskeletal radiologist whose NHS base is the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, Birmingham.
Dr Steven L J James

Anish Patel

Claustrophobia is quite a common problem. It can affect up to 30% of patients undergoing MRI scanning. Unfortunately,
Anish Patel

Sue Lee

An MRI scan takes about 45 minutes on this scanner because it’s a 0.25 Tesla scanner, so it takes a little bit longer to actually scan.
Sue Lee

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Bromsgrove Open i MR Imaging Centre,
27 New Road, Bromsgrove, B60 2JL