A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan is performed inside of a large, open-ended cylindrical magnet that has a patient table in the center. MRI uses a strong magnetic field and radio waves to make images of the body. Because of this strong magnetic field, it is important to let the technologist know of any metal on or in your body.
All MRI exams are interpreted by a board-certified radiologist with subspecialty training in MRI. Magnetic resonance imaging is commonly used to examine the brain, spine, joints, abdomen, heart and blood vessels.
Rhode Island Hospital’s Andrew F. Anderson Emergency Center is the only emergency department in New England to feature an MRI system located within the department. Our state-of-the-art MRI unit is capable of performing a wide range of functions with the goal of faster, more informed treatment decisions as well as patient safety.
Lifespan’s Open MRI
With our commitment to creating a healthier future for our patients, Rhode Island, and our surrounding region, we have added our first open MRI, the Oasis 1.2T, to our diagnostic and interventional imaging procedures. The strongest high-field open MRI scanner, it offers the patient comfort with its unique open gantry for a spacious feeling, an unobstructed view and access from all sides, and soothing ambient lighting.
Oasis 1.2T Open MRI
The Oasis 1.2T is an open MRI, which provides patients with extra space, reduced noise levels, and quick scans.
Patient Comfort and Diagnostic Excellence
A more comfortable patient is a confident patient, enhancing the exam process that can be accelerated by the features of this innovative equipment. The open MRI delivers high performance, while radiologists and technologists communicate easily with the patient, providing diagnostic excellence, and compassionate care. Open MRI is effective for a variety of procedures, including orthopedic imaging, neurological imaging, vascular imaging, abdomen and pelvis imaging, and face and neck imaging.
Serving Newport and Beyond
When it was installed in 2022, Lifespan’s open MRI, located at the Portsmouth Imaging Center, became the only such service available to the Newport County area.