Upright MRI of Deerfield is recognized to be the world leader in regard to open MRI technology. The open MRI innovation enables patients to have a stress-free scan. A significant number of patients often suffer claustrophobic or other stress / anxiety related experiences at the thought of being placed within a conventional MRI scanner. The open MRI technology can now provide patients that suffer from these anxieties to receive an accurate stress-free diagnosis from this state-of-the-art technology.
Upright MRI of Deerfield have recently carried out a significant upgrade to their Upright MRI scanner. The scanner upgrade has transformed what was a hi tec scanner into a state-of-the-art piece of medical technology. The upgrade included extensive coding to the software as well as the installation of new powerful magnets.
Company CEO, Dr. Michael Fox said that the upgrade of the scanner provides the center with an extremely powerful diagnostics tool that will be able to see and diagnose cranio-cervical joint instability (CCJ) and Chiari Malformations (CM).
The head is held onto the neck with strong ligaments. When these ligaments are injured or damaged or just loose due to congenital problems (like Ehler-Danlos Syndrome which can cause stretchy ligaments), the head can become unstable on the upper neck. This is called CCJ instability.
A Chiari malformation is a problem in which a part of the brain (the cerebellum) at the back of the skull bulges through a normal opening in the skull where it joins the spinal canal. This puts pressure on parts of the brain and spinal cord and can cause mild to severe symptoms.
Dr. Fox said, “these two conditions which affect the upper neck are only able to be seen using our upright weight bearing positional MRI. Until now these conditions were not able to be seen on recumbent or lay down MRI’s. These conditions affect thousands of patients per year and until now physicians would have to guess as to the cause of neck pain. Again, these two things are only able to be visualized on an upright MRI scanner”.
The Upright MRI Scanner was first developed around 1996. Most MRI scanners require the patient to lay horizontally. With an upright MRI scanner, the patient is upright, meaning they can sit within the scan walls where the chair raises or lowers the body of the patient into the appropriate position for the scan.
What is an MRI Scan? Firstly, an MRI scan stands for magnetic resonance imaging. It is a powerful advanced piece of medical equipment and technology that forms images of a patient’s anatomy as well as identifying the physiological processes being carried out within the body. It is used to identify and help assist diagnosis of problems within a patient’s body.
Dr. Fox went on to say, “We have new protocols in place in order to find these painful conditions which would otherwise leave the patient and physician perplexed”.
The centers referring physicians are said to be thrilled to have this new tool to help better treat these conditions and the patients can now reap the benefits of having an accurate diagnosis and so enable successful treatment for these conditions.
If you would like to find out more information regarding the company and or the technology they use at the center, please visit their website: https://www.uprightmrideerfield.com/ or contact them on 847-291-9321
Upright MRI of Deerfield
457 Lake Cook Road (Deerfield Park Plaza)