An open MRI is used to capture pictures of a patient’s body structure through the use of magnetism, radio waves, and a computer. A patient is placed on a moveable bed that is inserted into a large magnet. Doctors have always used these photographs to diagnose any abnormalities in patients. Today, MRIs are not only being used to diagnose, but they are also being treated as an important assistant for non-invasive medical procedures.
Because Visualase, an MRI-guided laser ablation, is less invasive, a patient is able to quickly recover. Epilepsy patient, Jennifer Casto, recently underwent a treatment that required the use of an MRI. With MRI images present, doctors were able to drill a tiny hole in Casto’s head in order to place a catheter inside.
Casto is a woman who experienced seizures at least eight times a week. Quickly after this non-invasive procedure, Casto no longer experienced as many seizures as she used to experience. After a few more months, Casto had a full recovery that encouraged her doctor to allow her to start driving and working out again. Though MRI treatments might be a longer procedure than open-brain surgeries, it provides a much better outcome.
Treatments like the one mentioned are helping patients recover faster which allows them to proceed with their daily lives. MRIs are also being used as a replacement for other invasive surgical techniques, such as laparoscopic gallbladder removal. As of 2016, more than 5,000 non-invasive procedures performed used the assistance of an MRI.
If you are interested in an MRI procedure, Open MRI Burbank can provide these services. At Open MRI Burbank, MRIs are used to diagnose any injuries in the lower and upper joints, locate cancer and tumors, find abnormalities in the head or chest and more.