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5 Reasons Why We’re Thankful For Open MRI

5 Reasons WhyWith the holiday season upon us, there are many things to be thankful for. Since Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we are reflecting on how thankful we are for our amazing staff and inspiring patients. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we are most thankful for Open MRI and how this technology is able to help us provide our patients with the best imaging experiences. Here are just a few reasons why we’re thankful for Open MRI.



Who knew MRI’s could be relaxing? Fortunately, Open MRI can help provide our patients with a relaxing MRI experience without feeling like you’re stuck in a noisy machine.


No more claustrophobia.

Many patients who suffer from claustrophobia find that Open MRI scanner can help ease their worries. With almost 13% of patients saying they suffered a panic attack in an MRI scanner, we are thankful that Open MRI can help eliminate claustrophobia.


Quality Images.

When it comes to providing our patients with quality imaging, Open MRI is the scanner for you. Our radiologists are thankful for the quality images that can assist with image interpretation.


Stress-free MRI scanner.

With there be so much stress during the holiday season, we want your MRI experience to be stress-free. With OASIS, you can enjoy the benefits of listening to music and a relaxing detour that will take you away from your everyday stresses.


High-quality OASIS technology.

We are most thankful for Hitachi’s OASIS High-Field MR System. As the first outpatient High-Field MRI in the state of Colorado, our MRI scanner provides the best quality imaging experience while minimizing scan anxiety. What’s not the be thankful for?


These are just a few things we are thankful for as an Open MRI center. We hope you enjoy all the things you are thankful for this month. If you’re interested in booking an appointment with our Open MRI scanner, feel free to contact us for assistance.


MRI vs CT: What’s The Difference?

Picture1Your doctor informs you that you need an MRI or CT scan.  We’re here to assure you that CT’s and MRI are both painless procedures with important uses. In addition, huge advances have been made so it’s much easier now to have these scans if you have a tendency to be claustrophobic. Let’s take a closer look at each scan to see which is best for you and your imaging needs.

What is an MRI?

MRI stands for “magnetic resonance imaging.” It’s a type of scan that can produce a detailed snapshot of parts of the body, including the brain. It’s an imaging technique—radiation isn’t used and there are no known side effects or risks linked with having an MRI scan, once the Radiographer has checked the patient over for metal.

An MRI scan is used to determine or identify the following:

  • Causes of pelvic pain in women
  • Status of brain conditions
  • Potential uterine abnormalities in women with infertility issues
  • Cysts, tumors other abnormalities in various parts of the body
  • Abnormalities of the joints
  • Injuries or back pain
  • Certain kinds of heart problems
  • Diseases of abdominal organs
  • Abnormalities of the spinal cord and the brain

While MRI’s are typically a longer procedure than a CT scan, your doctor may have requested that you have a CT scan over an MRI depending on your needs. Just like the MRI, it’s non-invasive and it’s accurate. For those reasons, it can reveal internal injuries and bleed quickly enough to help save lives.

A CT scan stands for  “computerized tomography”(CT) since it uses a computer that takes data from several X-ray images of structures inside your body. After converting them into pictures on a monitor, tomography generates a two-dimensional image of a section or slice through a three-dimensional object.

Unlike an X-ray machine that sends just one radiation beam, a CT scan emits a series of narrow beams through the body as it moves through an arc. The final image is a lot more detailed than an X-ray image because, inside the scanner, there’s an X-ray detector, which can see hundreds of different levels of density and tissues inside a solid organ. The data is transferred to a computer, which builds up a 3D cross-sectional picture of the part of the body and bam, it’s shown on the screen. Sometimes a contrast dye is used. The whole process usually lasts about 5 – 20 minutes.

Oncologists and Radiologists use the CT scan to:

  • Assist in planning for, and to assess, the results of surgery, such as organ

transplants or gastric bypass

  • Guide minimally invasive tumor treatments, biopsies, abscess drainages and

minimally invasive tumor treatments

  • Identifies injuries due to trauma to the heart, liver, kidneys, bowel, lungs and


  • Administer and plan radiation treatments for tumors and monitor reaction to


  • Measures bone mineral density for the detection of osteoporosis


While both procedures have the benefits, your area of concern will determine if CT or MRI is best for you. If your doctor recommends an MRI, Open MRI of Pueblo can provide you with the superior imaging quality and care tailored to your needs.


How To Be Prepared For Your MRI Scan



HOW TO BE PREPAREDWhether you suffer from claustrophobia or are undergoing an MRI for the first time, this diagnostic imaging scan can be intimidating. Whether its the noises or lengthy scan time, we understand that preparing for this exam can be overwhelming for our patients. No need to worry, we’ve got you covered with a list of helpful MRI prep tips.

1. Pre-Procedure

There is no special week of, the night before, or day of procedure for an MRI exam. You’ve made your appointment and we’ve confirmed your time with you. Just remember if you didn’t already pay out-of-pocket online, bring your insurance card with you. Also, try not to wear any jewelry or metal objects as we will ask you to take them off before you are escorted to the exam room. Most importantly, remember there is nothing to be worried about! At Open MRI of Pueblo, we take care of you.

2. Items to bring

As we said before, make sure to bring your insurance card if you didn’t already pay our incredibly low online prices. Bring a copy of identification with you, a playlist for music during the exam, and bring a friend or family member to comfort you during the exam.

3. Items not to bring

Try not to bring any metal, jewelry, or anything else that can disrupt the MRI scan. If you do bring these items it’s no problem we will put them in a safe place for you while you are in the exam room.

4. Day of procedure

Once you arrive at our office we will ask you to fill out some patient paperwork. Next, you will be instructed to change into a hospital gown and take off any metal on your body. Then, you will be told to lie down on the MRI machine and just relax. If you brought a playlist we will play it for you, if you brought a friend to comfort you, you will be allowed to talk to them. Just make sure you lie perfectly still, the MRI will take anywhere between 15 min to an hour to complete.

5. Post Procedure

After the MRI is complete you will be able to change out of your hospital gown and into your normal clothes. Then you will get any belongings back that weren’t allowed in the exam room. Then if you didn’t already make a payment you will be lead to our front desk to show your insurance card. After all of this, you are free to go! We encourage patients to treat themselves after having to stay still for such a prolonged period of time.

We hope these helpful tips will put your mind at ease. Fortunately, MRI’s are painless and non-invasive which means they’ll be over before you know it. If you need to book an MRI appointment, schedule one at our center today!


MRI’s Reveal Dogs Actually Have Emotions

MRI's (2)While there’s no denying your love for your furry friend, do our pets actually love us back? Neuroscientists have been able to get inside the minds of dogs and discovered that they may not be in it just for the treats. These researchers put our furry friends to the tests and discovered surprising results

Do pets actually have emotions?

Neuroscientist, Gregory Berns, had the idea of seeing what his pet was thinking. Berns trained his pup to stay still while inside an MRI scanner by creating an MRI stimulator in his home. By training various pups and teaching hand signals to signal when they’d get a treat, the study began looking closer into if animals actually have feelings.

The MRI Study

The study revealed striking similarities between dog and human brain structures. The functionality of a key region, the caudate nucleus, shows emotions like anticipation. In Berns’s study, this brain region reveals that ‘treat time’ is something important that they enjoy which is analogous to what humans experience.

So does this mean your dog loves you or just the food? Treats or food can be seen as motivation to love us, similarly to what motivates someone to like another person. Depending on the pup, MRI’s showed that dogs reacted best to praise, food, or a combination of both.

Other MRI studies have shown that dogs actually understand what we say. Dogs actually love us and can understand our commands? According to this MRI study, dogs’ brains reacted to positive comments and commands using the left hemisphere of their brain. This means that dogs in this study were positively rewarded by meaningful words like ‘well done’ and ‘good boy’.

MRI’s are not only our favorite imaging tool, but this medical test also can help track brain activity in our favorite pets. The next time you’re questioning your furry friend’s affection for you, read this article for reassurance that they really do love you and listen. While our center does not specialize in puppy MRI’s, we’d be happy to help you with your imaging needs.



6 Things To Day Dream About During Your MRI

Add heading (1)For veterans and firs-timers alike, MRI’s can be boring. Whether you suffer from claustrophobia or boredom, finding ways to pass the time while in a noisy MRI scanner is easier said than done. If you are looking for ways to keep your mind preoccupied during your scan, we’ve got you covered with a few things to day dream about.

  1. Think about a treat

Since there is no formal pre procedure rules for MRI’s we always encourage our patients to treat themselves after their appointment. Whether it’s going out to eat or taking a shopping break. Think of what you’ll treat yourself with after your appointment.

  1. Make a to-do list

Strapped on time? Make a grocery list, a to-do list, or a gift list in your head while you are getting an MRI. It’s multitasking at it’s finest.

  1. Picture yourself at your favorite concert

Since we let you bring your own music to your appointment, jam out like no other while getting your MRI. Visualize yourself on stage, or in the crowd, either way it shouldn’t bother the MRI technicians even if you sing a little!

  1. Think about how much money you’re saving

Since we use SaveOn medical to give you the best prices on MRI’s we are saving you hundreds of dollars. If that isn’t something to dream about I don’t know what is!

  1. Be at the beach

Because we use open MRI technology you’ll feel so much more comfort than you would if you were in a normal MRI machine. You’ll feel so comfortable that you might mistake our office for a tropical sand beach.

  1. Or take a nap

If all else fails, just lay back and take a nap! We see patients do it all the time and we get it. So just drift off to sleep and we’ll handle the rest.

We hope these tips will help you stay distracted during your MRI scan. Our team at Open MRI of Pueblo is dedicated to making your MRI experience a breeze, so feel free to reach out to us with how we can make you comfortable. Your MRI will be done before you know it!



The Evolution of MRI

The Evolution of mri1Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology has come a long way since the technology was first developed in the 1970’s. The MRI was originally designed as a way to view the insides of a body through the use of magnetic imaging. However, that is not the case now.

MRI Capabilities

Over the years, the uses for MRI have continued to evolve, and it’s now one of the most diverse procedures available. Fortunately, the MRI has been able to expand and now includes a variety of helpful diagnostic aids. MRI’s have evolved and are used to help diagnose a wide variety of medical conditions, including:

  • Abnormalities of the brain/spinal cord
  • Injuries and abnormalities of the joints
  • Liver and abdominal diseases
  • Uterine abnormalities
  • Heart problems
  • Tumors and cysts
  • Abnormalities of the brain and spinal cord

MRI & Breast Cancer Detection

One of the more interesting aspects of the MRI evolution has been its usefulness in breast cancer screening. In recent years, there have been several studies about the effectiveness of MRI scans in early detection of breast cancer, and many of them have found that MRI scans have been useful in detecting small malignancies that would otherwise be missed during a traditional mammogram.

Although MRI’s can sometimes be costly and aren’t recommended as a go-to procedure, they have been proven to play a crucial role in early detection for women who have an increased breast cancer risk.

MRI technology will continue to evolve and assist with the detection and of numerous diseases. This could lead to new cures and improved treatments for chronic illnesses. We look forward to learning how the MRI with further advances the field of medicine in the future. At Open MRI of Pueblo, we’re excited to be a part of a field that is able to provide these services to the public. If you are in need of an MRI you can request an appointment with us online today!



MRI Fears: Relieving MRI Claustrophobia


MRI Fears




Claustrophobia affects many people’s daily life. Those who suffer from this phobia can find MRI’s to be a nightmare. We understand claustrophobic patients can find it difficult to overcome their MRI anxieties, but we have offered a few ways that can put you at ease when undergoing an MRI.

1) Consider drug therapy. This is only appropriate for extreme circumstances where a patient believes that their claustrophobia will legitimately keep them from completing an MRI procedure. Drugs should be temporary, used only for the procedure, prescribed by a doctor and also approved by the facility doing the MRI.

2) Think about herbal remedies. There are a lot of natural herbal medicines that help ease the anxiety caused by claustrophobia. Two of the most effective herbs are passionflower and kava. These can be taken as tablets or capsules, or used in teas and tinctures as well.

3) Use various relaxation techniques. If you start to panic, breathe in through your nose for ten seconds and then exhale through your mouth for ten more seconds. Continue the pattern to help slow your heart rate. Try to think about happy or relaxing things while you’re in the MRI machine as well. Our centers also allow you to listen to music during your procedure, which is a great distraction for patients and can help keep them feeling calm and relaxed.

4) Have a friend in the room. If you’re feeling nervous, it always helps to have someone in the room with you. Our technologists are always available to sit with patients during their procedures, to hold their hands, or even just to keep up a conversation with them during the procedure.

5) Find an alternative machine. If you suffer from claustrophobia, it’s highly recommended that you have your MRI procedure at a facility that has open MRI machines. Rather than placing your head inside a small tube, open MRI machines provide much more space for patients. You can see the difference in the images below. The first one is a traditional closed MRI machine, the second is an open MRI machine.

Fortunately for you, we utilize Open MRI technology for all of our scans. Open MRI scanners offer a more comfortable MRI experience for patients who suffer from claustrophobia. If you have any concerns about your appointment, give us a call or let one of our technicians know so we can provide you with a comfortable experience.


5 Ways To Be More Awake In The Morning


5 ways to be moreYour alarm goes off, you hit snooze, you wake up thinking it’s 10 minutes later but it’s not. You woke up an hour late, and now your entire morning is off and you’re probably going to be late to work. This is common for most people, tons of people have slept through alarms or hit the snooze button one too many times. This is all because people are REALLY tired, we don’t get enough sleep. Here are some ways to feel more awake in the morning.

1. Wake up and move

Whether this means putting your alarm clock on the other side of the room or getting up and doing a workout. Waking up and then instantly moving is the best way to feel more awake in the early hours of the day. Try making a plan to go on a run or doing a workout class with a friend.

2. Don’t hit the snooze button 

This is one of the main culprits of making people go back to sleep in the morning. You hit the snooze button thinking you can get 10 more minutes and then you’re asleep for a few more hours. Make it a point to not hit the snooze button at all and to wake up immediately.

3. Take a cold shower 

We know that cold showers aren’t everyone’s first choice when it comes to showering. However, having a steaming hot shower can actually make your body feel more sleepy. Try and incorporate a cold shower in your morning once a week and you’ll be able to feel the difference in your body.

4. Create goals for the day

By setting some goals for your day you will be more prone to wake up in the morning to try and achieve them! Set goals the night before and put them right next to your bed so that they are one of the first things you see when you wake up.

5. Keep trying 

Train yourself to be more awake in the morning! Try and set your alarm 10 minutes earlier each week. This will train your body to get up and will help you sleep cycle.

Another way to get up in the morning? Scheduling an MRI appointment with Open MRI of Pueblo. This will give you the excitement to take on the day and get to your appointment on time. Make an appointment with us today!


Should My Child Get An MRI?


Should my childA parent’s number one concern is always their child’s well being. A common question we hear from parents when their child is getting an MRI is, “Is it safe?” As parents, it’s important to always ensure you’re never putting your child in harm’s way, especially if it is simply due to a lack of knowledge. We decided to break it down and explain anything you should know when your child is about to get an MRI.


Is it safe?

MRIS are not suitable for everyone, this includes children. For example, metal is a complete no-go when undergoing an MRI which leaves out anyone that has metal in their body. Radiologists have to ensure that the MRI will be safe for your child before they undergo the scan. According to UCHL, the parent will receive a safety questionnaire to ensure that the MRI is suitable for your child. Currently, there are no known risks of having an MRI if you meet the safety criteria unless you undergo numerous scans which increase radiation exposure.


Will my child need sedation?

Many times, children are uncomfortable with undergoing an MRI scan because it is hard to sit still for a long period of time. Many places will offer the option of sedation which helps children feel relaxed and stay still during the scan. It is usually recommended for children who can’t stay still to have an MRI under sedation in order to complete an effective scan since movement during the procedure will affect the image’s clarity.


Is sedation dangerous?

As with the MRI, you will be instructed to fill out a safety form which covers your child’s medical history. This helps the center eliminate any potential risks based off of their medical history. It is extremely rare for anyone to experience serious complications such as respiratory distress or hypertension due to sedation. Your doctor will make an informed decision before referring your child to ensure that there are no present risks.


It can be scary for your child to have to go to the doctor, especially when undergoing an MRI. We’re here to answer any of your questions to soothe any concerns you may have. We understand that you may want to know any potential risks, alternatives, etc., before allowing your child to receive medical attention. Contact us if you have any further questions, we would love to help!



Debunking scary radiation myths!


Debunking scaryRadiation. Just the word can make people fearful. Over the years radiation has cast a spotlight in medicine forcing patients to be scared of any type of medical procedure with radiation. The effects of radiation have become more daunting over the years ranging from an increase of thyroid cancer, killing mass amount of plants, causing physical deformities, and much more. However, these are the most extreme cases of an exponential amount of radiation exposure.

There are many myths that need to be cleared up concerning radiation, especially because it is a part of your daily life and you may not realize it. Yes, radiation is incredibly harmful at extreme doses, but it is not this huge monster that everyone assumes it to be. All of us at Open MRI of Pueblo decided to debunk some common radiation myths to help clear the air about radiation.


Myth #1: Radiation is always unsafe.

This simply can’t be true considering that radiation is in the air we breathe and the food that we eat. There is naturally occurring radiation and even man made radiation that we are exposed to on a daily basis that goes completely unnoticed because it isn’t harmful. According to Radiation Answers, the average annual dose of radiation exposure per person is 622 mrem which includes the radiation from the air, food, soil, cosmic radiation, and human-made sources. In fact, did you know that flying on an airplane exposes you to anywhere from 2-10 mrem? The yearly average is a completely safe amount and doesn’t cause harm to the human body.


Myth #2: Power plants are dangerous and emit too much radiation.

Due to the extreme effects of nuclear power plant exposure, the media coverage garners a ton of attention and people assume they’re highly dangerous. However, these plants are under strict monitoring and control at all times. In fact, the radiation emission AND fallout from past atomic bomb detonations account for less than one percent of the exposure we receive.


Myth #3: Radiation from power plant leaks is responsible for causing cancer and other health issues.

While many reports have claimed that these radiation disasters have actually increased thyroid cancer in those surrounding the plant, it just isn’t true. However, may people haven’t heard the counter studies because the hype ended with ‘power plant exposure causes cancer’. The United Nations Scientific Committee of the Effects of Atomic Radiation and numerous other health departments investigated the effects of the infamous Three Mile Island incident and discovered that there is no evidence to suggest that there were harmful effects on the environment or the people involved. It sounds hard to believe, but it’s true!


Myth 4: MRIs are bad because you’re exposed to radiation.

Surprisingly, a common misconception is that MRIs use radiation and a patient will be exposed during the scan. This is not true. In fact, there is zero radiation exposure and it is easily confused with CT scans and X-rays which do expose radiation to patients. Many people mistakenly group these medical imaging scans together and assume radiation is a part of each scan. At Open MRI of Pueblo, any concern or worry you have about radiation and fly out of the window because you’ll be radiation free during your MRI.


Radiation doesn’t have to be super scary especially when it comes to your MRI. Now that you know these radiation myths don’t believe them! If you need an MRI schedule your appointment with us at Open MRI of Pueblo today!