The Upright MRI scans patients standing, sitting, and in recumbent positions. For the first time, patients can be scanned in weight-bearing postures and in their position symptoms.
Stat Reads Available
or Lying Down
Down Due To Respiratory
Or Cardiac Problems
The revolutionary design of Upright Imaging allows patients to simply walk in and be scanned. The MRI allows all parts of the body, particulary the spine and joints, to be imaged in the weight bearing state. The system is equipped with our unique MRI-compatible motorized patient handling system that will move the patient into the magnet and place the anatomy of interest into the center of the magnet gap. It also can rotate the vertically-oriented patient into a horizontal position so the patient can be scanned lying down as in conventional MRI scanning.
These are lumbar spine images of a patient who had undergone back surgery but was continuing to experience pain. The image on the left was acquired with the patient lying down. It shows a normal alignment of the vertebrae. However, when the patient was scanned in an upright position (right image), a dramatic spinal instability was clearly revealed. This problem was visible only when the patient was scanned upright and would have gone undiagnosed on a conventional, lie-down MRI scanner.
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A 57-year old woman presented with pain of one year's duration following failed back surgery performed in 2001. The patient continued to experience persistent low back-pain, accompanied by sensations of coldness and numbness in both thighs and legs. Read Full Story , More Case Studies