When Kristy Tipton was struck with unrelenting knee pain, her doctor ordered an MRI. It was performed in a standard tube system.
“I was petrified. It was a cream color tube and they push you in from the bottom,” says Tipton.
When she needed another one a few days later. Tipton went to a different location- expecting the same experience.
“When I left this room to walk back, there I was dreading it. Absolutely dreading it,” says Tipton.
“They come in very hesitant, very scared, very apprehensive and sometimes they don’t even want to come in,” says Pete Kouba, MRI technologist with Lee Memorial Health System.
But this MRI is different. It’s the strongest high field open MRI in Southwest Florida. The high power offers high quality images within an open setting, making it a great option for people who are claustrophobic, obese, along with children and people with disabilities.
“So now we can accommodate and image people that have never been imaged before and get them on better treatment and better health,” says Kouba.
This open system goes a long way in relieving anxiety. Getting any type of diagnostic testing can be stressful, but this literally takes away one obstacle.
“Oh it was wonderful. I could look outside if I wanted to. I could watch TV if I wanted to because there’s a screen in there,” says Tipton.
Never before has image quality been as good within the open setting.
“We’re able to do stroke protocols, we’re able to do fine, thin cut 3D imaging which was never done before, so there are definitely advantages,” says Kouba.
The advantage to Tipton was the view.