Spring 2016
Our Multi-Position, Open MRI
Offers A Better Diagnostic View And Greater Comfort For Patients

In 2010, Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates introduced the first and only multiposition, open MRI to the Charlotte region. This innovative MRI allows us to scan patients sitting, standing, bending, lying down or in other positions not previously possible with MRI imaging. For some patients, our multi-position, open MRI is also more accurate in diagnosing disorders and injuries of the brain and spine.

This technology continues to prove invaluable for detecting and diagnosing medical disorders and also offers a more comfortable experience for patients. Unlike traditional MRI, there is no tube and patients can actually sit and watch TV.

Our multi-position, open MRI offers an attractive alternative to hospital-based imaging services. The imaging center is located in our Charlotte office on Baldwin Avenue, where patients have ample parking without needing to navigate a large parking deck.

"Having this innovative imaging technology at our disposal is a key element to our identity as a comprehensive brain and spine center," said Hunter Dyer, MD, president of Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates. "From diagnosis to surgery, and physical therapy to rehabilitation, our practice offers complete spine services from start to finish."

Those Who Benefit From Our Multi-Position, Open MRI Include:

  • Claustrophobic patients
  • Larger patients
  • Patients unable to have a myelogram
  • Patients with a history of:
    • Lumbar isthmic spondylolisthesis
    • Lumbar degenerative disease
    • Cervical anteriolisthesis or retrolisthesis
    • Previous spine fusion
    • Unstable spinal fracture
    • Idiopathic scoliosis
    • Collapsing degenerative scoliosis
    • Neuromuscular disease
    • Spine/radicular pain increasing when standing, walking or sitting
    • Previous non-diagnostic supine MRI
    • Previous non-diagnostic supine CT
    • Severe facet disease

Standard MRI vs.Multi-Position, Open MRI
Because our multi-position, open MRI can image the spine with a patient in the position in which he or she is experiencing pain, it often detects problems that could be missed with a standard MRI. To the left is a recumbent (standard) MRI taken with the patient lying down, which shows normal alignment of the vertebrae. To the right, a multi-position, open MRI of the same patient revealed a dramatic spinal instability.

To learn more about our multi-position, open MRI, call 800-344-6716.

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