Open MRI

Open MRIHampton Roads Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine was the first in Virginia to offer upright MR imaging to patients throughout the Hampton Roads and surrounding areas.

With this technology, we have been able to offer area physicians the ability to see a patient's pathology when the patient is experiencing pain in standing, sitting, in flexion and extension, and rotation and lateral bending. The design of the traditional MRI scanner cannot detect pathology that is only visible when the patient is scanned in the upright position. In addition, the quality of the images will allow physicians to provide a more accurate diagnosis in a more rapid manner, ultimately achieving a quicker recovery time for the patient.

With the use of multi-positional imaging, patients will have a more comfortable experience while undergoing an MRI scan. In addition, the multi-positional MRI is an excellent choice for those who experience a claustrophobic feeling with traditional scanners, as there is nothing in front of the patient's face. With upright imaging, the patient may watch a 42" flat-screen TV during the scan. The multi-positional MRI also allows children an unprecedented degree of comfort while undergoing a scan. With the conventional MRI, children sometimes have to be anesthetized in order to be scanned. With upright imaging, infants and children can sit comfortably on their mother's lap during the entire scan, sleeping peacefully or watching cartoons.

Appointment Information

Our MRI facility offers evening and weekend appointments to better serve you.  Our hours of operation are as follows:

Monday through Friday : 8:00am-8:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am-4:00pm
Sunday: 9:00am-5:00pm

Please note that our office does charge a $75 fee for missed appointments or cancelled appointments with less than 24 hours notice. Click here for a list of the most frequent insurances accepted by our facility.  Please note we also accept patients without insurance.  For more information on this, please contact an MRI Representative.

How to Prepare for your MRI Scan

Prior to your scan:

Due to the magnetic field it may not be possible or safe to have an MRI scan.  Please contact our office prior to your scan if you have any of the following:

  • Cardiac Pacemaker or Cardiac Defibrillator
  • Surgical Clips (particularly brain aneurysm clips)
  • Artificial heart valves
  • Metal fragments in you eyes (x-ray of orbital’s will need to be done before)
  • Metal Shrapnel, imbedded bullets or BB Pellets
  • Electronic stimulators
  • Implanted Pumps

Our office is able to safely scan patients with:

  • Dental fillings and bridges
  • Hip and knee replacements
  • Tubal ligation
  • Breast biopsy clips
  • Orthopedic rods & screws ( these can oftentimes be scanned safely)

On the day of your scan:

  • You can eat or drink as normal. 
  • Do not wear anything metallic.  Before the scan you will be asked to remove your jewelry, watch, keys, coins, credit cards and phone. Items often overlooked include hairpins, barrettes, belly button rings, toe rings and other piercings that will need to be removed. Our office is equipped with lockers for your convenience.
  • Most MRI scans take between 25-60 minutes depending on your scan. Please make sure that you take all medications that were prescribed by your doctor before your visit.
  • Please arrive to the office 15 minutes early to complete our registration process.  You may also download our printable forms that can be completed prior to your arrival
  • MR Images are very sensitive to movement.  By keeping very still during the scan you can improve the quality of the images obtained and decrease the time of your exam.
  • For any additional questions, please contact an MRI Representative at (757) 926-4351 or click here to contact an MRI Representative via email.