We're proud to offer our patients the first and only open MRI magnet east of Albuquerque.

There are three types of MRI bores: closed, open, and wide. The term “bore” simply refers to the opening that the patient is placed in, and MRI types are determined by the size of the scanner’s bore.

The open MRI bore is completely different from a closed or a wide bore. Instead of the machine being like a tube that completely encircles the patient, it’s got two flat magnets above and below a large space where the patient lies. You’re not closed in, so if you’re claustrophobic or just enjoy having some extra space, then this is the MRI scan for you. 

We like to refer to machines with the open bore as “truly open MRI’s”, and we think they’re the best option when it comes to patient comfort. That’s why at Clovis Open MRI, we chose to offer our patients MRI procedures on a truly open MRI. 

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a method used by physicians to visualize internal organs of the human body and obtain diagnostic information. MRI utilizes the physical properties of magnetic fields, radio waves, and computers to generate images of the body in any plane. 

What to expect before your procedure.

The procedure is completely painless, and unlike with CT the images are produced without the use of ionizing radiation. MRI's require no special preparation, so you can eat and go about your normal routine the day of your procedure. 

Before you enter the scan room, you'll be asked to leave items that are not compatible with the magnetic field of the machine in a secure place outside the room. These items can include things like:

  • Keys
  • Hair pins
  • Hearing aids
  • Any other metal objects
  • Coins
  • Jewelry
  • Glasses
  • Watches
  • Credit card


Patients may also be asked to remove their makeup or dentures and wear a hospital gown for the duration of the procedure. This helps avoid potential magnetic interference from things like belt buckles and zippers.

In addition to removing all metal objects from yourself before the procedure, there are several other medically related objects that you may need to look out for as well. Check with your physician or MRI technologists if you have had brain, ear, eye, or other surgeries in the past, as well as if you have any of the following:

  • Surgical staples
  • Implanted drug infusion device
  • Foreign metal objects in the eye
  • Shrapnel or bullet wounds
  • Permanent eyeliner
  • Pacemaker
  • Neurostimulator (Tens-unit)
  • Metal implants
  • Intrauterine device (IUD)
  • Aneurysm clip

Please notify your physician if you are pregnant.