I have narrowed the choices down to a 1.5 Tesla High Field closed MRI or a 1.2 Tesla High Field open MRI.
I had a shoulder MRI in 2008, and I think the magnet was a lot weaker then, so 1.2 Tesla sounds pretty good to me, as does not being enclosed. OTOH, if there's really going to be a significant improvement by going with the 1.5 Tesla machine, I can force myself to tolerate it. But if 1.2 Tesla is enough, I'd rather do that.
Does anyone have a knowledgeable recommendation for this?
Thanks in advance.
I'd go for the more powerful unit if more accurate results would help your medical situation.
I do want to send good thoughts about your poor shoulder. When do you think you're going to go in for the MRI?
However, the first time they put me in that thing, I panicked. They had to pull me out, calm me down, cover my eyes, and put music on.
The second time I had one done, I did not panic at all, probably because I knew what to expect.
It is really close quarters though.
Mine is a partial tear, accompanied by a lot of inflammation. I was told it wasn't a surgical option because it wasn't a complete tear. And that many of us, of a certain age, may have these tears with no pain. Steroid injections are given if the PT doesn't work. Those are given on a !limited basis.