A new upright MRI centre is due to open in Leeds this summer becoming the second such centre owned and operated by United Open MRI, in which MESL is a shareholder. It builds on the success of the London Upright MRI centre, the first clinical upright MRI centre which opened in 2008. MESL provided the managing director and raised the capital to complete the London Centre.
An open upright MRI has significant advantages to other MRI which traditionally has been done in a prone position. Patients can be imaged in several different positions, standing, sitting or bending allowing patients to adopt the precise weight bearing position in which they experience pain. As a result, it is more likely that the cause can be localised quickly and accurately without further examinations and unnecessary interventions.
This makes upright open MRI the ultimate tool for imaging of the spine. Back pain is very common and is a considerable burden on the individual and society. Some 40% of all MRI scans are for the spine with the NHS undertaking some 840,000 scans last year.
Being truly open, with no barriers between the patient and surrounding environment, the technology also offers a better patient experience to weight challenged patients and to claustrophobic patients.