Upright MRI: Cutting-edge Technology at Briston Regional
BRISTOL — Upright MRI, a cutting-edge magnetic resonance imaging machine that allows patients to sit upright or stand while they are being scanned, recently became available to patients at Bristol Regional.

The upright MRI machine was recently installed in a new office at Sapling Grove, Bristol Regional's outpatient center located adjacent to hospital. Upright MRI is different from traditional magnetic resonance imaging machines in that it's open — no part of the machine covers the patient's face or body and the patient either stands or sits upright during the imaging process.

The latter facet could provide revelatory diagnostic information to physicians investigating injuries or disease of the spinal column and weight-bearing joints such as knees, ankles and shoulders.

April 2007