Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanning

This is a summary of the Devon commissioning policy for Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Scanning

Please note the nearest provider for Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging is Cheltenham.


Referral Criteria

Referral for open MRI scanning of greater than 0.5T as an alternative to conventional MRI in secondary care is commissioned only for:

  • patients who suffer from claustrophobia where an oral prescription sedative has not been effective (flexibility in the route of sedative administration may be required in paediatric patients as oral prescription may not be appropriate)


  • patients who are obese or cannot fit comfortably in conventional MRI scanners

Standing, upright, weight-bearing or positional MRI will not be commissioned.


Patients who are not eligible for treatment under this policy may be considered for exceptionality on an individual basis.

Supporting Information

Patient Information

Individual Funding Request (IFR) Patient Information leaflet

Date of publication: November 2011


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