Greenville’s First Open-Room MRI Brings Relief for Claustrophobic Patients


Greenville, S.C. – Greenville’s Medical Imaging Express has good news for the thousands of area residents who experience acute anxiety when undergoing an MRI. The newly-opened diagnostic imaging center offers the state’s first true open, weight-bearing MRI technology, replacing the conventional “tube” design that studies have shown is feared by as much as 20% of all medical patients.

At Medical Imaging Express, the tube is replaced with a unique tilting table that can be elevated to an upright position. This open-room MRI is designed to cover just a small portion of the body. Patients can look around the room during the exam, use headphones, or hold hands with a parent, spouse or other family member. The device is one of only thirteen in the U.S.

“As a claustrophobic patient myself, I recognized a real need for this type of device,” says Brad Childs, owner of Medical Imaging Express. “The fears and anxiety experienced with claustrophobia can be agonizing. At the same time, an MRI can’t be avoided in order to properly diagnose many health conditions or injuries. That’s why the open MRI is invaluable,” says Childs.

Understanding that Patients Have a Choice When It Comes to Healthcare

Medical Imaging Express recently opened its doors on Woodruff Road in Greenville. The independent imaging center offers MRI scans, x-rays and ultrasounds. According to Childs, Medical Imaging Express offers a more personalized approach to patient interactions. From the time a new patient calls to schedule an appointment, to the moment his or her scans are passed along to a physician, a Patient Concierge is there to provide quick scheduling and answer any questions.

“Patients need to realize that they have a choice when it comes to their health care. You can ask your doctor to refer you to an independent center like Medical Imaging Express for the latest in diagnostic technology and a far more affordable and pleasant experience,” explains Childs.

About Medical Imaging Express

Medical Imaging Express is an independent imaging center located at 361 Woodruff Road in Greenville, approximately a half-mile from Laurens Road. To learn more about the open MRI offered at Medical Imaging Express, please visit or call (864) 775-5004.

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