MRI Services

For the convenience of our patients, we offer MRI services at our Charlotte, Ballantyne, Concord and Greensboro offices. Patients requiring high-resolution brain and spine scans can often have their MRIs and practice appointments on the same day. Our Manager of Imaging Services brings more than two decades of MRI experience, and every MRI scan at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates is performed by licensed, certified technologists.

Patient Benefits Of Our MRI Services:

Convenience
Patients can have their MRIs and practice appointments on the same day at one location

Comfort
Our MRI scanners are less confining than most systems

Consistency
Highly skilled technologists perform every MRI so tests are always consistent

Multi-position, Open MRI (Charlotte)
We are the first and only imaging center in the North & South Carolina region with a multi-position, open MRI that allows us to scan patients sitting, standing, bending, lying down, or in other positions not previously possible with MRI imaging. Benefits include:

  • No enclosure or barrier in front of the patient’s face (Perfect for claustrophobic patients!)
  • Sedation is rarely necessary
  • Open MRI design accommodates larger patients
  • Patients can watch regular TV programming on a large flat screen during scanning

For more information about the MRI services available at our practice, call 704-376-1605 or 800-344-6716 (Charlotte area).

The Region’s First Multi-position, Open MRI


Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates offers a revolutionary, proven new technology for diagnostic scanning that is far more comfortable and convenient for patients than traditional MRI options. We are the first and only imaging center in the North & South Carolina region with a multi-position, open MRI that allows us to scan patients sitting, standing, bending, lying down, or in other positions not previously possible with MRI imaging. For some patients, our multi-position, open MRI is also more accurate in diagnosing disorders and injuries of the brain and spine.

The Advantages Are Easy To See
With our multi-position, open MRI, the spine can be imaged with a patient in the position in which he or she is experiencing pain. This provides a more accurate representation of what is occurring with the spine, and in some cases may detect problems that could be missed with a standard MRI. The example below shows scans from a patient with lower back problems. A recumbent (standard) MRI taken with the patient lying down shows normal alignment of the vertebrae. A multi-position, open MRI of the same patient revealed a dramatic spinal instability.

Greater Comfort
While traditional MRI technology has proven invaluable in detecting and diagnosing medical disorders, the experience of lying down, enclosed in a metal tube, is uncomfortable for most people, and even terrifying for others. Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates provides the most comfortable MRI experience possible. Not only is there no tube, most patients can actually sit and watch TV while scanning takes place. Other important features of our multi-position, open MRI include:

  • No enclosure or barrier in front of the patient’s face
  • Perfect for claustrophobic patients
  • Sedation is rarely necessary
  • Open MRI design accommodates larger patients
  • Most patients can watch regular TV programming on a large flat screen during scanning

Greater Convenience
Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates offers an attractive alternative to hospital-based imaging services. With many of our locations offering advanced imaging services, you’ll find ample parking without having to navigate a large parking deck. Our waiting areas are clean and comfortable and is reserved for MRI patients only. Since we only accept scheduled appointments, long waits often associated with imaging centers that also service emergency rooms are avoided. Appointments can usually be scheduled promptly once we receive approval from your insurance provider.

Scheduling An Appointment
Appointments for the multi-position, open MRI at Carolina Neurosurgery & Spine Associates can be made by calling 704-831-4366.

For Physicians
To refer a patient for our multi-position, open MRI or traditional MRI just download this referral form and fax to our practice at 704-831-2983.