As advances in modern medicine become increasingly high-tech, it can often be difficult to separate fact from science fiction. While there is no substitute for consulting your medical care professional, here are five common MRI myths debunked to help you see beyond the machine's futuristic appearance.

1. MRI scans release radiation.

Unlike CT scans and x-rays, MRI procedures use a strong magnetic field to produce images. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration confirms that this difference prevents MRI scans from using ionizing radiation, which may damage DNA.

2. Patients are required to lie down.

Advances in technology now allow for vertical and open MRIs, which can accommodate patients who experience illness when horizontal, or who fear claustrophobia in traditional apparatuses.

3. All machines will provide the same results.

A study published in the European Spine Journal noted that outcomes sometimes vary between horizontal and upright machines, as the latter include the effect of gravity on the spine. Asking a medical professional about an optimal scan position may help you receive more targeted results.

4. MRIs have strict size limits.

Although traditional supine machines can be daunting for larger patients, open MRIs are often a solution because of their higher weight limits. Before ruling out an MRI scan because of size, researching open apparatuses in your area may help you find workable possibilities.

5. There is no way to pass the time.

Because MRI procedures require patients to remain still for prolonged periods, many worry the time will tick away slowly. However, modern clinics can now provide patients with a helpful distraction throughout the scan by using MRI-safe televisions.

To learn more about vertical and open MRI options, in-room televisions, and solutions for larger individuals and individuals suffering from claustrophobia, visit Vertical Plus MRI of Hazel Crest or call (708) 799-4940.