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Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)The Open MRI scanner at Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) in Newport News is the most powerful on the Hampton Roads Peninsula.

The Open MRI scanner at Orthopaedic & Spine Center (OSC) in Newport News is the most powerful on the Hampton Roads Peninsula. The strength of the MRI offers clearer images than many other machines in the area, which allows for better diagnostics. Learn everything there is to know about MRI and the MRI experience. Check out these Frequently Asked Questions.

MRI is a method used by physicians to look inside the human body to obtain diagnostic information. Incorporating an advanced technology, an MRI scan produces images of the anatomy to help physicians properly diagnose their patients’ conditions. It can help provide a quick and more accurate diagnosis for your physician and can reduce the need for exploratory surgery and other diagnostic procedures which might have associated risk. The benefits of MRIs are many, with new applications continually being developed through on-going research. An MRI scan is a non-invasive procedure, and there are no known side effects or after-effects. The procedure is painless; in fact, you won’t see or feel anything. You will hear a loud knocking sound (read why), and will be asked to wear protective gear so you do not damage your hearing. 

  • Open Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machineOrthopaedic (Muscle, Tendon and Joint), Renal, Brain, and Abdominal Scanning Available
  • Unparalleled comfort for anxious or claustrophobic or patients weighing up to 660 pounds
  • Unsurpassed image clarity helps physicians make correct diagnoses or catch previously missed diagnoses
  • Exceptional stereo sound system for patient enjoyment
  • Scanning takes less time
  • It’s perfect for children and claustrophobic individuals
  • 1.2 Tesla Magnet

Our MRI Center is staffed by certified and licensed MRI and radiological technologists and supervised by board-certified orthopedic surgeons and radiologists.

Make an appointment for an Open MRI at OSC

Call (757) 596-1900 to schedule an appointment with OSC. Visit our Contact Us page for information on office hours. Our office is located in Newport News, VA. We are 40 minutes from Virginia Beach and an hour from Richmond, VA.

What Our Patients Are Saying

  • Dr. Boyd Haynes’ mantra is “that orthopedic surgery to repair an injury is not always the first and necessary solution”.  And that was the case for me. As an active 81 year-old sailor, I tore my right biceps muscle hauling in a sail. I have been an OSC patient for about 40 years, so I looked on the OSC website and saw Dr. Haynes treated biceps muscles. His first diagnosis was not pleasing, as an in office MRI also showed a tear in the right shoulder rotator cuff. I had rotator cuff surgery… Read More

Buddy DeRyder – Non-surgical Treatment for a Torn Biceps Muscle & Rotator Cuff

  • Team Haynes, once again to the rescue! Through the suggestion of Dr. Boyd Haynes’ Physician Assistant, Chris Schwizer, I had an MRI done as I had major bicep pain. My MRI showed a partial tear.  This was almost 3 years after rotator cuff surgery… So, off to the awesome PT Group at OSC Physical Therapy. With the extensive direction of Dr. Jamie Swale and about 8 visits… it was incredible! No pain and great mobility. Compassionate, Caring, Knowledgeable is the OSC PT Team. Dee… Read More

Dee Burcher – Physical Therapy for a Partially-Torn Bicep Muscle

  • In August of 2018, I herniated a disk in my back preparing for an impending storm. The pain was excruciating.  When I called OSC, I had no idea what to expect because I had been cared for through the Military system for 30 years. From the moment I spoke to the folks at OSC, I knew I was in good hands. Dr. Jeffrey Carlson and the staff there knew I was in serious pain and they all showed such great compassion for me. Dr. Carlson\’s staff helped with pain management until there was a final… Read More

Bryant Clark – Microdiscectomy Surgery for Herniated Disc

  • I am 62 Years old and had my first MRI today. Pam Simmons was AWESOME! Made me feel comfortable, explained it all, helped me in and out of my wheelchair, and just overall seemed happy and was very pleasant. Another great experience at OSC! (My first visit with Dr. Carlson was great!) Again, I am so glad that my PCP, Denise Chernitzer recommended… Read More

Willard Ahlman – Open MRI

  • Physician Name(s) – Dr. Haynes and Dr. Carlson My name is Charlene R. Small (retired teacher). I live in Mathews County, VA. My problem started in June 2012. It was like a “Charlie Horse” in my right leg, just below my knee. Dr. Haynes put me on muscle relaxers and then therapy. I had a MRI which showed a slight tear in one of the lower vertebrae. Things improved and I was released on August 20th. Well on August 23rd, I reached to pick up something and I thought I would never get… Read More

Charlene R. Small – Spine Surgery

  • Dr. Jeffrey Carlson saved my life in 2005 when a painful herniated disc that I’d suffered with for 3 years finally took me out of the game of life. My recovery then was unremarkable, meaning I was back to feeling normal fairly quickly. I recommended Dr. Carlson to anyone having issues, for years. I never thought I’d be seeing him again, but in 2022, after a slow deterioration in my neck, I went to see Dr. Carlson for help for a second time. His team was quick to get the necessary x-rays and… Read More

Michelle Vega – Discectomy & Cervical Fusion

  • I have been waiting to write this testimonial until the very end of the recovery process. My wife has always had minor back pain, sometimes it was worse the others, but she always managed to deal with it. Usually, she went to her chiropractor and, after a visit or two, the pain went away, or at least she didn’t mention the problem. Early in July of 2021, she began to complain about her back again and decided to try the chiropractor like she had always done in the past. Also, she tried doing… Read More

Brenda Botsford – Multi-Level Lumbar Fusion

  • This endorsement is a long time in coming as I am one who does not give an endorsement lightly… In the spring of 2016, I started to suffer pain in my right leg, specifically the thigh and calf. It seemed to be little more than a sprain or strain, but it got worse. The pain got so bad, I could not walk, stand, or sit. I just fell to the floor in agony. My Primary Care Provider tried muscle relaxers and pain meds and recommended physical therapy. Although all helped, none solved the… Read More

Bruce Jensky – Spinal Cyst Removal and Lumbar Fusion Surgery

  • I was in the worst pain of my life and had seen another surgeon.  I received a call from a friend (literally at the 11th hour) who suggested Dr. Jeffrey Carlson.  I contacted his office and they worked me in quickly. Dr. Carlson reviewed my MRI and came to a different diagnosis.  Dr. Carlson saw a ruptured disc, not a bulging one!  Surgery was set and pain medication was prescribed.  Everything that followed was professional, timely and efficient!  When I had a question, I received an… Read More

Tom Pitkin – Microdiscectomy for Ruptured Disc

  • My name is Bruce Liles and I am 59 years old. I have lived and worked in Newport News, VA since the early 70’s. I have always been very active. I work out at the gym several times a week and our family goes on active vacations, including snow skiing, camping, hiking and white-water rafting. I played sports in High School and I am a former casual runner and enjoy an occasional round of golf. My wife and I also enjoy working in the yard and flower beds. A few years ago, I began to experience… Read More

Bruce Liles – Spine Surgery

  • On 12/6/17, I started to get sharp pains in my right leg.  I saw my PCP on 4 visits over the next week and was told I had a swollen muscle in my back that was causing leg pain.  I received 4 medications from my PCP with no improvements. On 12/15/17, I saw my PCP again and was told if my condition didn’t get better to come back the beginning of next year to get an MRI. That same day, 12/15/17, I went to the chiropractor and was told I had a swollen muscle that was pinching the nerve running… Read More

Brian Brisson – Lumbar Microdiscectomy Surgery

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