What is the difference between an Open MRI? Wide Bore MRI?

Open MRI scanners are designed to be open along the sides with the patient positioned beneath the magnet.

Closed MRI scanners are designed with an imaging bore that encircles the patient. These scanners can further be broken down into two categories: conventional and wide-bore. Wide bore MRI scanners allow more room for patients and are a comfortable alternative for individuals who do not need an open MRI scanner but would like a little more room.