Causes of pain have finally become visible. Why? Because the upright MRI, also known as the seated MRI, makes it possible to examine the body under its natural weight-bearing load and thus provides better diagnostic results. That's because patients often complain of pain symptoms when they are sitting, standing, or walking that usually cannot be detected when lying down in a tunnel MRI system. Due to its open design, the upright MRI is the only system which allows for magnetic resonance imaging examinations in which weight-bearing joints such as the knees, hips or ankle or even the head and especially the spine can be examined in different positions.