Open MRI offers a very wide range of management options that enable targeted treatment to be provided without the use of radiation. Complementing open MRI, DSD also offers a full and complete range of treatment from OZD (Darmstadt Orthopaedic Centre).


Chronic episodes of pain affecting the musculoskeletal system are often encountered and need to be met by targeted treatments from pain management specialists.

Various diagnostic systems are used, depending on the root cause of the pain. For this reason, we at DSD offer all of the leading procedures that are capable of providing the most advanced, high-precision diagnoses of the musculoskeletal system. Alongside conventional examination using ultrasound and X-rays, we can also offer access to one of the most modern open MRI scanners in Europe. This high-end machine enables us to offer our patients an entirely new range of diagnostic options and resulting types of treatment. Our comprehensive analysis of the causes of pain also includes a number of other diagnostic options, such as…

  • Gait analysis systems
  • Bone densitometry (DXA method)
  • Muscle function analysis
  • Three-dimensional static measurement of spinal column and pelvis

By partnering with Darmstadt Orthopaedic Centre (OZD), all of the above can be carried out under one roof: this avoids inconvenient and time-consuming referrals for medical exams and extra appointments to discuss results – all of which leads to greater patient comfort, more accurate diagnoses and a faster start to treatment.

Patients with acute sports injuries now have access to a full range of diagnostic options under one roof and on the same day, so as to ensure the fastest possible access to the necessary treatment options.

Dr Marc Dehos, DSD

Conservative pain management

The treatment options available from the German Pain Centre Darmstadt are carried out by doctors who have gained a wealth of experience during many years of being involved in managing pain affecting the musculoskeletal system. An interdisciplinary team of experts with a range of individual specialisms and therapeutic expertise is on hand to ensure that each patient receives a treatment plan tailored to their individual needs.

We offer advanced, high-quality treatment options to ensure your well-being.

Dr Thomas Saltzer, DSD

Complementing the familiar conservative options for pain management – which include analgesic therapy according to the WHO pain ladder, the use of biphasic TENS stimulation, neural therapy, cortisone injections to the joints, trigger point treatment, acupuncture, chiropractic manipulations of the spine, botulinum toxin injections, as well as various taping, bandaging and plaster treatments – the German Pain Centre Darmstadt now also offers patients interventional treatment using open MRI scanning. Individual and comprehensive treatment planning and realisation is also ensured by a diverse network of partners that includes physiotherapists, orthopaedic technicians, pain psychologists and consultants working in other fields.

Specialised pain management with open MRI

Spinal column

The spinal column is the primary area where pain management interventions are applied – and the cervical and lumbar spine in particular. For patients with herniated discs, spinal stenosis and nerve root displacements in the area of the cervical spine and lumbar spine, the precise kinds of diagnoses offered by open MRI allow us to identify the cause of the pain quickly and rapidly introduce an appropriate course of treatment.

In the case of herniated discs and spinal stenosis, one treatment option used involves the administration of epidural injections. For nerve root displacements, on the other hand, periradicular therapy (PRT) is used, which involves accessing the nerve root exit from the spinal canal laterally, with the aim of infiltrating and calming the nerve root itself. Since all of these procedures can be performed under visual monitoring in an open MRI scan, these minimally invasive interventions are a low-risk option offering maximum patient benefits.

Pain therapy open MRI
Example of MRI-guided PRT (periradicular therapy) performed on the lumbar spine

Large and peripheral joints

Injections into joints during an open MRI are also possible with a high degree of precision during infiltration. Smaller joints or joint structures that are difficult to reach for anatomical reasons are also particularly easy to localise and treat during an open MRI.

Above all, our objective is to offer our patients a modern and accurate diagnostic method without exposure to ionising radiation before then ensuring the provision of a rapid, precise course of pain management as necessary.


Professor Jürgen Fischer with young patient
waiting area

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

1. I suffer from pain. What benefits are offered by an open MRI?

Answer: For patients suffering pain, an open MRI scan is especially advantageous. Unlike the ‘tunnel’ in a conventional MRI scanner, this machine lets you find the ideal position for the scan and gives you plenty of space to do so, since it is open on all sides. Compared to a CT scan, an open MRI also offers two other benefits: improved imaging of the spinal vertebrae and soft structures, and no exposure to X-ray radiation.

2. What happens during minimally invasive pain treatment in an open MRI?

Answer: During minimally invasive pain treatment in an open MRI scan, a fine needle is used to inject analgesic, anti-inflammatory medicine into the areas affected by pain. The visual monitoring offered by an MRI scan lets doctors work very precisely, treating the vertebral joint or nerve extremely accurately to stop pain in its tracks.