Top 5 ways to relieve
The number five means of relieving MRI anxiety is a common 'solution' so we included it purely for informational value. However, it is also the 'solution' with the most risk. Think accordingly.
Whoa... Drugs? Well it is a common manner in relieving anxiety.
If anxiety is something you suffer from or think might prevent you from completing an important MRI exam or proceedure, let your doctor know. He or she may prescribe drugs to control the panic and physical symptoms of the anxiety, specifically related to getting an MRI proceedure.
But there's the catch - and an important one - they must be perscribed by your doctor and approved by the facility doing the MRI. Why?....
While 'Taking the edge off' with drugs may help many people get through their anxiety during the scan itself, it should be strongly pointed out that the drugs they might take help temporarily may help, they are simply a mask.
Don't kid yourself. The drugs won't actually cure the actual anxiety, they simply suppress the symptoms for just a long enough time to get through the test. And for some, that may just do the trick.
No drug has ever been developed specifically for claustrophobia.
So maybe if the MRI is a one-time thing and maybe if you con't see any other option and maybe if your doctor and your radiologist prescribed it for you and approve it's use during the test then maybe, just maybe, it might be right for you.
It should be strongly noted that if a patient takes any sort of drug for the MRI proceedure or exam that they inform the radiologist before doing the proceedure and they find someone to help them to and from the exam until the effects of the drug wears off.
TOP 5 techniques used to help relieve or reduce MRI anxiety, stress and claustrophobia.
Find the most 'open' MRI possible.
So your doctor ordered an MRI for you. Feeling claustrophobic already? Maybe more than a little nervous? There are many things you can do before the actual exam and perhaps the most important one is to find a MRI facility and machine that fits your needs best.
You've probably heard of 'open' MRIs and many imaging facilities now offer these new types of machines. The ones that truely are more open can help reduce a lot of a patient's anxiety or stress. However, some advertised 'open' MRIs are not as 'open' as you might think. So how do you know which are 'open' and which are not?
Search our list of the more popular MRI machines.
Panorama 0.6T by Philips
The list will include pictures like the one of this panarama 'open' MRI machine and descriptions for you to reference when talking with an MRI imaging facility or center. Remember, they are only pictures. Only visiting or viewing the actual machine in person will give you the truest understanding of what it is like. Which leads us to the pretty smart idea of doing just that.
It is not at all unheard of to call an imaging facility or center before making an appointment and asking them a few questions. You should not be embarrassed to do so. In fact, it quite common and they should have no problem telling you what type of MRI machine they have or would even use with your specific doctor's order. Most welcome potential patients coming in and checking out the room and the machine. Qualilty facilities and their staff want to do whatever they can to make the exam as comfortable and stress-free as possible for you. So give them a call.
Here is a directory which can help you find and contact many of the MRI facilities nearest to you.