It is not uncommon at all to feel claustrophobic before or during an MRI scan. Until recently, the proceedure almost always involved sliding your body into a tight fitting tube. Recent developments in the technology however, have widened these tubes, created new space to all sides and in some cases, allowed the patient to sit or even stand with nothing in front of them. However, many people will still feel some levels of anxiety with even the most 'open' machine proceedures.
These top five techniques for relieving anxiety during an MRI proceedure are based on recommendations from doctors, psychologists, therapy scientists and radiologists. A fair warning, however - it is widely accepted that there are no known ways to completely prevent claustrophobia.
So your doctor ordered an MRI for you. Feeling claustrophobic already? Maybe more than a little nervous? Sometimes the more you know about it, the less scary it will seem. Here's some helpful information to help educate yourself on what an MRI experience is really like.
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