Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc in Burbank, California, understands that MRI scans can cause some patients anxiety. To help you avoid the distress of MRI claustrophobia, the practice uses Hitachi Airis II™ Open MRI technology that doesn’t involve being in the confined space typical of a standard MRI. Nervous patients can complete their scans without discomfort or stress, with the added benefit of calming entertainment glasses and headphones. Find out more about avoiding MRI claustrophobia with Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc by calling the office today or booking an appointment online.
Claustrophobia is a fear of being in an enclosed space. Many people fear confined spaces because avoiding situations where you could run out of air and suffocate is a survival instinct. However, people with claustrophobia feel intense fear even when, rationally, they know they’re perfectly safe.
Being in an MRI is a good example. Traditional MRI machines are large tubes that fit closely around your body. Although you know you’re in no danger in an MRI machine, you might still feel the fear and panic of being confined.
This problem is called MRI claustrophobia, and it can be a real issue for many people.
If you experience MRI claustrophobia, it might make you avoid having a scan. That could delay a diagnosis and have adverse effects on your health.
On the other hand, forcing yourself into the MRI machine can be distressing and make your claustrophobia worse. You might even have a panic attack, where your claustrophobia becomes so intense you start shaking and sweating and develop nausea and a pounding heart.
It’s also vital to be able to keep very still during your MRI. If you have MRI claustrophobia, you might find it impossible not to move or fidget, which could blur your scan results.
If you know you get claustrophobia, you can take a sedative beforehand to keep you calm. However, Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc has an even better approach. They use open MRI machines, so you don’t have to slide inside a tight tube. Open MRI machines aren’t enclosed and don’t have any sides; they’re completely wide open.
Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc also provides you with entertainment glasses and earphones so you can watch videos during your MRI. This diverts your focus away from the MRI and helps to ensure you have a relaxing experience. Open MRIs are also much quieter than traditional machines, which tend to make loud thumping and banging noises.
Before the MRI scan starts, your technician makes sure you’re comfortable. They remain in contact with you throughout your MRI, so you can ask questions or make them aware of any concerns. You can also request a friend or family member to stay with you during the procedure.
To find out more about avoiding MRI claustrophobia, call Burbank Imaging and Open MRI Inc today. You can also book an appointment online.