For anyone who feels claustrophobic when confined in small places, the idea of having to get an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) can be a frightening proposition.
For anyone who feels claustrophobic when confined in small places, the idea of having to get an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) can be a frightening proposition. The anxiety involved in anticipating the procedure may be enough to cause someone to decide to skip the whole procedure entirely, which can mean foregoing a necessary medical procedure. Don’t let irrational fears get in the way of maintaining your health. There are plenty of anxiety-reducing techniques designed to help overcome the stress associated with being enclosed in a confining MRI machine. Perhaps the most relevant thing you can do is to find an open MRI facility which is designed for people with claustrophobia.
- Deep breathing will trigger a relaxation response, which can lead to positive physiological changes that reduce anxiety. Similarly, progressive muscle relaxation eases tension, and can be used to relieve stress and anxiety triggers.
- Be mindful of your thoughts. Try to dispel unrealistic, negative or intrusive thoughts, and counter them with rational thoughts. Don’t let intrusive thoughts overwhelm you.
- Roll play the procedure by visiting the MRI facility prior to the scheduled examination and let the technician do a mock run of the test. This allows you to mentally prepare for what to expect without the added pressure of the actual procedure. Ask and plan with your physician.
- Most MRI facilities offer a sedative upon request which can serve the purpose of rendering you unconscious during the procedure. If you find this to be a necessary course of action, ask your physician, as the procedure may require extra steps in preparation.
- Prepare a schedule that allows for breaks in between imaging. These breaks can offer downtime, a relief from the stress, and a chance to collect your thoughts. The technician may have recommendations about what you can and cannot do between the intervals.
- Bring a friend as moral support. The added benefits of friendly company cannot be underestimated.
For further information about open MRIs or reducing stress during an MRI please call Santa Clarita MRI at (661) 250-4611.