Open MRI- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machines have made a large impact on the way we diagnose certain injuries. MRI provides important diagnostic information that cannot be obtained with other imaging studies.
Open MRIs are just like they sound. They are open, while still using Magnets to take images of the inside of your body. Instead of an enclosed capsule, the open MRI uses a magnet top and bottom and is open on all four sides. These decrease the risk of claustrophobia and panic attacks exponentially and allows patients of all shapes and sizes to be able to make use of an MRI to accurately diagnose their problems.
There are also things you can do to help with anxiety when going for a test:
1. Ask your doctor for a sedative or anti-anxiety medicine to take during the test. This can help tremendously with claustrophobia and fear.
2. Wear clothes that are comfortable
3. Ask for earplugs (the machines are noisy)
4. Try relaxation techniques while in the machine. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth slowly, counting to ten each time. Wait several minutes and repeat.
5. Have a friend or relative accompany you for support. If you have taken a sedative, you will need someone to drive you.