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April 30, 2020

5 Ways to Reduce MRI Anxiety

We understand that MRI’s can be intimidating. Whether you suffer from claustrophobia or have never had an MRI scan, rest assured that MRI’s are not painful or scary.  At Specialty Imaging, we stress the importance of our patients in our services and quality care. If you’re nervous for your scan, here are a few ways you can feel a bit more comfortable during your MRI.

1. Bring someone you love

Bringing someone you care for such as a friend, spouse or family member, can make you feel comfortable. Having someone by your side will make you feel more relaxed. They can give you positive encouragement as you are going through this process

2. Listen to feel-good music

Our technician will give you the option to play music. Choose what you want to listen to, it can be calming or upbeat, whatever makes you feel the most normal.

3. Take deep breaths

Practice your breathing while in the machine. It can help you feel less stressed and feel like you are in a more serene environment. Breathe through your nose and out through your mouth, making each breath last about 10 seconds. Breathe in and breathe out.

4. Close your eyes

This is your time to relax and just close your eyes and not move. The technicians will take care of everything. Just lie perfectly still, and if it helps think of a peaceful place, such as a beach or your favorite piece of scenery. Just lose yourself in the landscape of your mind and the MRI will be over before you know it!

5. Talk to the technician

No matter what happens during the procedure, the technician is there for you. If you feel claustrophobic or complacent, let your technician know. They are there for you, their job is to make you feel as comfortable as possible.

We understand your concerns and will accommodate any needs you have while you are at our center. Open MRI’s are the best MRI experience because they put the comfort of our patients first. To make an appointment, give us a call. 

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