Open MRI: How A Woman Conquered MRI Claustrophobia
For those who suffer from claustrophobia, MRI’s can seem like a nightmare. Even the toughest football players can feel overwhelmed by MRI’s, and the anxiety can be crippling for some to the point where undergoing an MRI is impossible.
The Claustrophobia Cure: Open MRI
One woman who struggled with MRI claustrophobia found it impossible to survive an entire scan until she tried an Open MRI. During her first MRI experience in a closed bore scanner, she recalled leaving the machine only a few minutes after the MRI machine. This experienced scarred her from ever wanting to try an MRI scan again until years later when a doctor suggested an Open MRI.
Open MRI’s use the same technology as the traditional Closed MRI scanners, but they provide a wider opening to ensure the patient is more comfortable. While she was skeptical at first, the doctor found an MRI necessary for a diagnosis.
A Life Changing MRI
“I finally called the MRI center, 'fessing up, stammering apologies all the way, blurting out that I was tormented by even imagining the experience, and, yes, had already bolted from that MRI-in-progress some years back.
When I finally stopped talking, the scheduler on the other end of the phone - a total stranger - said she understood. She didn't try to minimize my fears. She told me that doctors and football players and corporate titans fight the same demons. Women more than men, by the way.
And then the breakthrough: She invited me to visit the exact open MRI that was prescribed for my procedure. I loved that word, open. But I didn't quite trust it.
Then I was told I could look at that MRI as many times as I needed to.
And this miracle: I could have someone in the room with me, close by, but safe, of course, from any danger.
I'm not optimistic by nature. But something - I can't explain what - broke through my terror.
I made that visit. I repeated it twice. I studied the machine as though I were about to buy it for our living room.
Then I chose my husband as my companion since we'd been through everything meaningful, important, monumental, and scary in our lives.
I also gratefully accepted the offering of a mild sedative that came with this package.
On a late winter day, trembling slightly, but also feeling some semblance of prefight bravado I can't explain, I did the deed.
The last thing I remember was Vic's thumbs-up as I drifted into a glorious peace. The next thing I knew, I was seeing Vic's thumbs-up again, this time accompanied by his wide grin.
I'd broken through at least one of my demons. I wept with relief.”
This woman overcame her MRI fear and so can you! She stated that after her Open MRI, she began to overcome her claustrophobia woes that affected her everyday life one step at a time. At Carlsbad Open MRI, we provide the highest quality Open MRI’s to ensure our patients have the best quality care. If you have any claustrophobia concerns, we’d be happy to help you overcome them.