Minimizing MRI Fears

Janae Leach

“Claustrophobia and MRI: How to Minimize Your Fears.” N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Oct. 2016.

One of the biggest fears the general public has towards the MRI is claustrophobia. This article provides a step-by-step process on how to minimize your fears of claustrophobia and the MRI. In order to reduce that fear, UCSF (University of California, San Francisco) tells their patients that their scanners are fully lit and ventilated. They state that they also have “motion correction” imaging, which means a faster examination for the patient. Along with describing how the patient will be comfortable, UCSF also includes a list of things of what to expect during the MRI procedure. This includes different sounds the patient will hear, how much time the patient will spend in the machine, what not wear while getting scanned, options for sedatives or for family members to be present during the scan. The article also includes some videos and images that show how an MRI works and what getting an MRI is like.

Since this article is based on the attempt to ease the fears patients have, the tone of the article is actually soothing. The author makes a great effort to express that the best possible care will be given to every patient in need of an MRI. The author describes how “the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging is committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of patient care and safety.” This article provides a good basis for what a patient can prepare for if they are anxious about their MRI. The videos and images strengthen the argument that getting an MRI is safe and easy.

This article is useful because it demonstrates the real-life procedure most hospitals use for when a patient needs an MRI. It also shows that there is a very common fear of MRIs, which is claustrophobia. This relates to the fear of the garbage disposal story we read and discussed in class. Fear is persistent when it comes to any modern technology, but it does not mean that it should be upheld as proved by this article.

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