What to do if you are claustrophobic and need an MRI?
Getting Through an MRI When You Have Claustrophobia
- 1-Ask questions beforehand. The more educated and informed you are on the specifics of the test, the less likely you are to be surprised by something.
- 2-Listen to music.
- 3-Cover your eyes.
- 4-Breathe and meditate.
- 5-Ask for a blanket.
- 6-Stretch beforehand.
- 7-Take medication.
Is claustrophobia contraindicated for MRI?
MRI Contraindications Patients with severe claustrophobia may not be able to tolerate an MRI scan, although more open scanners are now available, and medical sedation is available to make the test easier to tolerate.
What’s the best drug for claustrophobia in a MRI?
If you experience more severe claustrophobia-related symptoms, your doctor may instead recommend intravenous sedation. It’s common to use a combination of Versed (a benzodiazepine) and Fentanyl, an opioid medication commonly prescribed for pain and sedation.
How many people are claustrophobic in MRI?
Magnetic resonance (MR) imaging has been described as the most important medical innovation in the last 25 years. Over 80 million MR procedures are now performed each year and on average 2.3% (95% confidence interval: 2.0 to 2.5%) of all patients scheduled for MR imaging suffer from claustrophobia.
How do you stop being claustrophobic?
- Exposure therapy. It gradually puts you into the situations that frighten you to help you get over your fear.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
- Virtual reality (VR).
- Relaxation and visualization.
- Medical treatment.
What happens if you panic during an MRI?
When not properly accommodated during an MRI, claustrophobic patients may experience panic attacks, which can bring on increased heart rate, difficulty breathing, chills, sweating, and other distressing symptoms. Claustrophobia is a very common condition, affecting as much as 5% of the population.
Who should not have an MRI scan?
However, due to the use of the strong magnet, MRI cannot be performed on patients with: Implanted pacemakers. Intracranial aneurysm clips. Cochlear implants.
Can claustrophobia be cured?
Claustrophobia can be successfully treated and cured by gradually being exposed to the situation that causes your fear. This is known as desensitisation or self-exposure therapy. You could try this yourself using self-help techniques, or you could do it with the help of a professional.
What medications help with claustrophobia?
Are medications used to treat claustrophobia?
- Benzodiazepines, such as the antianxiety drugs alprazolam (Xanax®), clonazepam (Klonopin®) and diazepam (Valium®).
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as paroxetine (Paxil®) or escitalopram (Lexapro®).
How do you keep calm during a brain MRI?
Six Tips for Relaxing
- Have a family member or friend present during the MRI.
- Enjoy the warm blankets or cushions we offer.
- You can use the lavender- and vanilla-scented eye pillows provided to help you relax and remain calm.
- Listen to music.
- Try to control your breathing.
- Go for a little guided mental imagery.