Top 5 ways to relieve MRI claustrophobia.

The number five means of relieving MRI claustrophobia is a common 'solution' so we included it purely for informational value. However, it is also the 'solution' with the most risk. Think accordingly.

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Whoa... Drugs? Well it is a common manner in relieving anxiety.

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If clausrophobia is something you suffer from or think might prevent you from completing an important MRI proceedure, let your doctor know. He or she may prescribe drugs to control the panic and physical symptoms of claustrophobia, specifically related to getting an MRI proceedure. But there's the catch - and an important one - they must be perscribed by your doctor and approved by the facility doing the MRI. Why?....

While 'Taking the edge off' with drugs may help many people get through their anxiety during the scan itself, it should be strongly pointed out that the drugs they might take help temporarily may help, they are simply a mask.

Don't kid yourself. The drugs won't actually cure the actual claustrophobia, they simply suppress the symptoms for just a long enough time to get through the test. And for some, that may just do the trick.

No drug has ever been developed specifically for claustrophobia.

So maybe if the MRI is a one-time thing and maybe if you con't see any other option and maybe if your doctor and your radiologist prescribed it for you and approve it's use during the test then maybe, just maybe, it might be right for you.

It should be strongly noted that if a patient takes any sort of drug for the test that they inform the radiologist doing the proceedure and they find someone to help them home until the effects of the drug wears off.

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GOOD SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING: Dictionary of Medical Terms, 4th Edition, from A&C Black Publishers Ltd., Grey's Anatomy, The Classic Collector's Edition, by Henry Gray, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Second Edition by Mayo Clinic, Howard Gallager, Mayo Foundation, Women's Health, Men's Health and Health for Seniors all by Professor Peter Abrahams, the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Radiology.

See what your doctor's MRI machine looks like here.

So your doctor ordered an MRI for you. Feeling claustrophobic already?

Many imaging facilities now offer new typse of MRI machines that are dramatically more 'open'. These machines can help reduce a lot of a patient's anxiety.

Call ahead and ask the facility what specific MRI machine they will use with your test. Then click the name from our list below to see pictures and descriptions of it before you go.

NOTE: Many of these including the stand up MRI machines may or may not be available near you yet. If you are going outside of your local area, make sure you call your insurance company to see if the testing will be covered under your medical insurance policy. You don't want to have the proceedure only to find out that you are on the hook for the entire bill.

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