If you are claustrophobic or if you suffer from any form of anxiety, then the thought of getting an MRI might be enough to make you go crazy. Because MRI involves making sure the patient stays still for an extended amount of time— around 60 minutes— it’s important to make sure that you stay, calm, cool, and collected during the entire thing. Afterall, nothing is going to be quite as embarrassing— and expensive— as making them stop your MRI because you are simply too anxious. Read on to learn more about how you can stay calm during your MRI.
Take Deep Breaths
One of the best ways to deal with any sort of anxiety is to take deep breaths before and during your MRI. Deep breathing will help ensure that enough blood is circulating through your body and that you are getting enough oxygen— which will help in preventing against you feeling lightheaded. Additionally, by focusing on your breathing during your MRI, you can help to remain calm instead of focusing on being in a cramped space.
Ask for a Sedative
Depending on just how bad your anxiety is, you may be able to ask your doctor to prescribe you with a drug like valium that you can take beforehand. As a great way to calm you down and keep you relaxed, a sedative like valium will help ensure that your doctors can get the right imaging and that you stay calm the entire time.
During most MRI’s you’re allowed to wear headphones and listen to music during the procedure. Before your procedure, create a playlist of music that will be calming and soothing to you— then during your MRI you can listen to that music in order to take your mind off of everything that is going on around you.
Getting an MRI can be an anxiety ridden experience for most people. However, by using the tips listed above, you can help to ensure that you have a better experience. To learn more about MRI’s or to schedule an appointment, contact UTMB Radiology today!