It does not matter what age you are, how many tests you have had done, and how many times you have told yourself you are not scared, an MRI can be scary for anyone. Specifically, the fear of being in tight spaces, or claustrophobia, doesn’t stop at a certain point in a person’s life unless they receive help for it. Whether it is a lifetime battle with a fear of MRI’s or you are feeling this emotion for the first time, here are some ways in which you can confront your fear of MRI’s for good.
Talking to a professional – There are times when our fears are greater than we realize, and take up more time in our heads than we want them to be. Talking to someone, whether it is a licensed therapist, counselor, or your doctor about these fears can be beneficial to confronting them. In severe cases, they may have you enroll in CBT, or cognitive behavioral therapy sessions, to help you learn about reframing your fear of small spaces and working to confront this through new coping mechanisms.
Practicing relaxation skills – If you are willing to face your fear head-on, try utilizing some relaxation techniques before and during your testing. Certain skills like deep breathing, imagining you are somewhere else, and listening to calming music before and through the duration of your procedure can help to relax you, and take your fear of MRI’s by the horns.
If you are looking for a friendly staff of an ACR-accredited radiology center with an open MRI, turn to us at Middletown Medical Imaging. Schedule your appointment or call with questions today at (732) 275-0999.