For a claustrophobic individual, having to lie still in a confined space for a long time, feeling trapped and not being able to see out is a highly stressful experience – and for many it is simply impossible to complete.
Upright MRI scanners are designed with the claustrophobic patient in mind. You can walk into our scanners and, depending on which part of you is being scanned; you sit, lie slightly backward, lie horizontally or even stand in some cases.
At no point will there be anything in front of you, and when the scan is finished you simply walk out. Our radiographers are very experienced in dealing with claustrophobic and anxious patients, and will take their time to ensure that you are completely comfortable and relaxed.
Many claustrophobic individuals say that it is ‘fear of the unknown’ which causes them to hesitate – which is why we invite all of our patients to visit our centres and see our scanners in person before their appointment if they so wish. If a patient is unable to visit us beforehand, we will talk them through the entire process over the phone, and we will even send them photos of the exact position they will be in for their scan.
To date, we have successfully scanned almost every claustrophobic patient who has come to us because they have previously been unable to tolerate a conventional tunnel scanner.
Many thanks for all your kind care and attention during my MRI scans with you yesterday afternoon. Everyone is so helpful and calm! It made for a very smooth and efficient time.Thanks also for fitting me in at such short notice!
To all the staff at the London Upright MRI Centre: Thank you so much for your professionalism, care, and kindness.I could not have completed the Brain MRI without your preparation beforehand and care on the day.
The radiographer was absolutely lovely, so kind, reassuring and understanding. I had a bad experience elsewhere but this was stress free, easy and no problem. Reception staff were so welcoming. Thank you!
I was most impressed with all the treatment I had. I would just like to thank you all -the lady who took MRI was very nice. I had an excellent experience.
I am claustrophobic, and this is the first time I’ve been in a upright scanner. It was brilliant compared to ordinary MRIs
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