With around 10 per cent of the UK population affected by claustrophobia during their lifetime, problems can arise when faced with enclosed spaces, including the need for an MRI scan.
While some situations can be avoided by sufferers, an important procedure such as a scan can’t be ignored – but Cheltenham charity Cobalt has a solution, in the form of its High Field Open MRI Scanner.
Ideal for those who need more space, the scanner is wide open at the sides, allowing patients to see out, whilst the specialist staff and radiographers can still maintain excellent quality images.
Speaking of her work with claustrophobic patients, Cobalt’s MRI clinical lead and training facilitator Aine McGovern said: ‘Our open scanner allows patients to look out of the open sides for most body parts and they can have a relative to hold their hand or just be there for reassurance.
‘The design allows us to be very flexible in how we scan and definitely helps with success rates of helping you through the scan. This scanner is in a very spacious, bright and airy room.
‘On one of our other scanners we have a wider bore with something called an ambient experience. This means for all body areas you can watch a screen with scenery or animations or for very long examinations you could watch a film.
‘This scanner is wonderful to work on and we have found a lot of patients who did not like a standard MRI really enjoyed this one and the lights and film really helped make the experience fly by and more relaxing. In fact, we have had to wake people up at the end!’
For more information call (01242) 535900 or visit cobalthealth.co.uk directly.
Monday 04 December 2017
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