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Managing a Patient with Claustrophobia or Anxiety Associated with a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Unit

Specialty:

Hematology Oncology

Objective:

ICD-10:

Description:

The testing area of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit can be small and dark, features which can trigger claustrophobia, stress or anxiety in certain individuals. During the MRI the patient needs to lie still; any movement or thrashing during the procedure may compromise the quality of the images. Recognition of this problem prior to the procedure can minimize problems for the patient and radiologist.

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