Inside the Apex MRI machines, there are mirrors installed, significantly enhancing the experience for patients prone to claustrophobia by creating the illusion of an outside view. In the past, undergoing an MRI scan was often distressing and anxiety-provoking for individuals with claustrophobic tendencies. The confined space of the MRI bore could induce feelings of being trapped, leading to fear and discomfort.
The introduction of mirrors inside the MRI machine has achieved a significant breakthrough in addressing this issue. It enables the patient to have the illusion that they can see outside. With the assistance of mirrors, the images displayed on the ceiling of the treatment room can be seen within the MRI tube.
The MRI machines at Apex Radiology have an industry leading bore size of 70cm, providing more room for the patient when inside. They also have a light breeze within the magnet by using fans. Partnered with the mirrors, this provides for a more relaxing experience.
Patients who previously dreaded undergoing an MRI scan due to their claustrophobia now find themselves more at ease. Seeing outside the tube creates a sense of freedom and openness, helping to alleviate the stress of being confined.
Moreover, the mirrors also serve as a distraction for patients during the scanning process. Patients can now look at more than just the room.
They can see a variety of peaceful landscapes reflected, to improve their mood and well-being while in the bore. This further contributes to reducing claustrophobia-related anxiety and enhances the overall patient experience.
Mirrors in MRI machines speed up scans for claustrophobic patients. Previously, extreme claustrophobia required sedation or anaesthesia for MRI scans. Mirrors have greatly reduced this need, saving time, resources, and minimising associated risks with sedation or anaesthesia.
This discovery helps people with claustrophobia feel more at ease and makes scanning faster and safer.
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