Harley Street private open MRI for claustrophobia
If you experience claustrophobia and are worried about getting an MRI, we understand and want to make sure you have a comfortable experience. Our facility has advanced MRI machines that are designed to be patient-friendly and less confining. They are more open and have dynamic lighting and sound elements that can help reduce anxiety and promote relaxation during the procedure. Our staff is highly trained and experienced in helping patients manage their fears. They will provide continuous support throughout the entire process, and you can even have someone sit with you in the MRI room if that makes you more comfortable. Our open MRI options are a great alternative to traditional MRI machines for those who struggle with claustrophobia. We also offer a special mirror that allows you to see outside the machine while you are getting the scan. If you are concerned about claustrophobia during an MRI, we have options available to help you feel at ease.
A newly highly innovative Ambient
Experience has been added to our
3T MRI room
This innovative technology allows patients to watch a video that is displayed on a screen outside the MRI machine, while a mirror attached to the head gear allows them to see it. By providing visual and audio elements, the experience becomes more relaxing and patient-friendly.
Furthermore, the latest advancements in diagnostic imaging have led to exclusive features such as 80% acoustic noise reduction, voice guidance, and comfortable tables, all of which contribute to a smoother and faster scan. These features can reduce the likelihood of needing to redo the scan, making the process more efficient and less stressful for patients.
The scanner itself is also designed to be more accommodating. It has a wide 70 cm patient bore (15 cm wider than traditional scanners), allowing for more space and less confinement during the procedure. Additionally, it has a large 55cm FOC capability, which makes it possible to scan larger patients.
If you are someone who is anxious or claustrophobic about getting an MRI, talk to your doctor about these options. They may be able to recommend a facility that offers these alternatives and can help make your experience more comfortable.
Why did we upgrade from an Open 1.0T to 3T with claustrophobic friendly features?
We've recently upgraded our MRI scanner to a 3T strength magnetic field, which not only enhances the quality of images but also reduces the time needed for scans. Additionally, we offer an alternative to traditional MRI machines for those who feel claustrophobic.
Our open MRI machine provides a more spacious and less enclosed environment, which can ease any feelings of anxiety or discomfort during the scan. We also allow a friend or family member to sit in the room with you during the scan, if that would make you more comfortable.
If you're still feeling uneasy about getting an MRI, we also offer other options for those who experience claustrophobia. One option is the use of a mirror. This allows you to see outside of the machine while the scan is taking place, giving you a greater sense of control during the procedure.
At UME Health, our goal is to provide the best possible experience for all of our patients, regardless of their individual needs or concerns. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please don't hesitate to reach out to us.
What are the advantages of the 3T MRI scan compared to Open MRI?
Higher Resolution Scanning: Our magnets are stronger than open MRI scanners and can easily tell fat and water apart during your scan, which results in higher quality images.
Faster Scanning of Images: Our MRI system surrounds you with higher-powered magnets on all sides, resulting in quicker scanning for targeted areas and fuller images.
Wider Diagnosing Options: Our MRI system can diagnose a wide range of problems due to the strong magnetic field and also can accommodate patients who are claustrophobic and in higher weight body.
What does the Ambient
The Ambient MRI Experience provides patients with an interactive experience, enabling them to choose from different video themes which incorporate music, lighting and imagery inside the room and MRI scanner.
Traditional Scans can cause stress to MRI claustrophobic patients, sometimes leading to inaccurate images due to more patient motion, however, the Ambient Experience makes patients feel more comfortable, and as a result, sit still which often translates to higher quality images.
This environment helps to empower and calm patients.
UME Health Radiology Consultants
Mr Mohammad Rana, London
"I visited UME Health for an MRI scan in July. The team helped by explaining how the scanner works and detailing what the experience would be like. This machine was less claustrophobic than other MRIs and the staff were the most helpful, with Shimaa sitting with me during the entire scan to easy my anxiety.
The scan was conducted with the presence of a screen which made me feel at ease and as though I was watching TV so was a good distraction. One thing I liked was their attention to detail in order to meet patients needs. This was fantastic because I was allowed to listen to an audio of my choice which made me feel comfortable. This was appreciated beyond belief."
MRI for Prostate Cancer
"I found the Ambient Experience with the lightening comforting and calming. You did not feel that you were in a medical setting. At all times the team were listening, talking to me and reassuring. I actually was very still so that none of the scans had to be repeated and this was down to their patience, allowing my wife to be with me and the very clear messages telling you how long each scan would be."
Miss Paulette Robin, London
"I would like to say a huge thank you to the staff who carried out my MRI scan. I am claustrophobic and suffer with anxiety. They took the time to talk to me and gave me a test run. I took my own video to watch. The equipment has a mirror attachment to allow viewing which focuses your mind away from the machine.
One member of staff sat with me through the whole thing, giving me re-assurance. God bless her. With each scan you are given notice of how long each will take and before you realize it you are done. I did 3 scans yesterday when I thought I couldn't do one!"
Mr Matthew Suher, Liverpool
"I would note that having the MRI at your clinic was excellent for me a have a phobia about going inside a 'tube' however the MRI at the clinic was an easy experience for me having a larger space being able to see colourful scenes and being able to listen to music were all very comforting I am glad that I got to you just before the lockdown."
Mr Peter Stolerman, London
"I visited UME Health because I needed a head scan, the first I've had to. They helped by being supportive and comforting throughout, everyone I met could not have been nicer. The scan was infinitely better than I expected, I have always had an open scanner and this was my first in bore scanner. The mirror and ability to watch a film not really knowing you were in a bore was excellent and destressed me.
I found the Ambient Experience as above excellent. Very calming. I would recommend UME Health to people who like me need to have an MRI scan, who are like me, apprehensive and are claustrophobic and may not be able to cope. I coped, and if I need future MRIs, this, rather than an open scanner will be my first choice."
Why Choose UME Health Harley Street
We offer self-payment options, and we can provide you with a breakdown of the expenses linked to your treatment.
Fast Scans and Results
We offer exclusive consultations every day at our specialised diagnostic facility and results of scans will be reported and delivered within 2 days.
Local GP Available
In case you're in need of immediate private GP attention, UME Health provides expedited services for the same purpose.
Friendly and Welcoming Staff
At our clinic, we take pride in our friendly and welcoming staff. We want our patients to feel welcome and cared for.
Claustrophobic MRI patients FAQs
Welcome to our patient-friendly MRI for claustrophobia FAQ section! We have carefully selected some of the most common questions that patients may have regarding MRI scans, and this section below is designed to help you find the answers you are looking for. Whether you are seeking information about the procedure itself, the preparation needed, or the benefits and risks involved, we have compiled a comprehensive list of questions and answers to provide you with all the information you need to know. So, if you have any uncertainties or queries about patient-friendly MRI scans, we encourage you to explore this section and find the answers you are seeking.
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