🇬🇧 Stress and Claustrophobia in MRI and CT scans

🇬🇧 Undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scans can be a stressful experience for patients, especially for those who suffer from claustrophobia. The feeling of being confined in an enclosed space during the test can be anxiety-provoking and, in some cases, lead to increased anxiety that can result in self-injury or aggression towards healthcare staff.

Stress and Claustrophobia in MRI and CT scans: MRI and CT scans are essential diagnostic tools that provide detailed images of the inside of the body. However, for some patients, the process can be distressing due to the closed nature of the equipment used. Claustrophobia can trigger symptoms such as shortness of breath, rapid pulse rate, sweating, trembling, nausea, dizziness and, in extreme cases, panic attacks.12.


Assaults on healthcare workers: The stress and anxiety experienced by patients during these tests can lead to aggressive behaviour, posing a safety risk to healthcare workers. Assaults can be verbal or physical and affect both the well-being of workers and the quality of medical care.3.

Solutions to Relax Patients: To mitigate stress and claustrophobia, several solutions have been proposed:


It is crucial that healthcare facilities implement these strategies to improve the patient experience and reduce the risk of assaults. In addition, it is important that healthcare staff receive training on how to handle stressful situations and potential assaults to ensure a safe environment for both patients and themselves.


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