Anish Patel – Upright Open MRI Scanner, MRI Back, Knee, West Midlands, Birmingham

Anish Patel

Claustrophobia is quite a common problem. It can affect up to 30% of patients undergoing MRI scanning. Unfortunately, this does produce problems. If a patient it claustrophobic, they tend to move around in the scanner more often, and therefore, the image quality that we get from the scans is sub-optimal. The scanner that we have here is an open MRI scanner in which the patient isn’t completely surrounded by the magnet and they have their faces completely free, and they can look around, have a panoramic view of their surroundings, and can even watch television or DVDs while having the scan. This reduces patient anxiety, reduces claustrophobia, results in less movement, and produces a better quality image.