Ready patient one? Could a virtual experience help as a preparatory tool prior to MRI scanning?

Author(s): Darren Hudson, Dr Christine Heales

Hospital: InHealth Group, University of Exeter

Reference: RAD Magazine, 50, 584, 21


The prospect of undergoing any diagnostic imaging procedure can evoke concern and anxiety among patients, perhaps most notably in the case of MRI. Despite ongoing developments in scanner technology, the persistence of scan-related anxiety and claustrophobia remains a challenge in clinical practice. This primarily stems from the inherent nature of the imaging procedure and physical nature of the equipment used. As a consequence, patients may be unable to complete a scan, or even avoid appointments, translating to substantial costs to the healthcare system. This not only affects patient outcomes and experience, but also service delivery in already time pressured departments.

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