Increasing Patient Comfort for Medical Imaging Tests

When people need to have medical imaging, they face a variety of emotions. At Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we understand that having these procedures can make patients nervous, especially when thinking about the possible results. This is why we implement a number of different practices in the hopes of making our patients comfortable and secure in their choice to use Doctors Imaging as their imaging facility.

To begin, the patient that has the most information about the procedure often feels the most confident and relaxed. Technicians and physicians often remark that the patients who are the most nervous are simply reacting to a lack of information.. So before coming in for your exam, be sure to look at the Doctors Imaging frequently asked medical imaging questions for a vast array of interactive information concerning medical imaging devices. What you’ll find throughout our website, or by asking our technicians questions, is experienced knowledge and an eagerness to make our patients feel as prepared and comfortable as possible.

At Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we believe that knowledge is power but we also believe it is our responsibility to make our patients as comfortable as possible while in our care. We have a variety of approaches that we manage, all with the same goal of acquiring the best images possible for physicians but more importantly providing patients with the best experience possible as well.

Some patients will feel uncomfortable during the exam portion of the appointment. Many people have a problem with claustrophobic feelings and this phobia can be elevated during these kind of procedures. During exams like CTs and MRIs, patients are placed into the machine and while they are hardly trapped, the feeling of enclosure can be overwhelming for some. In order to combat this problem, doctors and technicians ask that patients be as honest as possible so that the procedure can be done as efficiently as possible. For example, if a patient is feeling particularly nervous or jumpy, they can fidget or make involuntary movements that can create problems concerning the quality of images.

If you are a patient that has a problem with claustrophobia, you have a few different options. At Doctors Imaging, we can play relaxing music while you are having the exam performed in an effort to keep you calm. Or if the patient has a specific type of music they find relaxing, don’t hesitate to ask your technician to play it. Or bring a CD with you.

Other options for claustrophobic patients would be a change in the medical imaging devices. MRIs are often described as enclosed but luckily, an open or standing MRI has been invented. When using this kind of machinery, patients are not totally enveloped in the machine and many have mentioned that they enjoy this kind of exam in comparison. But before you change the kind of instrument you use, you need to know that the quality of images may decrease. During an MRI exam, the magnet that revolves around the patient gives higher quality images because the magnet is able to make a complete rotation. While the images gained from open MRIs are still viable, they may not be of the same quality as traditional MRIs.

If the patient does not want to change the kind of machine used, they could speak to their doctor or technicians about taking a sedative prior to the exam. It would really be best if your primary care physician prescribed this medication simply because they have a deeper knowledge concerning your medical history and other medications you may be taking.

Other options we have for keeping patients comfortable at Doctors Imaging are bringing family members or friends with you during your exam. They may not be able to hold your hand during the entirety of the exam but for many just knowing that the presence of a familiar face is in the vicinity helps to keep their anxiety at a minimum.

At Doctors Imaging in Metairie, we aim to help give you the best imaging experience possible. Not only because we know that the patients are likely nervous about their procedure but because we are dedicated to giving our patients the best quality images. And we believe this is done by keeping the patient informed and comfortable.

To schedule your medical imaging appointment, please use our online scheduling form or call 504-883-8111.