Title

Anxiety in patients undergoing MR imaging

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Family and Community Medicine; Department of Radiology

Publication Date

2-1-1989

Document Type

Article

Subjects

Anxiety; Humans; *Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Personality Inventory

Disciplines

Life Sciences | Medicine and Health Sciences

Abstract

To determine and quantify the major sources of anxiety for patients undergoing magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and to suggest means by which to eliminate or diminish their negative effects, the authors studied anxiety in 46 subjects. Of these, 20 randomly selected subjects who successfully completed the examination participated in exit interviews. Six subjects who terminated the examination before completion also completed exit interviews. Pre-imaging and postimaging questionnaires (state-trait anxiety inventory) were administered to measure anxiety in the 20 other subjects. Anxiety was associated with the constrictive dimensions of the magnet bore, examination duration, coil noise, and temperature within the bore. Preparation at the point of referral was consistently absent, incomplete, or misleading. Patients used identifiable strategies to cope with the examination: blinding, breathing relaxation techniques, visualization of pleasant images, and performance of mental exercises.

Rights and Permissions

Citation: Radiology. 1989 Feb;170(2):463-6.

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Link to Article in PubMed

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Radiology

PubMed ID

2911670