I didn’t even know this option was available till I searched. Even more about this new technology here. I am writing this post as I myself have severe claustrophobia, and someone close to me has to go through an MRI and is understandably extremely anxious. Just thinking of what he has to go through makes my heart ache.
You can be sedated but the problem is you’ll still be conscious and claustrophobia is all in the mind so I don’t know how much that can help. Only someone else with claustrophobia will understand how hard it is to shut off those messages in your head that you’re going to suffocate as your heart beats out of your chest and your palms start sweating. My hands turn to ice just thinking about it. Please Singapore hospital administrators, if you reading this, get some new technology stat so patients don’t have to be traumatized when they are already so ill and in so much pain.
More googling revealed that there is an open MRI centre in Hougang. I wonder what the charges are like and if hospitals will coordinate with this centre for their patients.
I actually know of two people close to me who have to undergo this and I hope that somehow they can have this option. One of them is not claustrophobic but being so still in the tunnel like machine was a painful experience.
I also can’t help but think that these machines are available, but probably reserved for high paying VIP patients and if that is true it would be sad indeed.
I would love to seek the opinion of my Health blogger friend Sister Earth Organics who is also a nurse, and from any of you out there who have similar concerns.