I can’t fight this feeling

If you have ever felt nervous, anxious or on edge when in tight spaces such as an elevator, closet or even a small car, chances are you show signs of clinical claustrophobia. Claustrophobia is defined as “a fear of being in closed or small spaces” and “an unhappy or uncomfortable feeling caused by being in a situation that limits or … Read More

How did a DIS employee handle an MRI scan?

This week, I underwent an Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) exam that was performed in our 3T MRI scanner that was recently brought into the Diagnostic Imaging Services – Veterans Memorial Boulevard location. As someone who has gone through MRI tests either as a “test patient” or in this case, an actual patient study, I wanted to give a few tips … Read More

The advantage of the DIS open MRI for those with claustrophobia

Claustrophobia is a disorder characterized by the marked, persistent and excessive fear of enclosed spaces. In such affected individuals, exposure to an enclosed space such as that found with certain MRI systems, almost invariably provokes an immediate anxiety response that in it’s most extreme form is indistinguishable from the panic attack described above. Open MRIs were initially designed for claustrophobic … Read More

How to prepare your child for an x-ray or MRI

Going to the doctor can be scary enough for young children. So the idea of an X-Ray or MRI may prove particularly stressful. You see sophisticated equipment that can help identify risks to your child’s health. Your child, however, may simply see a big machine with laser-like lights strong enough to see through their skin and bones. Her perception of what it’s like to … Read More

How Does MRI Work?

MRI is short for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a procedure used in imaging centers to scan patients and determine the severity of certain injuries. An MRI machine uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create detailed images of the body. Common reasons people go in to get an MRI are for a sprained ankle or back pain. What should I do … Read More

Open MRI: don’t be fooled by misleading information

Closed magnets have a large horizontal tube or “bore” and are open at both ends. Since the patient is completely encircled inside the magnet, these magnets are not patient-friendly for claustrophobic or large patients. Some imaging centers refer to their short-bore magnets as “open” so be sure to ask if they have a true open magnet. Look for yourself — does this look … Read More

Woman grateful for our High Field Open Sided MRI System

D.I.S. received the following note from a woman who came to our Women’s & Advanced Imaging Center in Metairie this month for her MRI: I went for my first MRI today, 11/21/12 & the technician in Metairie was wonderful. She helped me tremendously. I’m claustrophobic, but she talked me through it & made me feel comfortable. I couldn’t have done … Read More