Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is extremely valuable for diagnosing Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injuries, and other abnormalities. Unfortunately, having an MRI may provoke anxiety due to the confined space and the loud noises caused by the machine. At False Creek Healthcare Centre we offer total sedation MRI for patients who suffer from claustrophobia.
What to expect
Total sedation MRI requires a team of experts to ensure optimum safety and quality care. An anesthesiologist, a physician specializing in anesthesia, will discuss your sedation options. A respiratory technologist will monitor your breathing during sedation, and a nurse will assist the anesthesiologist and monitor your vital signs.
The anesthesiologist will administer sedation in a room adjacent to the MRI. Once fully sedated, you will be transferred to the MRI bed.
After the MRI
You will spend approximately 2 hours in the recovery room where a nurse will care for you. You will require someone to drive you home, as it will not be safe to drive for 24 hours.
Candidates for Total Sedation MRI
- Patients who cannot tolerate enclosed spaces
- Patients who are unable to lie still for long periods of time
Claustrophobia and Open MRI – Open MRI scanners do provide the patients with more headroom than conventional tube-shaped scanners, but they provide less detailed images. For this reasons, we do not use Open MRI scanners at False Creek Healthcare Centre.
False Creek Healthcare is the only private healthcare facility in Canada that offers total sedation for diagnostic MRI.
Learn more about MRI
Speak to an MRI patient advisor or Request an Appointment