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Newcastle Clinic buys open-sided MRI scanner for claustrophobic patients

The Newcastle Clinic has purchased a new ‘open-sided’ MRI scanner for patients who suffer from claustrophobia or anxiety.

The latest Signa Ovation mid-field model performs an array of exams, including studies of the central nervous system, body, joints, extremities, and some cardiac and vascular anatomy.

The machine configuration makes it easier to find the field of view for shoulders, hips, knees, ankles and wrists and offers patients greater comfort, shorter exams and fewer retakes.

The Newcastle Clinic MD Shaun Fryer said this is a completely open scanner providing a much more comfortable and relaxing environment and is particularly ideal for patients who are of large build, who may be claustrophobic, frail or anxious.

"To help keep the patient calm and to promote a stress free experience most patients are able to read, listen to music and have a companion sat with them whilst they are being scanned. This is not possible with a closed scanner," Fryer said.

"It is also very quiet in comparison with a conventional tunnel MRI scanner, so it’s much less intimidating for children, who can see their parents and be reassured throughout the scanning process."