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Managing Claustrophobia during an MRI

A traditional MRI may be difficult for patients for various reasons. You may be claustrophobic or simply anxious, or you may have a body type that makes it difficult to fit into a traditional scanner due to your size or weight.

At CDI, serving the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, we offer a wide selection of MRIs - High-field, High-field Open, High-field Wide-bore and High-field Oval - to make the imaging experience as comfortable as possible for you while capturing high-quality images.

See a patient experience the High-field Open MRI:

A core value of our organization is compassion. Our center staff understands the MRI experience can cause fear in patients and are prepared to help you comfortably complete this important exam that can help in your diagnosis and treatment planning.

If you know you are claustrophobic, you can prepare for the MRI beforehand by reviewing these three tips for overcoming claustrophobia.

Three Tips for Overcoming Claustrophobia

Seattle-based therapist Lisa Crunick points to three common therapy techniques to help you through the process of tackling your fear:

1. EFT — Emotional Freedom Technique: A therapist leads you through remembering an event and helps you “flatten” it, says Crunick. EFT uses the same pressure points that acupuncture has targeted for 5,000 years, but instead of using needles, the fingertips apply tapping pressure to those points. The psychological acupressure technique is combined with positive affirmations. See how EFT works.

2. NLP — Neuro-Linguistic programming: This technique is based on how language is used to create change. NLP research began in the mid-1970s and was based on work by the psychiatrist Milton Erikson, who studied the relationship between the brain, language and the body.

3.Hypnosis: In this approach, a therapist helps you change your behavior by focusing your attention. Hypnosis is a point of heightened focus and concentration where you are more susceptible to suggestion. Crunick uses the example of the mind as a ski mountain with certain slopes you use often. Hypnosis can help you change your habits and try a new run.

MRIs Vary. You Have Options.

When it comes to MRI, we have a wide selection to make your imaging experience as comfortable as possible, while capturing exceptionally detailed images. Working with you and your medical provider, we will help select the MRI that is right for you. Here is a quick look at the variety of MRIs we offer throughout DFW in order of openness:

High-field Open MRI

  • Truly open MRI with 270-degree unobstructed views
  • High-field scanner for high-quality, clear images
  • Ideal for claustrophobic, anxious and larger patients
  • Available at Mansfield and Richardson


High-field Oval MRI

  • An oval opening designed around the shape of the body
  • High-field scanner for high-quality, clear images
  • Extra space for broad-shouldered or overweight patients
  • Accommodates anxious and claustrophobic patients
  • Available at McKinney


High-field, Wide-bore MRI

  • Large inner-bore (this is the inside of the MRI where you lie) is, the size of a hula hoop
  • High-field scanner for high-quality, clear images
  • Available at Plano (Independence) 


High-field MRI 

High-field MRI


We want to you to be confident, comfortable and feel in control during your diagnostic imaging exam. If you have a scheduled appointment with us, you are welcome to visit the center prior to your exam to see the scanner and meet our team.

Center for Diagnostic Imaging centers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area are operated by Methodist CDI, a Texas non-profit corporation, and are staffed by independently practicing physicians who are contracted by Methodist CDI. The physicians and staff who provide services at the imaging centers are not employees or agents of Methodist Health System or any of its affiliated hospitals.