Nervous About Imaging Day?
You’ve got an MRI, CT scan or another imaging test coming up, and you’re feeling nervous. It’s OK. We understand. Imaging is a safe and effective way for your medical providers to see what’s going on inside your body. We’re here to offer tips for how you can relieve anxiety before and after your imaging test.
Ways to Keep Calm: Before and After
Before Your Imaging Test
• When you learn what kind of imaging test you’re having, spend some time researching it online. Familiarizing yourself with the procedure can help you feel prepared.
• On the day of your scan, dress in comfortable clothes that you can easily slip on and off. That will make the process of getting ready for your scan easier—and help you leave more quickly once it’s done.
• If it would help, ask a friend or family member to come with you to your scan. Knowing you have someone with you may help provide comfort.
• On your way into the imaging center, take a minute to focus on your breathing. Take deep breaths to help calm yourself down.
• Ask your imaging technician what to expect during the test and if there is anything you can do to make the process go smoother.
After Your Imaging Test
• Take some time to do an activity you enjoy. Take a walk, or call your best friend for a chat. Listen to your favorite music or audiobook on the drive back from the imaging center. Plan a small, simple way to reward yourself for following through and taking care of your health.
• Do something active, even if it’s just a short walk around the block. Exercise will help lower your stress hormones.
I’m Nervous About My Results
Waiting can be the hardest part, but your providers will get back to you as soon as possible with your results. Until then, try these techniques to help you relax.
• Distract yourself with a different activity. Read a book, watch TV, spend time with a loved one or call a friend.
• Journal or talk about your thoughts.
• Meditate or pray, if you feel comfortable doing so.
To find an American Health Imaging service location near you, call (855) 674-2464.