Having to do an MRI is one of the most dreadful of procedures. The older standard machines made of confined narrow tunnels trigger claustrophobia and anxiety. Researchers from Victoria University Of Wellington have developed a seated solution.
The new patient handling system is more comfortable, accessible and affordable. Patients sit in a chair with their head covered by a helmet-like scanner while the rest of their body is free- a great move from the narrow tunnels. The patient receives a remote control to adjust their seating and head support. They also have an open window to see out in the process to reduce claustrophobia.