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Sedation MRI

False Creek Healthcare is the only private facility in Canada that offers sedation for MRI.

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 MRI with sedation for patients who suffer from claustrophobia.

What to expect from MRI Sedation

Sedation for MRI requires a team of experts to ensure optimum safety and quality care. An anesthesiologist, a physician specializing in anaesthesia, 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 an MRI with Sedation

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.

Sedation for MRI Candidates

  • Claustrophobia: Patients who cannot tolerate enclosed spaces
  • Movement: Patients who are unable to lie still for long periods of time

What about 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 reason, we do not use Open MRI scanners at False Creek Healthcare.


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