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MRI scanner that won't cause claustrophobia

27th November 2012

A new type of MRI scanner which is designed not to cause claustrophobia has been created by researchers in the UK.

The new upright scanner allows patients to sit or stand, rather than having to be confined in a tube.  Dr Jane Barrett, president of the Royal College of Radiologists, commented: "MRI has allowed major advances in the diagnosis of a significant number of conditions and is an important part of radiology services today. We know there are a small number of patients who find it difficult to have an MRI in a conventional machine where they lie down during the scan, usually because they suffer from claustrophobia. For these people, an upright MRI scanner may be the solution." 

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