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Apr302011

Dogs May Help to Reduce Pre-MRI Anxiety

Duncan Smith/Photodisc(NEW YORK) -- Individuals who tend to become anxious when getting an MRI, may want to think about spending some time with a therapy dog the next time they have to do so.

According to the findings from a study done at the Monmouth Medical Center and presented at an American Roentgen Ray Society meeting, Dogs may prove helpful in getting rid of anxiety in patients that have to undergo an MRI.

The project was conceived and researched by 15-year-old Allison Ruchman, who suffered from anxiety and claustrophobia prior to her MRI and found that her tension was relieved by creating a mental image of her dog. The theory was then tested on other patients who were allowed to interact with a therapy dog prior to doing an MRI, and the study found that therapy dogs were helpful in reducing anxiety in the patients.

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