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Early MRI termination with major impact on the radiological interpretation: the experience of a large university hospital

Published inEuropean journal of radiology, vol. 161, 110751
Publication date2023-04
First online date2023-02-23

Purpose: To report the incidence of early magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) terminations and analyse their risk factors in a large university hospital.

Method: All consecutive patients aged > 16 years who underwent an MRI over a 14-month period were included. The following parameters were collected: demographics, in- or outpatient, history of claustrophobia, anatomical region investigated, and early MRI termination along with its cause. The potential link between these parameters and early MRI termination was statistically analysed.

Results: Overall, 22,566MRIs were performed (10,792 [48%] men and 11,774[52%] women, mean age: 57 [range: 16-103] years). Early MRI termination was reported in 183 (0.8%) patients (99 men and 84 women, mean age: 63 years). Of these early terminations, 103 (56%) were due to claustrophobia and 80 (44%) to other causes. Early terminations were more common in inpatients than outpatients (1.2% vs. 0.6%, p < 0.001), for both claustrophobia- and non-claustrophobia-related reasons. A prior history of claustrophobia was strongly associated with claustrophobia-related early termination (6.6% vs. 0.2%, p = 0.0001). Non-claustrophobia-related early terminations were significantly more common (0.6% vs. 0.2%) in elderly patients (>65 years old) than in younger ones. No other parameter was significantly associated with early termination.

Conclusions: Early MRI termination is currently rare. The main risk factors for claustrophobia-related terminations comprised a prior history of claustrophobia, and examinations in inpatients. Non-claustrophobia-related early terminations were more common in both elderly patients and inpatients.

Keywords: Claustrophobia; Inpatients; MRI; Outpatients; Termination; Unanticipated event.

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Hospitals
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phobic Disorders / complications
  • Radiography
  • Risk Factors
Citation (ISO format)
PLATON, Alexandra et al. Early MRI termination with major impact on the radiological interpretation: the experience of a large university hospital. In: European journal of radiology, 2023, vol. 161, p. 110751. doi: 10.1016/j.ejrad.2023.110751
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