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Sedatives Before CT or MRI Scans

We understand how difficult it can be for some patients to undergo a CT or MRI scan. However, due to safety concerns, we do not recommend or prescribe sedatives prior to any radiological procedures.

Why Did We Decide This?

  1. Expertise: GPs typically aren’t trained in administering sedatives, whereas hospital specialists are better equipped to prescribe and manage any necessary medication for scans.
  1. Professional Guidelines: The Royal College of Radiologists recommends that only experienced staff should provide and monitor sedation during scans, which excludes GPs from this role.
  1. Comprehensive Care: Proper management of pain relief or sedation requires a trained team that can access the right medications, perform thorough pre-procedure assessments, and have plans in place for sedation. This level of care cannot be provided by GPs.

What We Do Offer:

We understand the anxiety and discomfort that can accompany CT or MRI scans. To help alleviate these concerns, we are pleased to announce that our new scanners at Pontefract and the Wakefield Community Diagnostic Centre are designed to be less claustrophobic than our older models. These scanners feature calming lighting to create a more relaxing environment. If you have any concerns, please speak with your radiology department or hospital specialist to discuss alternative options and ensure your comfort and safety during the procedure.

For further information:

If you want more information, please refer to this helpful resource.

MRI scan – How it’s performed – NHS (