Scanxiety – Noun: a feeling of dread or terror about upcoming imaging.
[See also – MRI anticipation, CT apprehension and/or appointment angst]
Scanxiety is an actual phenomenon. It’s the looming feeling of worry and unease in advance of an upcoming MRI, CT, Xray or other imaging.
For people who are medically exceptional, or for those of us who love and parent people who are medically exceptional, the time leading up to imaging is intense. For those of us who experience this as part of our normal, imaging and what it reveals [or does not reveal] carries great weight. Imaging measures growth, changes, new baselines, things shrinking or growing and disease progression/regression.
For me, scanxiety starts to sneak up about a week before the MRI. The weight of the imaging feels heavier and more present as the date creeps closer. I've put together a totally unfinished list of what makes surviving scanxiety a bit easier, as this anticipation and waiting is part of our everyday life.
My [right now] recipe for surviving scanxiety:
I'd love to hear what's on your list for surviving scanxiety.